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Questions to Ask the Interviewer

The interview is a two-way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable for the position and you will want to find out if the company and position itself are right for you.

When we do our interview coaching, we always say that you need to ask enough questions about the job and employer yourself, don't wait for the employer to volunteer this information.

If you don't get all the answers to the important questions that you need, then it will make it more difficult for you to make an informed decision about whether you should accept the job, if they offer it to you.

For example, you might need to know answers to the following questions:

  • What will be my responsibilities?
  • Where will I fit into the overall organisational structure?
  • Who will I report to?
  • Where does he/she fit in the structure?
  • Who will report to me?
  • How experienced are they?
  • What do you expect me to do in the first 6 months?
  • What level of performance do you expect from me?
  • Who are your customers?
  • Where is the company going? Upwards? Expansion plans?
  • What are the chances of advancement/promotion in this position? When?
  • What will be my salary, benefits and bonuses? [Do not bring this up too early in the interview - wait until they are sold on you.]
  • Will travelling be required in this position?
  • Will relocation be required now or in the future?
  • What training do you provide?
  • When will you decide on the appointment?
  • What is the next step?

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