Five Questions You Need to Ask at Your Next Interview

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Although you should prepare your self for any of the typical questions that you may be asked at your next job interview there are several questions that you should ask your interviewer as well. When you interview for your next job, you should really know what you’re getting into. Here are six questions you should really ask at your next interview.

Can you tell me about the person who previously did this job?

It’s crucial to know any problems or past history associated with the position that you are interviewing for. For example, was your predecessor fired or promoted? Is this a temporary position or brand-new? These answers will tell you about management’s expectations and how the company is planning to grow.

What do You Enjoy about Your Company?

Although you may like the company that you are interviewing for, you’re still an outsider. You need to find out what an actual employee has to say about working there. Who better to ask than your interviewer? This also forces the interviewer to step out of their official corporate role and answer personally as an employee and potential coworker.

What is the First Task that Needs Attention?

In order to successfully perform your future role you need to be on the same page as your new manager, as well as be clear on what the initial expectations are and that you can deliver. What you don’t want is to allow yourself to be misled about the job’s requirements and end up overwhelmed and over your head after the first week on the job.

Can you tell me about the Manager to whom I would report?

You need to find out whom your manager will be and what kind of manager they are in order to tell ahead of time if you will be a good fit. For example, if you’re an independent type used to creating solutions on your own, you probably won’t work well with an editor who is really hands-on.

What are your company’s five-year sales and profit projections?

This may seem like an unusual question, but you need to know about the future of the company you plan to spend several years of your life working for. Although you can research this question on your own, nothing can beat an insider’s observations and insights. This also shows you’ve done your homework and are serious about this company.

What’s the Next Step?

Finally, you need to know what happens after the interview and set a plan for follow-up. You’ll also be able to gauge the company’s enthusiasm with your interviewer’s answer. Be sure to ask for your interviewer’s direct phone number and the best time to call.

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