Questions to Ask of Your Potential Employer (And Why to Ask Them)

Originally posted by Olympic Staffing.

Interviews are an opportunity for both parties to engage in a conversation to determine if the applicant is a good match for the company and vice versa. Having questions prepared when you go into the interview, knowing when to ask them, and doing so with style and grace will help you to stand out as the excellent candidate that you are.

Companies put a lot of time into filling their positions with just the right person. The last thing they want to do is hire someone who will decide, after three months of training, that they are in the wrong place. By asking questions you will distinguish yourself as someone who knows what they want.

Of course, you need to know what questions to ask. This will require some research on your part. Grab a notebook and begin by digging into the job description. Then review the company’s website for any pages about the culture, values, mission, or personnel. Jot down any question that comes to mind. Some ideas to consider are:

  • What does the average day look like for the person in this position?
  • Who will you report to and who will report to you?
  • Who held the position before you and where are they now?
  • If it is a new position, why is it being created?
  • What are the strengths of the current team members?
  • What would they like the person in this position to accomplish in the first six months?

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