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Questions a Candidate
May Ask During Interviews
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What would my specific duties be?
Could you describe a typical day for me in the
What would your expectations be for during the first
year on the job?
What characteristics do you think are important for
Promotions? / What are the possibilities for
advancement? / What is the typical timeframe
How much travel is normally expected?
What is it about my resume that caught your
How often are performance reviews done?
Is this a newly created position? / Why is this job
How long has it been open?
How long do people stay in this position?
Where do people go after this position? What are the
different career path opportunities that
may be available to me?
What is the backround of those who have held this
How is the new employee training structured?
What type of training is provided for new
employees? How long is the training period for?
Are employees encouraged to take courses?
Do you have tuition reimbursement?
How big is the organization / the department / my
Who does the position report to? Can you describe to
me what the manager's management style
What is the atmosphere like?
How do people relate to one another?
What keeps you there?
What are some of the common denominators among your
organization's successful employees?
What is the interview process that the organization
Have you downsized / expanded lately?
How has the organization changed over the last 5 to
What activities help staff morale?
How do you evaluate employee performance?
Where would I be working?
What opportunities exist?
What are the advantages of working here?
What is your transfer policy between departments,
teams or roles?
How does this department/team relate to other areas
of the business?
What are some characteristics of the organization
that it considers to be unique?
What are some of the major long and short range
goals that the organization has?
What are some of the future projects?
What outside influences affect the organization's
Who would you consider to be your major
In what areas does the organization excel, and in
what areas does it have limitations?
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