During the interview you should be asked, “Do you have any questions?” Be prepared with several appropriate questions. (You can bring a notepad with your questions on it to the interview.) Possible questions include the following:
The following questions help clarify what is important to the interviewer. If possible, ask at least one of these questions early in the interview, so you can discuss how your qualifications fit what he/she is looking for:
- “What qualifications are most important to you in the person you hire for this position?”
- “What problems would you like to see the person in this position address/solve within the next year?”
- “How is “success” evaluated in this position?”
If you would like more information about the job responsibilities (if, for example, there is no written job description), you can ask questions such as:
- “Can you tell me what a typical day would be like?”
- “What are the major responsibilities of this position?”
- “What are the commonly experienced satisfactions and frustrations of this job?”
Toward the end of the interview, ask:
- “When do you anticipate making a decision about this position?” or “When can I expect to hear regarding this position?”
Other possible questions:
- “What is the typical career path of someone entering this position?
- “To whom will I report? Will I have an opportunity to meet him/her?”
- “How often are performance reviews given?”
- “What is the company's policy regarding paying for further education or training?
- “Does this company promote from within or does it tend to hire people from the outside for upper-level positions?”
- “What is the percentage of women (and/or minority) managers?”
- “How much travel is involved in this position?”
- “What type of training is given for this position? How long will it last?”“What has been the company’s growth pattern during the last five years?”
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