Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Text Box: Questions to ask during an interview


A job interview is an opportunity for you to learn more about a potential employer.  Indeed, what you learn from an interview may determine whether or not you want the job you’re interviewing for.  The following are examples of the types of question you might ask at your job interview.

  • After having a chance to meet with me, what concerns or hesitations do you have in regards to hiring me?
  • Will I be replacing someone or is this a new position?
  • Can you describe to me what a typical day is like in this position?
  • Can you describe to me what kind of training program you have? Length?  Structure?
  • What career paths have others generally followed after completing the training program?
  • How does this position and the department contribute to the overall company mission and philosophy?
  • What characteristics best describe what you are looking for in someone to be successful in this position?
  • Does the position offer exposure to other facets of your organization?
  • What other positions and/or departments will I interact with most?
  • To whom does this position report?
  • How much decision-making authority and autonomy are given to new employees?
  • How will my performance be evaluated?
  • Does your company offer on-going training?
  • Does this position cross-train with other positions in the company?
  • How would you describe the organization’s culture/environment?
  • What makes your organization different from its competitors?
  • What industry-wide trends are likely to affect your organization’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe your organization’s personality and management style?
  • What is your favorite part about working for this company?
  • What expectations do you have of new employees?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges the person in this position will face?
  • What has the turnover for this role been like?
  • What types of employees really thrive and what types don’t do so well within this company?
  • What do you see ahead for the company in the next five years?
  • Health Positions- Will I work with one doctor/RN or float among a few?

One question that you should always ask is “What is the next step in the interview/hiring process?” This allows you to be aware of when you should hear from them next and when you should be following up with them.

To impress employers, try asking a question based off of the research you have conducted on the company.

Also be sure to ask for a business card from your interviewer. This provides contact information for following up and sending thank you letters.

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