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Questions to Ask in Interviews

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Sample Interview Questions to Ask about the Job

* Which specific skills are necessary to succeed in this job?
* Would you please describe the ideal candidate for this job?
* How do my skills, experience and education differ from those of the ideal candidate?
* What are the day-to-day duties of this job?
* Do you have anything to add to the job description that XYZ advertised?
* Does this job have any special demands?
* How much travel does this job require?
* How many hours are in a typical workweek?
* What is a typical workday like in this position?
* How would you describe the working environment?
* Are there specific problems or challenges an employee would face in this position?
* If you hire me, which duties would you like for me to accomplish first?
* Which projects would you like for me to complete in the next six months?
* What are the long-term objectives of this job?
* Who would be my immediate supervisor and where does he or she fit into the organization?
* Would you please describe your management style?
* Who would be my direct reports and what are they like?
* What are my potential coworkers like and how many are there?
* How much autonomy would I have in making decisions?
* What would be my budget and spending authority and responsibilities?
* What level of input would I have in determining my objectives and deadlines?
* How many projects must an employee in this position multitask at once?
* Are there opportunities for pay raises and advancement in this position?
* Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
* Why was this new position created?
* May I ask why the employee in this position is leaving or no longer fills it?
* May I seek success tips from the employee who was promoted out of this position?
* Has anyone ever performed poorly in this position? What did he or she do wrong?
* How do you measure an employee's performance and provide feedback?
* How does an employee know he or she is performing this job to expectations before annual merit reviews?

Sample Interview Questions to Ask about the Company

* How does XYZ Company acknowledge outstanding employee performance?
* What are this department's goals and how do they fit with XYZ Company's?
* How does this department fit in with XYZ Company's five-year plan?
* Is this department responsible for its own profit and loss?
* Does the department or XYZ Company face any major challenges?
* Do you foresee any significant changes in XYZ Company?
* What's XYZ's policy about employees advancing their education?
* Does XYZ offer employee training?
* How does XYZ promote and support professional growth?
* What's XYZ's policy for work-life balance?
* What's XYZ's policy for employee retention?
* What is XYZ's customer service policy?
* Has XYZ recently laid off employees and why was it necessary?
* How did XYZ handle notification, severance and outplacement services during the last layoff?
* Is XYZ planning or considering a layoff in the near future?
* Is XYZ profitable? How profitable?
* Does XYZ regularly report its market results and profitability to its employees?
* How does XYZ compare with its competitors?
* How well has XYZ historically weathered poor economic conditions?
* May I ask what you like and don't like about XYZ Company?
* Is there anything you'd change about XYZ if you could?
* How would you characterize XYZ Company?
* Would you please describe XYZ's strengths and weaknesses?
* Are there any misconceptions about XYZ Company of which I should be aware?
* Does upper management have an open-door policy?
* What can you tell me about the employees who work here?
* May I see an organizational chart?

Sample Interview Questions to Ask in Summary

* Is there anything else I should know?
* Is there anything else you'd like to know?
* Is there anything that would prevent you from offering this job to me?
* How do I compare with the other candidates you've interviewed so far?
* Do you have any feedback?
* Do you have any concerns? What can I do to alleviate them?
* When can I expect to hear from you again?
* May I follow up with you by phone or email in about a week?
* May I schedule another interview with you?
* What might we discuss in a follow-up interview?
* If you decide to extend an offer, when would you like for me start?
* What's the next step?

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