During an interview most people are nervous about the questions the recruiter will ask them. Well, why not make the recruiter and/hiring manager a little nervous with some questions of your own.
Joking aside, an interview is definitely a two-way street. The recruiter needs to find out if you’re in fact the perfect candidate for the role and your job is to figure out if the company/manager is a place and person you want to work for.
One of the worst things you can do in an interview is not having any questions prepared for the interviewer. After most interviews the recruiter will ask you if you have any questions. Your answer to this question should always be YES.
Please DO NOT ask all of these questions. There’s no correct set number to ask. It depends on what you need to know but I would recommend that you ask at least three to five questions. Also, some of these questions may not be applicable to all situations so read all of them and decide which ones are important to you.
Being well prepared for an interview and having good questions to ask the interviewer shows that you are interested in learning more about the company and position. Just remember that these questions are supposed to help YOU figure out if you will be happy in the job.
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1. Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
2. Who does this position report to? If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?
3. What types of skills do you NOT already have on board that you’re looking to fill
with a new hire?
4. What have been the department’s successes in the last couple of years?
5. What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
6. How does this position fit in the company’s long term plan?
7. Could you describe a typical day or week in this position?
8. How would you define “success” in this position?
9. What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be
addressed in the first three months?
10. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
11. How will I be evaluated at this company, and how often?
12. Why do you like working here?
13. If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
14. What are the next steps in the interview process?
15. Are there any more questions I can answer for you?