Questions for Prospective Employees to Ask at a Job Interview

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Asking questions of the interviewer while you are at a job interview shows interest in the company and indicates a high level of preparation. A job interview should be an interactive process whereby the interviewer gets information from you and vice versa, with the goal of determining whether you and the company are a good match. Have thoughtful questions ready to ask the interviewer prior to going to your job interview.

Does the Company Encourage Transfers to Different Departments?

  • As you career advances with the company, you may start to find the things that other departments do to be interesting. For example, if you start off in sales, you may decide that the work in the marketing group interests you. With this question, you are trying to determine whether the company would support your desire to make changes to your career that would involve further education and a change to a different department. This will help you determine whether the company is willing to help you grow as an employee.

What Steps does the Company Take to React to a Down Economy?

  • Companies that grow too quickly could potentially be forced to let employees go more often. If a company follows a plan of measured growth, then there will be a plan in place to try and retain employees during a down economy. Many companies work within business cycles that force them to endure systemic drops in revenue. How the company handles these economic challenges will determine how secure your new job would be.

What are the Company's Plans for Future Growth?

  • If you have done your research prior to the interview, then you have some idea of what the company has planned for the future. But when you ask this question at your interview, you are looking for a more definitive outline of how the company plans on moving forward and generating growth. A company with plans for growth is one that creates opportunity for its employees.

What is the Next Step in the Interview Process?

  • Some candidates either forget to ask how the company intends to move forward with the interview process, or they feel that the question is too forward to ask. This question is essential to your understanding of how the follow-up procedure will work and finding out what kind of information the company may need from you to continue the process. You will also be able to find out an acceptable timetable to use when following up. If the company prefers that you give two weeks before following up, rather than one week, then that is important information to know.

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