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Questions to Ask

At the end of nearly every interview, interviewers will turn the tables on you and ask if you have any questions for them. The correct answer to that question is always a resounding "YES!!" Not having a prepared list of questions ready for the employer will make it appear that you're not interested in the position or the company, so you MUST have a list ready. This is another place where the research you should have done on the company will come in handy. This research will help you to come up with some targeted questions to ask the employer. Here are a few possibilities to get you started:

  • What are the organization's objectives/mission?
  • Could you explain your organizational structure?
  • Describe a typical work day.
  • Describe the work environment.
  • What will be the greatest challenge in the job?
  • What is the retention rate for people in the position for which I am applying?
  • What type of training programs do you have for employees?
  • What are the opportunities for growth in your organization?
  • How is an employee evaluated and promoted?
  • Based on past records, what is the realistic time frame for advancement?
  • What are the company's plans for future growth?
  • What makes your company different from its competitors?
  • What do you enjoy about working here?
  • What qualities do you look for in new hires?
  • What are the expectations of new hires?
  • What characteristics does a successful person have at your company?
  • When do you expect to make a decision?

REMEMBER: The interview is NOT the appropriate place to ask about salary and benefits. Questions about that can come AFTER you've been extended an offer, but first, you have to get the offer!

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