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Questions to Ask Employers

Employers expect you to ask questions during an interview.

This is your chance to impress them with your knowledge of their company and your commitment to being successful if you are hired. It is also an opportunity to get the information you need to decide if you really want to work there. Remember, you are also interviewing them.

Always be prepared to ask questions. Prepare a variety of questions, realizing that some of them will be answered in the interview. You should avoid:

1) Simple questions whose answers can be easily found on their website.

2) Questions that focus on salary, vacation or other benefits. These questions should be addressed after you have received an offer. The exception is if you are presented with information on benefits, etc., during the interview. Then it is appropriate to ask questions to clarify that information.

Below are suggested questions you can use

General Questions

  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What particular computer equipment and software do you use?
  • What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
  • What percentage of routine, detailed work will I encounter?
  • What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
  • How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
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Questions About Performance and Success

  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
  • What are some of the skills and abilities necessary for someone to succeed in this position?
  • Who will review my performance? How often?
  • Please describe an ideal employee.
  • Please describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it.
  • How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts?
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Questions About Organizational Structure

  • How important does upper management consider the function of this department/position to be?
  • What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
  • Please explain your organizational structure.
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Questions About Professional Development

  • What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can maintain their skills or acquire new ones?
  • How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing their career goals?
  • What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities?

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