Questions to Ask the Employer
Be prepared to ask questions about the job and the organization. Let the employer know you have researched the company, but do not flaunt your preparation. Avoid questions about salary, benefits and any perks until an offer is made or the interviewer asks.
An interview serves two purposes: 1) the employer is interviewing you to find out all they can about you, and 2) you have to interview the interviewer so you can find out if this position is right for you. Before you go to the interview, ask yourself what is it you want to find out during the interview. Be prepared to ask questions.
Here are some examples of questions to ask an employer:
- What kinds of assignments might I expect for the first 6 months of the job?
- Is this a newly created position or did someone get promoted?
- How does this position fit into the organizational structure? May I see an organizational chart?
- Please describe your training program.
- How do you evaluate performance and reward success?
- What do you like best about your job/this department?
- Does your company encourage further education? Do you have an upward mobility program?
- What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
- What is the next course of action? When may I expect to hear from you or may I contact you?