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Some Examples of Questions to Ask an Interviewer 

  • Why is this position vacant?
  • What are the major responsibilities of this position?
  • Describe the ideal candidate for this position.
  • Who would be my supervisor and what is that person's supervisory style?
  • What do you see as the key issues/problems facing the person in this job?
  • How would you describe a typical student/client in this school/company?
  • What do you like most about your job and this organization? 
  • Has your organization been affected by government budget cuts?
  • What is the time line for filling this position?
  • What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share?
  • What kind of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
  • How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
  • What is the single largest problem facing your staff or department now?
  • How often are reviews given?
  • Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
  • To what positions would I be likely to progress?
  • What improvements would you like to see in these areas?
  • How would you describe the organizational culture?
  • Could you describe the atmosphere of the department?  How do people relate to one another?
  • Describe the projects and assignments I might have during my first year.
  • Can you explain how new employees are trained and developed?
  • What do you see as the organization's strengths and weaknesses?
  • How is performance evaluated and how often?  What measures of success are used?
  • In reviewing your organizational literature, I noticed that you recently ____.  How is that progressing?



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