As a hiring manager here are some questions that I like to ask candidates. I have also included some questions that I like to ask when I am the candidate.
This question should be asked to gain insight into the company's current situation and potential growth opportunities. Understanding whether the role is new or a replacement can provide clues about the company's priorities and future plans. If it is a new role, the candidate might infer that the company is expanding and there may be more opportunities for growth in the future. If it is a replacement, they might want to know why the previous employee left and if there are any challenges associated with the position. Additionally, knowing why the role is open can help the engineer determine if they are a good fit for the company culture and working environment. 1
Asking this question shows the candidate is interested in more than just the technical aspects of the job. It also provides insight into the company culture and values, allowing the candidate to determine if it aligns with the company goals and work style. By understanding what qualities are valued by the company, the candidate can better position themselves as a strong candidate during the interview process. 2