Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Employers are generally impressed when an applicant asks insightful questions.
Good topics to ask about include:
• Management style
• Challenges of the company
• Goals of the company
Generally, it is considered unprofessional to ask about pay or benefits on the first interview. You want to let the company know what you can do for them and not what they can do for you.
Pick your favorite 4 - 5 questions and have them prepared to ask during the interview process.
- Please describe the duties of the job for me.
- What kinds of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
- Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
- Does your company encourage further education?
- How often are performance reviews given?
- What products are in the development stage now?
- Do you have plans for expansion?
- What are your growth projections for next year?
- Have you cut your staff in the last three years?
- How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
- In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
- Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
- What is the largest single problem facing your staff (department) now?
- What do you like best about your job/company?
- Has there been much turnover in this job area?
- Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
- What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
- What skills are especially important for someone in this position?
- What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share?
- Is there a lot of team/project work?
- Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
- Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
- How much travel, if any, is involved in this position?
- What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you or my recruiter?