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Questions for You to Ask the Employer

During the interview it is common for the recruiter to ask if YOU have any questions. You must be prepared to ask questions. Always go to the interview with at least five questions. When you have no questions to ask, you appear to have little interest in the position or the employer. The list below may give you some ideas of questions to ask.

  1. What are the opportunities for personal growth?
  2. What is the realistic time frame for advancement?
  3. How is an employee evaluated and promoted?
  4. How long do people usually spend in this position?
  5. Describe the typical first-year on the job.
  6. What training programs are available?
  7. What are the challenging facets of the job?
  8. What are the company's plans for future growth?
  9. How has this company fared during the most recent recession?
  10. What makes your firm different from its competitors?
  11. What are the company's strengths and weaknesses?
  12. How would you describe your company's personality and management style?
  13. Is it company policy to promote from within? Have your top managers come from within?
  14. What kind of career opportunities are currently available for persons with my degree and skill levels?
  15. Describe the work environment.
  16. What is the structure of the department in which I would be working?
  17. Why do you enjoy working for your firm?
  18. What qualities are you looking for in your new hires?
  19. What characteristics do successful people have at your company?

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