Questions to ask us

We will have prepared a bunch of questions about what we know about you so far (that is, based on your resume and cover letter), and questions that will help us understand how you’re thinking about the role.

We like it when you ask us questions, because it helps learn about each other. Here are some ideas for questions you might want to ask (maybe just choose a few, not all of them!).

Questions relevant for a Contractor or an Employee

The “mode” of employment (Employee, or Contractor) is mentioned on our Job Ad. That affects how we work together. Many questions we suggest you ask are relevant regardless of the model of employment.

  • What’s your least favourite thing about working here?
  • Can you give me an overview of the company’s strategic plan?
  • What are the biggest threats to the company in the next 12 months? How do you plan to deal with them?
  • As you’re a distributed company, how do you all communicate?
  • How have you made an impact at the company?
  • What does the day-to-day work look like, for this role? [can I speak with someone who holds this position?]
  • Why did the last person in this role leave?
  • What’s the company’s vision for the future?
  • What would happen if I made a serious mistake?
  • What differentiated good and bad people in this role in the past?
  • How is your product any different to the competition?
  • What are some problems the company is facing currently? How does it plan to deal with them?
  • What’s your favourite thing about working here?
  • Is there anything in regards to me that you are on the fence about, or feel is a grey area?
  • Do you think I’ll be a good fit for the job?
  • Can I meet the Managing Director?

Questions only relevant for Employees

These questions are more relevant for people applying for a full- or part-time role at the company.

  • What opportunities are there for cross-training?
  • What opportunities are there for growth / personal development?
  • How often will I receive a performance review?
  • Do I assess my peers; will they assess me?
  • Are there formal ways for me to assess my manager?
  • How will I know I have done quality work?
  • What would my KPI’s be?
  • What has your journey in the company been like so far?
  • How can I effect change in the company?
  • What effect can I have on the company’s success?
  • [if a fixed term contract is on offer] How can I have the best chance of contract renewal at the end of its period?

Questions only relevant for Contractors

These questions are more relevant to people who work with us in a contracting capacity (that is, will invoice us monthly).

  • How will you verify my invoice?
  • What sort of things would cause the company to end the contract with me?
  • How involved will I be in the company socially?