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									              TB332 – Professional Procedures & Portfolio Development

Questions You Can Ask During an Interview

Here is a list of questions you can ask during the interview. Remember, not having any
questions to ask looks bad. These questions can be used no matter what interview you're
in. These are in no particular order.

1. What criteria do you use to evaluate your employees? How often are evaluations held?

2. What is the typical career path for someone in this position?

3. How does today's economic environment affect your organization?

4. In your opinion, what do you think are the company's greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

5. Is your company structured more mechanistically (hierarchy, formal rules and
procedures) or organically (free flowing, not many formal rules or procedures)?

6. What is your particular management philosophy? (This is a question to ask the person
you will be working for.)

7. What are the dynamics of the team I will be working in? (Here you're trying to find out
about the people you will be interacting with on a daily basis.)

8. What is the most difficult aspect of doing this job? or What is the biggest challenge I
will face in this position? (If you are comfortable with the biggest challenge, then the rest
of it should be gravy.)

9. Tell me about the culture of the organization. (You should be analyzing the culture
from the very beginning of your contact with the potential employer. How do the
employees you are talking to handle themselves? Are they being professional at all
times? Are they pleasant? Do you get a good feeling when speaking to them? Also, look
at the culture the moment you drive into the parking lot. What does the building look
like? Is it well kept and nice looking? What kinds of cars are the employees driving? Are
they nice, newer model cars, or are they old and run-down? What is the feeling you get
when you walk into the lobby? What does the inside of the building look like? What do
the people inside look like? Do they appear happy and content? Or are then walking
around with their shoulders slumped and moping? These are all important factors for you
to consider. You need to know if you will fit within this culture.

10. What are the next steps in the process? When will a decision be made?

11. Has there been anything we discussed today, or is there anything about my
background and qualifications, that would prevent you from hiring me? (This is the very
last question I ask. The reason I like to ask this question is because it allows me to end

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the discussion with a summary of my strengths and desire for the job. If the interviewer
mentions a concern, this is the time to explain away that concern and put it to rest. If, for
example, a concern is the lack of experience, then you could say something such as, "I
realize that I do not have as many years experience as you would like, but the experience
I do have has been of good quality and I have learned a lot in that time. I am confident
that with my quality of experience, along with my other skills and my education, I am
well-suited to succeed in this position." Be sure to once again describe how you "fit"
within the organization. The company needs to see you in that role.

Don’t forget to get the interview’s business card so you have the information necessary to
send a thank you letter.

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