Questions You Should Ask a Prospective Employer

Questions You Should Ask a Prospective Employer
From Recruiter - November 14, 2016

You know you must be prepared to answer difficult questions during an interviewbut did you know your prospective employers also expect to be grilled? They take note of candidates who ask smart questions because doing so signals genuine interest in the company and position and showsinterviewers that a candidate did their research.

Better yet, asking thoughtful questions allows you to evaluate the opportunity and be certain it aligns with your expectations. Remember, an interview is a two-way street. The employer should try to wow you as much as you hope to impress them.

Before your next round of job interviews, write down a list of questions that will help you weed out a bad fit and stand out for the right match. Here are a few categories your questions should focus on:

1. Job Responsibilities

This is one of the most important categories to consider as you formulate your questions. Although the job listing may outline some of the duties, this is your only chance to make sure youre interested in the specific day-to-day tasks youd be performing. Ask questions about the types of projects youll handle, the kind of clients youll encounter, and who will be on your team.

Sample questions include:

What is a typical day like for a person in this job position?
What are the skills and technology requirements for this position?
With whomwill I on a regular basis?

2. Professional Development

Ask about how the company handles professional development and training. If youre interested in potentially advancing with the company, find out how it supports its employees goals and growth. This job is is just one rung on your career ladder, so its smart to always be thinking at least a few steps ahead.

Sample questions include:

Do you provide training programs for your employees?
Do you pay for continuing education or allow employees to take classes during work hours?
Is there an opportunity to advance at the company?
Do you participate in national or local conferences and workshops?
Will I be able to represent the business at industry events?

3. Performance Evaluations


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