9 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

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Question 1

What are the goals for the department? The answer will give you an idea of whether the goals of the department are realistic and whether they are something you want to be a part of.
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Question 2

Assuming I’m chosen, what types of goals will you set for me? Be aware that the answer may not be entirely truthful. However, it will give you at least an indication of what you can expect. More importantly, phrasing the question in this manner will have the interviewer seeing you as the employee. It provides more of a psychological impact than any real insight for you.
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Question 3

Is it a team environment or would I work solo? Personally, I would want to know if I were going to be placed in a cubicle by myself, or if collaboration is a major part of the workday. As always, you should know what is important you.

Question 4

Does the team work with other departments? If you are a social person, interaction among departments may be very important to you. If not, being closely aligned with only two or three other people, or none at all, may be preferable.
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Question 5

If I were to stay on long term, what could I expect my career path to look like? You need to know if the position you are interviewing for and company you are interviewing with has room for career growth. The answer may make a huge difference on whether or not you want to accept. Employee turnover, and the additional training that requires, puts an enormous financial burden on a company. Interviewers want to be certain you will not be moving to another company country in three months. So when you speak to career path, the question automatically removes that concern.
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Question 6

Do you plan on being here long term? I have heard of instances in which the interviewer quit prior to the new candidate coming on board. If you have created a bond between yourself and the interviewer, it can be a disappointment to find out that the person who was instrumental in hiring you is no longer with the company. You might even feel betrayed and wonder what’s next.
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Question 7

What is your market share and how do you see it growing? Ask this question if you were not able to find it in business news. No matter what position you are applying for, you want to know whether or not the company will be around for a few years. You will also want to know about their corporate directives and policies. Not every question will be answered, but you will be able to learn a lot by observing the way they are handled. The more your questions show critical thinking, the more likely you will differentiate yourself from everyone else and be seriously considered for the job.
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Question 8

Does the company have new directives to increase growth? Not all companies will share this for fear of inside information getting back to its competitors. But some general ideas of strategies for growth should be shared to encourage your continuing interest. The answers will also give you some insight into management. How they approach business-aggressively or conservatively-will be clear. This will help you determine if you agree with their philosophy.
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Question 9

Who else will be making the final decision on the candidate to hire? This question has two important elements attached to it: first, it begs the question of whether others are involved in the decision-making process; second, it is an indirect way of asking what you can expect as the next step. If you are told that additional people will want to interview you, find out their titles and the approximate time frame for meeting with them. Different departments tend to have their own ways of thinking and doing things, so you will want to do some research if you aren’t certain as to what types of questions you should ask of each department head. Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from HIRED! HOW TO USE SALES TECHNIQUES TO SELL YOURSELF ON INTERVIEWS© 2011 Elinor Stutz. Published by Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.
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