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Questions to Ask Employers

It is very important to ask your interviewer questions during and at the end of the interview. Create at least 15-20 questions prior to your interview and take the list with you. You won't get a chance to ask them all, but it is always best to be prepared!  Below are some examples of questions you can ask an interviewer, however you should tailor questions to best fit your interview and your work values.

What kinds of assignments might I expect during the first six months?

What products (or services) are in the development stage now?

What are the strengths of the organization or department?

In what areas of the company do you expect growth?

Is your company environmentally conscious? In what ways?

In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?

What is the largest single problem facing your staff right now?

What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does the department fit in?

What is the reporting structure in this department? What are the acceptable channels of communication?

What is your management style and the type of employee who works well with you?

Describe the team/project assignments and the mix of people involved.

What is the management philosophy of this organization?

What is the company's view on continuing education?

What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, or training so employees can keep up on skills or acquire new skills?

How would you describe the company culture?

How is the economic climate affecting your organization?