With so many people out of work these days the overwhelming majority of professional job seekers turn to the web and social networking sites for career advice. Literally hundreds of career coaches, resume and cover letter professionals, job sites, etc. can easily be found on Google, Bing and a myriad of other search engines in a matter of seconds.
But what do you do with all of that information? More importantly, once you get the interview what questions do you ask? How many questions should you ask? How do I bring up compensation and benefits?
I scoured various Groups and compiled a list of key questions to ask at your next interview. This is by no means a complete list nor do I profess the success rate that you will have if you actually ask any of these questions. I simply am providing this as a guide to help you jumpstart your thinking. I suggest you tailor the questions to the specific job and of course, be prepared ahead of time.
Thanks to all of my friends for their help and contributions to this post. If you have other questions that you want to submit, please click on the comment box.
What are the short and long terms goals of the company?
What is the corporate environment like?
What is the management philosophy of the company and of the hiring manager?
What is the hiring manager looking for most in the ideal candidate?
What are the present concerns which need to be addressed immediately?
How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured?
Why the position is open and for how long?
What is the vision or mission of the company, department or division?
What immediate goals would you like to achieve from this position within the next 3 to 6 months or a year from now?
What happened to the person holding the position I’m applying for?
What should I expect from this position after a given period of time?
How will you assess if the person is performing successfully once on board?
A variation on an earlier question….
a) Are there any individual attributes that lead (or will lead) to job success in this role?
b) Conversely, are there any individual attributes that lead (or will lead) to job failure?
What are the three things you most hope to find in the person you hire?
If you could, what would you change about this organization and why?
What are the two biggest challenges the person coming into this position will face?
Discuss the organization’s plan for the next five years, and how does this department or division fit in?
What are the company’s strengths and weaknesses compared with the competition? (Name one or two companies)
What are organization’s 3 most important goals for the next 12 months?
How do you see this position impacting the achievement of those goals?
What is currently the most pressing business issue or problem for the company or department?
How does the company support and promote personal and professional growth?
What operating guidelines or metrics are used to monitor the planning process and the results?