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Career Services Center


Questions You Can Ask the Employer During the Interview

The interview process is an opportunity for you to find out more information about the organization. Always come prepared with questions to ask the interviewer- specific questions with relevance to the position applied for. Every question you ask should demonstrate your interest and confirm your knowledge of the organization.

  • Is there anything else I can tell you about my background?
  • Can you show me where this position fits in the organization?
  • What characteristics does a successful candidate bring to this position?
  • What characteristics must they develop to continue that success?
  • Can you tell me more about the company's training program?
  • Can you tell me the opportunities/prospects for advancement beyond this level?
  • What is the average time it takes to get to the ____________ level in the career path?
  • Could you tell me what the largest issue facing this department is?
  • Largest issue facing the organization as a whole?
  • What changes do you see forthcoming for the company during the next three to five years?
  • Does the company have plans to grow in the next three to five years?
  • How much travel is normally expected from those in this position?

After the job is offered, additional questions to be answered...

  • I greatly appreciate your offer. How soon do you need a decision? May I let you know by __________________?
  • Is a brochure on the company's benefits program available?
  • Clarification on details (where do I park? immediate supervisor? orientation period? etc.)
  • IF you are turned down for a position...
  • Are there others in the organization/elsewhere who would be interested in my experience?
  • How could I improve myself for opportunities in this field?
  • I remain very interested in what your company is doing. Could you keep my resume on hand for consideration for future openings?
  • Always end interview situations on a positive note!
  • Be sure to send thank you/post interview letters to the interviewer(s), regardless of the outcome!

Questions to Avoid

  • Questions that are answered in the company's annual report or employment brochure.
  • Salary or benefit information in the initial interview. The recruiter may bring the topic up, you should not initiate the topic.
  • Questions of a personal nature that would put the interviewer on the defensive (educational background, marital status, past work experience, etc.)
  • Questions that have already been answered during the interview. Do not repeat them unless you need clarification.

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Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

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