Career Center

Important Questions To Ask

You are in the interview... and the interviewer asks you if you have any questions? Here are some that you might want to ask.

  1. Why is this position open? How often has it been filled in the past 5 to 10 years?
  2. What have been the primary reasons for people leaving?
  3. Why did the last person leave?
  4. In what ways were you pleased with what he or she did?
  5. Where was the greatest room for improvement?
  6. What would you like done differently by the next person who fills the position?
  7. What are some of the objectives you would like accomplished in this position?
  8. What is the most pressing? What would you like to have done within the next two or three months? six months? one to two years?
  9. What are some of the longer term objectives you would like to complete?
  10. What freedom would I have in determining my objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurements?
  11. What kind of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances, etc.?
  12. What are some of the more difficult problems that one would face in this position? How do you think these could best be handled?
  13. In terms of status, prestige and influence, how does this department compare with others, especially from the viewpoint of the top person?
  14. How would you describe your management style?
  15. How does this compare with your boss and those above him or her, especially the chief executive?
  16. What personality traits do you consider critical for this position? What do you see as my strengths, shortcomings and chances for this position?
  17. Where could a person go who is successful in this position and within what time frame?
  18. In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products and services over the years, particularly more recently. Are new markets being developed? If so, what are they?
  19. What significant changes do you foresee in the near future? Expansion plans? Reorganization? What significant changes have happened recently? What was the impact on this department?
  20. Is there any reason why I would not be considered for this position?
  21. Are there plans for mergers or acquisitions?
  22. What is the best thing you know about this organization? What is the worst thing you know?
  23. What is the corporate mission statement? What are the company's goals?
  24. What formal and informal benchmarks will you use to measure my effectiveness and my contributions?
  25. How does the reporting relationship work? What are the acceptable channels of communication?