Questions to Ask the Employer
Always have questions prepared for an interview - failure to do so indicates a lack of interest to the interviewer. Although questions vary depending on the industry, employer and position, some common information you might want to find out from the employer includes:
- Why is this position vacant?
- What is the opportunity for growth both within the role and within the company?
- Who will I work most closely with? What are their backgrounds and responsibilities?
- Who will I directly report to? What is their background and responsibilities?
- Are there any direct reports to this position?
- Are there any functional reports to this position?
- What are the department's/company's plans for growth in the future?
- How do you think the economy will affect company plans in the marketplace?
- Of all of the people who have held this position, what were the main qualities of the most successful person?
- Can you describe the corporate culture and the type of individual that best fits into this culture?
- Does the company provide opportunities for continuous learning?
- What are the primary challenges I would be facing in this role?
- Are there any immediate initiatives that I would be responsible for that I can prepare for in advance?
- What are the short term and long term expectations for this role?