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This article describes questions you might ask.

Do You Have Any Questions for Us?

  • The right answer is always yes, or you risk appearing uninterested. Prepare some questions in advance, but, above all, ask questions that show a response to what you have learned from the interviewers, and that are lively, rather than formulaic. Some examples include:

Advancement

  • Can you tell me how success in this position is measured?
  • What skills would I need to be successful in this position?
  • How do you encourage your employees to keep current with professional developments in the field?
  • Could you tell me about your training program? What are some of the typical career paths followed by others who have been in this position? What would be a realistic timeframe for advancement?
  • What are the opportunities for personal growth?
  • What is the retention rate of people in the position for which I am interviewing?
  • Is it organizational policy to promote from within? What is the work history of your top management?

Responsibilities

  • Tell me about a typical day in this job.
  • Who would I work with most closely on a day-to-day basis?
  • How often can I expect to relocate during the initial years of employment with your organization?

Being New on the Job

  • What do you consider the most challenging aspect of this position for someone who is new to your organization?
  • What does the new [job title] need to accomplished in the next 6-12 months?
  • What qualities are you looking for in your new hires?
  • What are your expectations for new hires?
  • Could you describe a typical first assignment?
  • What are the most challenging facets of the position?

More about the Organization

  • Why is this position available?
  • What are your department's major projects in the coming year?
  • What do you think are your organization's greatest competitive strengths with clients?
  • What is the overall structure of the department where the position is located?
  • What is the work environment like?
  • What makes your organization different from its competitors?
  • What are your organizations strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe your corporation's personality and management style?
  • Why did you join the organization? Why have you stayed with the organization?
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