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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS A CANDIDATE MIGHT ASK A COMPANY
While it is important to be prepared for questions that may be asked of you, it is also equally important that you be prepared to ask a company a few questions as well.  After-all, it is a two way street and you are interviewing the company, just as they are interviewing you.  Certainly not all of these questions can be asked in an interview.  However, a few well chosen questions can make a very positive impression on an interviewer.  Therefore, below are potential questions that a candidate may want to ask a prospective employer: 
 
  • What is the company’s biggest challenge?
  • How is the company keeping up with the economy?
  • What are the company’s top priorities?
  • Could you explain the company’s organizational structure?
  • What is the organization’s plan for the next five years, and how does this department or division fit in?
  • What specific skills from the person you hire would make your life easier?
  • Will the company be expanding or bringing on new products or services that I should be aware of?
  • What are some of the skills and abilities you see as necessary for someone to succeed in this job?
  • What challenges might I encounter if I take on this position?
  • How does upper management perceive this part of the organization?
  • What are your major concerns that need to be immediately addressed in this job?
  • What do you see as the most important opportunities for improvement in the area I hope to join?
  • What are the attributes of the job that you’d like to see improved?
  • What are the organization’s three most important goals?
  • How do you see this position impacting the future success of the company?
  • What is your company’s policy on attending seminars, workshops, and other professional improvement, training opportunities?
  • What attracted you to working for this organization?
  • What have you liked most about working here?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
  • Are there any weaknesses in the department that you are particularly looking to improve?
  • What are the department’s goals, and how do they align with the company’s mission?
  • Can you give me an ideal of the typical day and workload and the special demands the job has?
  • If this is a new position. What are the forces that suggested the need for this position?
  • How does this position contribute to the company’s goals, productivity, or profits?
  • What is currently the most pressing business issue or problem for the company or department?
  • How would you describe your own management style?
  • What are the most important traits you look for in a subordinate?
  • How do you like your subordinates to communicate with you?
  • What personal qualities or characteristics do you most value?
  • Could you describe to me your typical management style and the type of employee who works well with you?
  • Corporate culture is very important, but it’s usually hard to define until one violates it. What is one thing an employee might do here that would be perceived as a violation of the company’s culture?
  • How would you characterize the organization? What are its principal values? What are its greatest challenges?
  • If I were to be employed here, what one piece of wisdom would you want me to incorporate into my work life?
  • What are a couple of misconceptions people have about the company?
  • Work-life balance is an issue of retention as well as productivity.
  • Can you talk about your own view of how to navigate the tensions between getting work done and encouraging healthy lives outside the office?
  • How does the company support and promote personal and professional growth?
  • What types of people seem to excel here?
  • What have I yet to learn about this company and opportunity that I still need to know?
  • Can you identify the key corporate participants in the planning process?
  • How does this position contribute to the company’s goals, productivity, or profits?
  • Can you please tell me about the people who will look to me for supervision?
  • What happened to the person who previously held this job?
  • The incumbent was dismissed?  How could the problems have been avoided?
  • The incumbent was promoted?  I’m delighted to hear it. Would it be possible for me to talk to them?
  • From all I can see, I’d really like to work here, and I believe I can add considerable value to the company. What’s the next step in the selection process?
 
Quality Search, 1820 Graham Drive • Chesterton • IN • 46304-1627 • (219) 926-7772 (HQ) www.qsjobs.com
 
 

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