Career Action Center

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

About the Job

  • Would you describe the duties of the position?
  • What is a typical workday?
  • Where does this position fit in the organization structure?
  • What do you consider ideal experience for this job?
  • Why is this position open?
  • How many people have held this position in the past three years?
  • Where is the person who held this job before?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing someone in this position?
  • What objectives would you like accomplished by someone in this job?
  • What are the priorities for the next two or three months?
  • What would you like a person in this position to accomplish?
  • What freedom would I have in determining my work objectives and deadlines?

About the Organization

  • What kind of turnover rate does this organization have?
  • How would you describe the organizational culture (environment)?
  • What types of people seem to do well in this department and this organization?
  • What are the challenges facing this organization?
  • What is your management style?
  • What is the working style of this team?
  • What new developments do you see for this organization in the next year?
  • What is needed to get ahead in this organization?
  • How strongly does the organization promote from within?