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Here are questions you should consider asking in an interview, questions you should not ask, and questions you may be asked.   Focus on the questions that will be most appropriate for you and your job interview.

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Interview Questions to Consider Asking:

  1. How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  2. How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
  3. Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
  4. What is the company’s management style?
  5. Who does this position report to? If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?
  6. How many people work in this office/department?
  7. How much travel is expected?
  8. Is overtime expected?
  9. What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  10. How does one advance in the company?
  11. What do you like about working here?
  12. If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  13. When can I expect to hear from you?
  14. What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
  15. How do you see the future for this industry?
  16. What do you consider to be your firm’s most important assets?
  17. What can you tell me about your new product or plans for growth?
  18. What types of skills do you NOT already have onboard that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  19. What are the career paths in this department?
  20. What have been the department’s successes in the last couple of years?
  21. What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
  22. What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position?
  23. What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
  24. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
  25. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Interview Questions NOT to Ask:

  1. What does your company do?
  2. Are there days I can leave work early?
  3. Do you perform drug tests?
  4. How long does it take to get promoted?
  5. Do employees get a discount on your product?
  6. Do you check references?
  7. How long do you get for lunch?
  8. Why should I take this job?
  9. How many people have you fired?
  10. Will you perform a background check?
  11. Do I get an expense account?
  12. How many times can I be late?
  13. Does your company monitor employees’ computer activities?
  14. How long do I have to wait before I take vacation?
  15. Does my spouse get benefits immediately?
  16. What does your company’s insurance consider pre-existing conditions?
  17. Is your company doing okay?
  18. How did I do?

Interview Questions You May be Asked:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
  3. Why did you leave your last job/ why are you leaving your current job?
  4. Why do you want this job?
  5. Why should we hire you?
  6. What motivates you?
  7. What do you know about our organization?
  8. What kind of salary are you looking for?
  9. What experience do you have in this field?
  10. Do you work best by yourself with a team?
  11. Have you ever been fired?
  12. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
  13. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
  14. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?
  15. Do you work well with deadlines or under pressure?
  16. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
  17. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
  18. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
  19. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a difficult problem.
  20. What do you enjoy about your last job?
  21. Can you give an example of something you have learned on your own that has helped you in your professional life?
  22. What positive/ negative things would your co-workers say about you?
  23. Tell me about a situation in which you had to adapt to changes that you had no control over.
  24. Tell me about a suggestion you made that led to improvements in your company.
  25. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  26. Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  27. If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
  28. What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
  29. What’s the last book you read?
  30. Do you have any questions for me?

 

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Questions to Ask in an Interview