It can be awkward when you don’t have any questions for your manager at the end of a 1:1, or even worse if you ask the wrong question! Asking questions, but especially the right questions, is extremely important but can be difficult.
Here are some questions that you can ask your manager to impress them on the spot!
- What are some tangible ways that I can improve?
- By asking this question, you are showing that improvement and growth are really important to you. Additionally, you are taking the initiative by asking for tangible feedback from your manager—someone who knows you and your working style very well!
- How can I help you or your team this week?
- When asking to take some work off of your manager’s plate, you are not only getting exposure to potentially higher-level work, you are also adding value to the team in an extremely meaningful way.
- Are there any pieces of training or certifications that you think would help guide my career?
- By asking this high-level question, you are showcasing your commitment to long-term career growth. Additionally, your manager might be able to point you in the right direction towards training that can grow your career in a direction that you have been looking for.
- After reviewing my work, is there anything that you would suggest I do differently for next time?
- Asking this question really shows your manager how dedicated you are to improving on a specific task. It also shows that you are willing to improve your working style or tactics to better fit your supervisor’s needs.
With these four questions in your back pocket, you should be able to impress your manager!