Questions a Candidate Can Ask in an Interview!

Okay, so my friend has been called for an interview for a senior position in a very known company. She suspects that the company recruiting her might have some internal problems and wants to find out some details before accepting the position.

She asked me to help her in thinking of some questions she might ask during the interview that will help her know some details of the company and the flow of work.

"Panama Business 2" an image by thinkpanama. Retrieved by Flickr licensed under CC.

As usual, I was very excited to research something new!

I have never thought of this idea, I usually research questions that the recruiter might ask me, not what I might ask them!

Below you will find a list of questions that you can ask while applying for a job. I personally suggest that these questions be asked for a senior level position, for they will assist in managerial knowledge.

In addition, some questions are better asked on the second interview not during the first…

Check out some of the questions that I suggested to my friend, and make sure to see which one suits your employment need:

Questions Related to the Position:

What is the job description for this position?
Are there other job responsibilities not mentioned in the job description?
What challenges might I encounter if I take on this position?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities for this job?

Questions about the Company’s Structure:

Could you explain the company’s organizational structure?
What is the organization’s plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
What are some of the problems that the department usually faces?
Can you please describe the atmosphere of the office? OR What is the general culture of the company?

Workflow Questions:

Who do I report to?
How does the reporting structure work here?
What are the preferred means of communication?
What are the top three tasks you want the candidate to perform after being hired?

Questions Related to Some Weaknesses:

Are there any weaknesses in the department that you are particularly looking to improve?
What happened to the last person who held this job?
What are some of the goals and challenges your company is likely to face in the next year?

Personal Development Questions
Is there room for growth and advancement?
Are there opportunities for professional training or further education?
How will I be evaluated and by whom?

Closing Questions
When will you be making a decision on the successful candidate?
May I call or email you if other questions arise?

The questions mentioned above came from the below resources:

http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-412-Getting-Hired-10-Questions-You-Should-Ask-in-an-Interview/

http://deluxetalentcommunity.com/2010/07/20/questions-a-candidate-should-ask-during-an-interview/

http://www.workforce.com/article/20020607/NEWS02/306079993


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