Do you like asking questions? Maybe you should. Your career may depend on it. Instead of assuming that you know what your boss is thinking and what the priorities are, ask some questions. You may be surprised at the answers.
So what questions should you ask your boss? Here are some questions that are definitely on the list:
1) How am I doing? You should have an accurate sense of how your boss views your performance on a regular basis. Waiting until your annual performance review is a no-no. By the time you get to that point, you may have already established your boss’ perspective of you which may be hard to change. Timely, ongoing feedback is crucial if you want to succeed at your organization.
2) What are your expectations for me in this position for this year? A new year is about to begin. In January it is smart to ask your boss this question. If you assume that you know the answer to this question, you could find out the hard way that you are wrong. After you have a conversation with your boss about this, make it a point to follow up by email and recap what you discussed. That way, if there are any differences between what you heard and what the boss meant, you can get feedback quickly.
3) Am I meeting your expectations? This is a direct question that deserves an honest answer. If the answer to the question is yes, then you are on the right road, and all that you have to do is to continue doing what you’re doing. But if the answer is no, then you need to find out exactly what expectations you are not meeting and discuss a plan for how you can turn the situation around.
4) Are there any areas of growth that you see that I need to work on? This may be a tough question to ask because as human beings we much prefer positive feedback to constructive criticism. But if there are areas of growth for you, then now is the time to find that out and to work on them.
5) What would you say are my strengths? This is a great question to ask because not only do you want to know what your potential areas of growth are, but you also want to know from you boss what you are doing well. (Not to mention the fact that this is a commonly-asked interview question, so if you know how you are perceived professionally, then you can answer this question at an interview without hesitation.)
6) Are there any projects coming down the pike that I could become involved in that would enhance my skillset? This question shows that you have real interest in your career as well as interest in the company. It also shows that you are willing to take the initiative. Instead of passively waiting for a project to come to you, you are showing your willingness to get involved.
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