Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

Mary writes:
In a job interview the interviewer asks the specific questions that you
are to answer and after answering all these questions the interviewer may ask if I
have any questions. What should be the questions that I ask so that I know if
this is the job for me especially if I am changing jobs?

The Career Doctor responds:
You raise a great question here. While career experts often spend a lot of time
teaching job-seekers the art of selling themselves in a job interviewthey often leave
unsaid how important it is for the employer to also sell you on the opportunity …
and the importance of job-seekers to find an job-seekers and a job that fits them well.
So while it is always important for job-seekers to ask questions at a job interview — because it shows the employer you are interested — you should also have a plan for
asking the types of questions you need answered to provide you with enough information
to make such an important decision if a job offer should come your way.
More and more larger companies are placing this information on the
pages of their online career center so be careful not to ask something that can easily be found.
Some types of questions you could ask to learn more about the company and the opportunity:

  • Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
  • What are the company’s values?
  • How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department?
  • Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current in their fields?
  • Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?
  • Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization?
  • What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?

Learn more about corporate culture by reading this article published on Quintessential Careers: Uncovering
a Company’s Corporate Culture is a Critical Task for Job-Seekers
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