You may want to stimulate your thinking by reviewing the list of “Sample Questions” although don’t rely on generic questions such as “What are your company’s future plans?”
Until you get the job offer or the decision to pass you on to the next interview, all of your questions should be about the job and about the company.
We have provided you with a range of sample questions. You will need to determine for yourself, which ones you might like to ask if you haven’t been able to come up with any of your own.
- What are some of the objectives that you would like accomplished in this job?
- What is most pressing? What would you like to have done within the next 2 – 3 months?
- What are some of the longer term objectives that you would like completed?
- What freedom would I have in determining my work objectives, deadlines and methods of measurement?
- What kind of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances etc?
- What are some of the more difficult problems facing someone in this position? How do you think these could best be handled?
- Where could a person go who is successful in this position and within what time frame? What would be a typical career path?
- In what ways has this organisation been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?
- What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
- How is one judged? How is success measured and determined?
- What are the most critical factors for success in your business? (Notice if he/she mentions that people matter)
- Where do you see the company (or function) going in the next few years?
- How do you go about winning support from top management for your new projects?
- How would you describe your own management style?
- What are the most important traits you look for in a subordinate?
- How do you like your people to communicate with you? Orally, in writing, informally, in meetings, only when necessary?