Prospective Employer Questions - Array Resources

Job Related

  • What are the immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first few months? What is my top priority?
  • What are the duties in this job and what is the typical day like?
  • What are the most important aspects of this job? How will I contribute to the organization’s goals?
  • What programs will I be using?
  • Training and professional development is important to me. What is the company policy on seminars, workshops, and training for employees to maintain and improve their skills?
  • How did this position come to be open? What were the strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this role? How long did they hold the role?

Company Focused

  • What drives the organization?
  • What are the common attributes of your top performers?
  • What do you see ahead for the company in the next five years?
  • How do you rate the competition? What are threats facing the corporation?
  • Why did you choose to work here? What do you like about working here? (Do not ask what they do.)
  • How would you describe corporate culture? What are the core values?
  • What makes a good employee? How do people work together here?

Management Focused

  • What can you tell me about who I report to? Will I work for more than one person? How would you describe his/her management style?
  • What is your strategy for empowering employees?

Challenge Questions

  • How are candidates evaluated and what is the measure of success?
  • Do you see any gaps in my qualifications that I need to fill?
  • Are there any reasons I am not fully qualified?
  • Who do you see as the perfect candidate for this job?

Always close the interview with a thank you, what are next steps and always ask for the job! This is not the same as asking if you got the job. Express interest. You can’t turn down a job offer you don’t get. Go for every opportunity. (Open ended questions are best. Avoid “why” questions. Avoid long questions. Avoid the leading and obvious. Do not ask questions that put interviewer on defensive. See Array Questions NOT to ask.)

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