1. Can you tell me what a typical day would be like in the position?


2. What are the major responsibilities of the position?


3. Can you explain the typical career pattern of someone entering this position?


4. What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?


5. How do you see the future for this industry?


6. What is the firms policy regarding paying tuition for job related education?


7. How often are performance reviews given?


8. Does this firm promote from within?


9. How much potential for increased responsibility is there?


10. What are commonly experienced satisfactions and frustrations of this job?


11. Why is the position open?


12. What are the company’s plans for growth?


13. How long has the company been in business?


14. How do you rate your competition?




An interview is meant to be a two-way street. The hiring manager is interviewing you to determine whether you're the best fit for the job. At the same time, you should be asking questions to determine whether you would be happy in the position or with the company. But once nerves take over, it's easy to forget your role. After all, you're meeting on the employer's schedule in an unfamiliar office. After listening to the interviewer's monologue about the company and role, you're asked a barrage of questions about your background and future plans " all the while praying that you're delivering the "right" answers. By the time the employer asks if you have any questions, it's easy to be so drained and nervous you can only stammer out, "Nope." Not asking questions, however, is passing up a chance to stand out from the competition. This is a great opportunity to set you apart in a positive way from other people being considered for the job!

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