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Questions to Ask Employers

An interview is a two-way communication. You must ask questions to learn what you need to make an educated decision about whether you are comfortable with the company and the position. It also portrays a sincere interest in your career and your future. If you don’t ask questions, an interviewer will feel that you have little interest in your career and the position. 

Before your interview, prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the position and the company. Avoid questions regarding salary and benefits. Jot them down in your notebook and refer to them at this stage of your interview.

  • Is this a newly created position, or would I be replacing someone?
  • Who would I be trained or introduced to the job?
  • How long should it take me to get my feet on the ground and become productive?
  • How many people work in your department? In the company?
  • Who are the people I’d be working with? Is it possible to meet them?
  • Can someone in this job be promoted? If so, to what position?
  • How will I be evaluated in my job?
  • Has the company had a layoff in the last three years? If so, how long was the layoff and was everyone called back?
  • Is this company owned by another company?
  • What significant changes has the company experienced in the past year?
  • Could I be given a brief tour?
  • How many people held this job in the past five years?
  • What qualifications are you looking for in the person you need?
  • Who will be my immediate supervisor? (You should request an opportunity to meet this person if the interview is occurring at the company site.)
  • What will my duties be? (If not already discussed.)
  • How much travel is required?
  • Do you have a training program for this position? If so, what training is provided?
  • I am interested in this position. When will I hear from you regarding your decision?

Questions to Ask Current Employees

If the opportunity is provided to visit with current employees, be prepared to ask them questions.

  • How long have you worked for this company?
  • Why do you continue to work for this company?
  • What do you like most about working for this company?
  • What do you like least about working for this company?
  • What is the culture (the general atmosphere) of this company?

Unfortunately, not all interviews will result in a job offer. For those interviews that fall short, express your appreciation for their consideration and to keep you mind if other opportunities arise. Always, remain positive and professional, as you don’t want to permanently close any doors. Remain optimistic and don’t take the “rejection” personally. Feel free to ask the interviewer where you fell short and work to make suggested or implied improvements. Use the experience as a learning tool. 

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