Questions to Ask Employers

Questions for the First Interview
  1. Please describe the duties of the job to me.
  2. What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position? (Make sure you give specific examples of the qualities you possess.)
  3. What skills are especially important for someone in this position? (Give concrete examples of the relevant skills you possess.)
  4. What characteristics do achievers in this company seem to share?
  5. What kinds of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
  6. How often are performance reviews given?
  7. What products (or services) are in the development stage now?
  8. Do you have plans for expansion?
  9. What are your growth projections for next year?
  10. How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
  11. In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
  12. Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
  13. May I speak with the last person who held this position?
  14. What is the largest single problem facing your staff (department) now? (Gives you an opportunity to suggest a way to solve it)
  15. What is the usual promotional time frame?
  16. What do you like best about your job/the company?
  17. Once the probation period is over, how much authority will I have over decisions?
  18. Has there been much turnover in this job area?
  19. Do you fill positions from outside or promote from within first?
  20. Is there a lot of team or project work?
  21. Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
  22. Where does this position fit in the organizational structure?
  23. How much travel, if any, is involved in this position?
Questions for the Second Interview
  1. What is the salary for this position?
  2. Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
  3. Does your company encourage further education? Is there a tuition reimbursement program?
  4. Do you offer flextime?
  5. Does your company have additional benefits such as employee group life and medical insurance and/or a company-paid retirement plan?

If this is a position that you are truly interested in, you must ask for it! Tell the interviewer(s) that this is the perfect position for you, explain why, and then ask “Is there anything else I can tell you about myself to ensure that I make it to the next step in the interview process?”

Whether you ask that question or not, at the end of every interview, you should ask:
  1. What is the next step in the process?
  2. When will you make a decision?
  3. May I call you?