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    Questions to Ask During an Interview

    April 14, 2016

     

    Often at the end (sometime at the beginning) of an interview, the interviewer will ask “What questions do you have for me?” This isn’t a trick. They do want you to have questions.

    Questions can range from how the company fits into industry to day-to-day operations and company culture. Listed below are interview questions that can fit a variety of positions and companies.

     

    1. What can you tell me about this job that isn’t in the job description?
    2. What is a typical work day/week like in this position?
    3. What are the typical hours?
    4. Is overtime accepted/expected?
    5. What kind of on-the-job training is available?
    6. Who does this position report to?
    7. Who does this position work most closely with? / Who does this position collaborate with?
    8. How many people are in this department/office/company?
    9. How many employees have joined in the last year?
    10. How many have left in the last year?
    11. What skills are most valuable for this position to be successful?
    12. What opportunities are there for development/growth?
    13. Is there any type of mentoring available?
    14. How do you evaluate employee success?
    15. What is the vision for this position?
    16. Does this company often promote from within?
    17. When and how is feedback given to employees?
    18. Where do you see the company in five years?
    19. What are some difficulties that the company is facing?
    20. Why did the last person leave this position? / Why is this position open?
    21. How long does someone typically stay in this job?
    22. What is the toughest time of (day, week, month, year) for this job? Why?
    23. What is the biggest challenge someone faces in this job?
    24. How long have you worked here?
    25. What is your (least) favorite things about working for this company?
    26. Is there anything else I can tell you about my qualifications?
    27. What happens next in your process?
    28. When/how will you contact me next?
    29. When would you expect this job to start?
    30. Who should I follow up with?

     

    You should also do some research about the company to have more specific questions. Have they been in the news lately? What are industry trends and how can this company fit or break those?

    Remember to be respectful when asking these questions. Don’t come across as rude or too pushy, but make note if an interviewer does not want to answer questions about company culture. The questions that you ask should let the employer know that you are interested as well as make you think about how you would fit with the company.

    If you’re still be on a college campus, get advice from your college career center. Before your next interview, make an appointment with our Johnson Career Center for interview prep and practice.