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Interview Questions to Ask the Employer

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It's your turn! As the interview comes to a close, one of the final questions you may be asked is "What can I answerinterview questions for you?" Have questions of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
  • Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
  • What is the company's management style?
  • Who does this position report to?
  • If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?
  • How many people work in this office/department?
  • How much travel is expected?
  • Is relocation a possibility?
  • What is the typical workweek?
  • Is overtime expected?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How does one advance in the company?
  • Are there any examples?
  • What do you like about working here?
  • What don't you like about working here and what would you change?
  • Would you like a list of references?
  • If I were extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  • What can I tell you about my qualifications?
  • Are there any other questions I can answer for you?
  • What are the biggest challenges the person in this position will face?
  • What would a successful first year in the position look like?
  • How will the success of the person in this position be measured?
  • How long did the previous person in the role hold the position? What has turnover in the role generally been like?
  • How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive, and what type don't do as well?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • Thinking back to the person who you've seen do this job best, what made their performance so outstanding?
  • What is your time line for getting back to candidates about the next steps?
  • Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the position that I could try to address?

Interview Questions NOT to Ask

  • What does this company do? (Do your research ahead of time!)
  • If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? (Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments)
  • Can I change my schedule if I get the job? (If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don't mention it now...)
  • Did I get the job? (Don't be impatient. They'll let you know.)
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