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What questions should you ask at a job interview?

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2014-03-12 15:54:16

Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview

An interview is a two-way street. Ask questions. The employer

should provide an opportunity for you to ask questions at or near

the end of the interview.

  • Always prepare questions to ask. Having no questions prepared

    sends the message that you have no independent thought

    process.

  • Some of your questions may be answered during the course of the

    interview, before you are offered the opportunity to ask. If so,

    you can simply state something to the effect that you were

    interested in knowing about ..., but that was addressed during the

    interview. You could ask for additional clarification if

    applicable.

  • Do not ask questions that are clearly answered on the

    employer's web site and/or in any literature provided by the

    employer to you in advance. This would simply reveal that you did

    not prepare for the interview, and you are wasting the employer's

    time by asking these questions.

  • Never ask about salary and benefits issues until those subjects

    are raised by the employer.

If you are having trouble developing questions, consider the

following samples as food for thought. However,

don't ask a question if you are not truly interested in the answer;

it will be obvious to the employer.

  1. What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its

    competition?

  2. How important does upper management consider the function of

    this department/position?

  3. What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and

    how does this department fit in?

  4. Could you explain your organizational structure?
  5. How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be

    measured? By whom?

  6. What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  7. Could you describe your company's management style and the type

    of employee who fits well with it?

  8. What are some of the skills and abilities necessary for someone

    to succeed in this job?

  9. What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops,

    and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new

    ones?

  10. What particular computer equipment and software do you

    use?

  11. What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
  12. What percentage of routine, detailed work will I

    encounter?

  13. How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my

    efforts?

  14. Who will review my performance? How often?
  15. How much guidance or assistance is made available to

    individuals in developing career goals?

  16. How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my

    first assignment?

  17. Can you describe an ideal employee?
  18. What is your organization's policy on transfers to other

    cities?

  19. Can you describe a typical day for someone in this

    position?

  20. How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be

    measured? And by whom? How often?

  21. Can you describe the company's management style?
  22. Can you discuss your take on the company's corporate

    culture?

  23. What are the company's values?
  24. How would you characterize the management philosophy of this

    organization? Of your department?

  25. What is the organization's policy on transfers to other

    divisions or other offices?

  26. Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
  27. Does the organization support ongoing training and education

    for employees to stay current in their fields?

  28. What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the

    organization in the near future? The biggest threat?

  29. Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
  30. How is this department perceived within the organization?
  31. Is there a formal process for advancement within the

    organization?

  32. What are the traits and skills of people who are the most

    successful within the organization?

Here are other recommendations from WikiAnswers

contributors:

  • It's always good to ask about the person interviewing you.

    People love to talk about themselves. Ask them what they like about

    working at the company, ask them what brought them there and why

    they chose to work there.

  • DO NOT ask about salary or compensation. Save that for after

    you get an offer.

  • Anything you are interested in knowing. You don't have to ask

    anything though. But some good ones to ask if they didn't go over

    it or it wasn't posted in the job listing are, when will the job

    begin and when will they be calling the people or person they

    hired. Don't ask what the job pays, you'll discuss that after they

    choose to hire you. Or it's a set wage and they'll tell you after

    you are hired.

  • I would say to always ask questions if given the chance. This

    shows that you are interested in the job. What if you don't have a

    question? You should think of at least 2 or 3 intelligent questions

    ahead of time. One I always use, "Do you have any concerns about my

    ability to the job?" This will give you insight right away about

    what the interviewer may be using to cross you off of the list,

    which you can clarify right away. Also, intelligent questions add

    points to your "overall score" when employers are remembering

    you.

  • A very good end of interview question would be: Do you have any

    concerns that would prevent you from recommending or selecting me

    for this job? This would give you an opportunity to directly

    address any concerns that the interviewer might still have.

  • Let the employer know that you are excited about the

    opportunity. Ask them what the next step in the process is. After

    the interview, follow up with a thank you note or email ASAP. In it

    you can again thank them for their time, comment on a point or two

    that they mentioned that excites you about the position (shows you

    were listening), give an example where your skill set matches their

    needs, clarify or touch on a point you failed to mention in the

    interview, etc. Keep it brief and no negatives! Remember, your goal

    is to get the job offer. If the job is offered to you, then you can

    address any concerns you may have, because now the company is

    selling itself to you. And you can always turn the offer down.

  • Is there room for advancement in other departments?


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