It is natural to feel a lot of emotions during an interview. The interview process can feel like an interrogation, going through your work history in graphic detail. To help alleviate some of this stress and show that you are fully vested in the position, it is recommended that you look at the interview as a conversation. Come prepared to ask a number of pointed questions about the position and the company, so you get a full picture of the position before you accept an offer.
Questions about Job Duties
• Describe the responsibilities one would take on in the position?
• What is a typical day and week in the job like?
• Do you expect employees to work overtime?
• Is this position newly created? If the answer is no, what happened to the person who previously held the job?
• Who is the direct report/reports of this job? Could I meet the supervisor before accepting the job?
• How many employees in the department? How many in the company?
• Do you expect much travel in the position?
• Does the company assist in relocation?
• How has the position changed since it was created?
• How have previous employees been successful in the job?
• In the immediate future, what are the main priorities for the applicant who is awarded the job?
• Can you provide examples of ways I should work together with the supervisor on projects?
• What are the biggest challenges that the new employee will face in the job?
• Are there any hesitations about my skills?
• Will there be additional steps in the interview process?
Questions about Company Culture
• What style of management does this company utilize?
• What is the outlook for advancement within the company? Can you provide examples of employees who have moved up?
• What are the qualities of successful managers in this company?
• Does this company offer a fair work/life balance?
• Does the company encourage activities for employees outside the workplace? Does the company sponsor sports teams or extra-curricular activities?
• Does the company offer bonuses for excellent job performance?
• How does the company recognize its top employees?
• What are the top level managers like? How long have they been with the company?
Questions about Interviewers Experience at the Company
• What things do you enjoy about working at the company?
• Are there things you’d like to see changed about the company?
• What is the time frame for the company to make a decision and when would you like the new employee to start?
• Can you tell me about your history with the company?
• How long have you been with the company and where did you work before coming here?
• What do you tell people about the company?