My Favorite Questions To Ask During A Job Interview


What are the primary selling points of working for __________ Company?  Note: if the interviewer can’t think of any you probably don’t want to work there.

Why did you decide to work at __________ Company?  Note:  This gives the interviewer an opportunity to talk about them and shows you have an interest in them.

How would you describe your ideal candidate for this position?  Note:  I always ask this question early in the interview so that I can stress any experience I have that matches their ideal candidate.  Since most job descriptions contain a lengthy list of skills and experience they are seeking this helps you know what to zero in on during the interview. This information is invaluable when you prepare your follow up e-mail or letter after the interview.

Why is this position available?  Note:  This could produce some very revealing information.

What would you like to see as the first three things someone new in this position will need to deal with?   Note:  This may elicit any problems in the department you’ll want to know about.

What are the short and long term goals of this position?  Note:  This will give you an idea as to whether they expect someone to be able to walk on water or simply do a great job.

What is the most important contribution you would expect of new hire during the first six months?

What metrics and measures will be used to measure success for this position?

Who would new hire report to and what is their management style?

How would you describe your company’s culture?

What tools and resources will be available to assist new hire in performing this role?

What type of in house training will be available to the new hire?

Will any employees report to this position?

What is turnover rate at ___________ Company?

Have there been any layoffs at ____________ Company during the past two years?

Knowing what you know so far about my skills, work experience and educational background is there any reason why you feel I would not be considered for this position?   Note:  I always ask this question at the end because it encourages the interviewer to explain any concerns they have about hiring you so that you can address them and reassure the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job.

Rose Waltz                                                                         http://www.rosewaltz.com                                                                                                                                                                http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

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One Comment on “My Favorite Questions To Ask During A Job Interview”

  1. cheryl marchand Says:

    Rose,
    I particularly like the question at the beginning where you suggest asking about qualities the successful candidate should have, then to end it with the question about any reasons why you wouldn’t be considered for the position is incredible.
    thx
    cheryl


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