prepared to ask questions of the hiring manager during
the interview that are based on your research of the
company and industry. Insightful and pertinent questions
will demonstrate that you've done your homework and
that you're serious about the position. And your questions
will help both of you determine if you are the right
match for the job.
Know what questions NOT to ask. Don't inquire about
vacation time, benefits or your office space at the
first interview. These questions are appropriate only
after the hiring manager has expressed serious interest
in offering you the position.
Questions to Ask
is it you saw in my background that made you want
to speak with me?
What qualifications would the ideal person for this
is the biggest challenge facing the person you hire
for this position?
are the three most important things you would expect
me to accomplish in my first 30/60/90 days on the
is the first priority of the person who is hired for
are the reporting relationships for this position?
are the biggest challenges facing your company in
the next few years?
How would you characterize the corporate culture here?
will the job performance evaluation take place? -and/or-
are performances reviews handled here?
do you like best about working for this company? -and/or-
What's the most frustrating thing about working for
this company? -similarly-
you could make one constructive suggestion to top
management, what would it be? -or-
areas does the company need to focus on to become
When you look at people who have been successful here,
what tend to be their strengths? Conversely, when
people don't work out, are there any common themes
as to why?
How would you describe a typical day on the job? -or-
What are the daily duties and work of an intern?
What are the overlying goals of the program?
How much discretion am I allowed and expected to exercise?
What are the next stages in the interview process?
Who will be making the final decision? When?
What kind of training can I expect in the first three
To whom would I report?
Would I be assigned to a specific department or rotate
throughout the organization? -and/or-
Does the company anticipate changing the current structure