Job-seekers need to ask questions of the interviewer(s) in job interviews; here’s a list of some questions you can ask your prospective employer.
Toward the end of most job interviews, the interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask questions. You must ask at least one question; to do otherwise often signals the interviewer that you don’t really have any interest in the job or the company. On the other hand, do not ask questions where the answer is obvious or readily available — or when the topic has already been thoroughly discussed in the interview. And never ask about salary and benefit issues until those subjects are raised by the employer. The best questions to ask should come directly from your research of the employer, but the following are some more general questions you can ask of your interviewer(s).
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Questions a job-seeker might ask at a job interview:
- Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?
- What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job?
- What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
- How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? And by whom? How often?
- Can you describe the company’s (or division’s or department’s) management style?
- Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
- How would you describe the company’s values?
- How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department?
- Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current in their fields?
- What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the near future? The biggest threat?
- Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
- How is this department perceived within the organization?
- Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization?
- What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?
- What is the organization’s policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices?
- Are lateral or rotational job moves available?
On the flip side, here are questions you should not ask during an interview:
- Questions You Should Not Ask in a Job Interview
- Don’t Ask Your Employer These Questions in an Interview
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