Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Questions To Ask In Face To Face Interviews ....

It Can Be A Jungle ...

Questions To Ask In Face To Face Interviews ....

About The Company
- What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
- How do you see the future for this industry?
- What do you consider to be your firm's most important assets?
- What can you tell me about your new product or plans for growth?
- How do you rate your competition?

The Position's History
Asking about why the position is vacant can provide insight into the company and the potential for advancement. good questions include:
- What happened to the last person who held this job?
- What were the major strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job?
- What types of skills do you NOT already have onboard that you're looking to fill with a new hire?

Questions for the Hiring Manager
Asking about his/her department's staff and their role in the company can help you understand more about the company's culture and hierarchy:
- What is the overall structure of the company and how does your department fit the structure?
- What are the career paths in this department?
- What have been the department's successes in the last couple of years?
- How do you view your group/division/department?

The Job's Responsibilities
To avoid any confusion later on, it pays to gain a solid understanding of the position.
- What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
- What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position?
- Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to within the company?
- Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client or customer I would be dealing with?

The Expectations
To determine how and when you will evaluated:
- What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
- What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
- How will I be evaluated at ABC company, and how often?

The Next Steps
At the end of the interview, don't forget to ask:
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
- Do you have any concerns or is there anything else that you would like to ask me about that may help position me as a top candidate for this position ....