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Interview Questions YOU Can Ask 

"Do you have any questions for me?" This is a question you can always anticipate. Having several specific questions to ask shows you are prepared. See also Common Interview Questions and Interview Reponses.

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • How has the position been filled in the past?
  • What exactly would you like to have me accomplish in this position?
  • When you think about people who tend to do well in this job, what kind of qualities do they have?
  • How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? And by whom? How often?
  • What promotional opportunities are available within your company?
  • Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
  • How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department?
  • What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the near future? The biggest threat?
  • What challenges might I expect to encounter on this job (efficiency, quality control, declining profits, internal policies, evaluation)?
  • What opportunities are there for professional development?
  • Is relocation something I can expect with this position?
  • Whom do I report to? Tell me a little about these people?
  • How many people work in this office/department?
  • How does one advance in the company?
  • What do you like about working here?
  • What don't you like about working here and what would you change?
  • Would you like a list of references?
  • If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  • Do you have any questions about my qualifications?
  • May I have a tour of the office/facility/plant?
  • What prompted you to become a part of this company or start this business in the beginning?
  • If there will be a few days before I start work, could I come in and observe?
  • How soon will you decide if you want to hire? Will you contact me or shall I contact you?


Questions you SHOULD NOT ASK during an interview

  • What does your company do?
  • How much will I be paid? Asking about salary during the first interview tells the interviewer that you are more interested in money than you are in the position or organization.
  • When does vacation time come?
  • When will I receive my first raise?
  • How much vacation time will I get?
  • How soon will I be promoted? Ask instead, if there are opportunities for advancement?

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