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Question to Ask during an interview

During an interview an employer usually provides an opportunity for you to ask questions.


  • Prepare a few questions in advance so you will be ready. It is OK to write them down and to refer to the list during the interview.
  • If any of your questions are answered during the interview, you can simply state that the interviewer already addressed your question. Be sure to ask for clarification if applicable.
  • Do not ask questions that are clearly answered on the employer's website and/or in any literature provided to you in advance. This would reveal that you are not prepared.
  • Do not initiate questions about salary, vacation, break time or benefits. These topics would be addressed at the time of a formal job offer. However, you should always research salary before the first interview so you are knowledgeable about average salaries for similar positions.

Sample Questions to Ask Employers

  • What are the unique challenges of this particular job?
  • What are you looking for in a new hire?
  • Do you provide a structured training program or will I learn on the job?
  • What opportunities exist for professional development?
  • Is an advanced degree valued at your company?
  • Could you tell me the process and time frame for performance evaluations?
  • What are the organization's plans for future growth?
  • What do you enjoy most about working for this company?
  • What qualities do successful hires in your organization share?
  • Could you describe a typical assignment of a summer intern?

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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 1:26:02 PM