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?