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Questions to Ask the Interviewer

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Not only do you want to appear interested in the interview and the organization, but also there are probably questions that you have that you will want to have answered. The questions below may be helpful, but remember that you should be sure to resolve any questions that you personally have about the organization, or the position that you are inquiring about. Some of these questions may not apply, depending on the type of organization. You will give the interviewer a sense of who you are by the questions you are asking, so be honest and professional.

  • What type of personality traits does it take to succeed in this company?
  • What is it like working here in terms of job pressures?
  • What is the organization's competitive strategy?
  • What skills do you find most valuable in an employee?
  • What percent of the employees pursue advanced degrees/training in this industry or organization?
  • How does this organization make use of a person’s experience and ideas?
  • What would a typical first assignment be in this company?
  • What qualities do you believe I lack for this position?
  • Where do you see the company going in the next four years?
  • What is your typical day like in this position?
  • What are the main rules that everyone has to follow in this company?
  • What is the management style of this organization?
  • What is your staff turnover rate like compared to the rest of the company?
  • How are important decisions made in this organization?

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