Many job candidates spend a lot of time prepping for their interviews by focusing on which questions the interviewer may ask them. While that is very important, it is equally important to prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Keep in mind that an interview is a two-way street. Not only is the firm evaluating whether they would like to hire you, but it’s also your chance to decide if you even want to work for the firm.
Here are some questions you should be asking in your interview.
How would you describe the firm’s culture and working environment?
Firm culture and working environment can make all the difference between you loving to go to work everyday and dreading each day you’re in the office. Use the interviewer's response to gauge whether it is a place that you can enjoy going to and with people you’ll enjoy working with. For additional questions to assess the firm's culture, click here.
Why do you like working at this firm?
This is similar to the first question, yet this type of question forces the interviewer to give some thought and answer it based on their personal experience. Their insights will give you an inside look at what it’s really like to work at the firm. If the interviewer struggles in answering, take that as a bad sign. However, if the interviewer can’t stop raving about the firm, then it’s a great sign that the role is a good one.
What professional development opportunities are available?
This question will tell you whether the company will be invested in your professional growth. Are they going to encourage you to attend conferences, continuing legal education seminars, etc? Will you be trained and mentored or is it a sink or swim type of environment? This question also shows the interviewer that you are serious about growing and becoming better as a professional.
Why did this role become available?
Asking this question can tell you a lot about the firm. You’ll either find out that the firm is growing and simply seeking to add to the team or that their employees are leaving the firm, which could be indicative of trouble ahead.
What process will be used to evaluate my employee performance?
You always want to know how you will be evaluated. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re doing a great job only to find that the firm is using an entirely different system to determine your effectiveness. It’s best to know before you start what all will be expected of you..