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    shutterstock_191026196Here are some questions to help you determine, “Is this the type of company I would want to work for?” Questions you ask tell more about you than the answers that you give to their questions. This list of questions is in no particular order but you can select the ones most appropriate for your level.

    • How do you market, and how do you sell your product or service?
    • Where does this job take me if I do an outstanding job?
    • Where does your job take you?
    • What do you believe someone must know to do this job well?
    • How do you recruit people? Within the company or outside the company?
    • Could you describe the people I would be working with?
    • How is the company organized? Would you draw me an organization chart?
    • What makes you different from your competition?
    • What are the biggest problems confronting your company, and the industry?
    • In what ways do you expect the company to change?
    • How are employees trained? Who trains them?
    • If one does an outstanding job, how are they rewarded?
    • What do you expect from this person?
    • Who are your biggest competitors?
    • Do you personally make the final hiring decision? Do you consult with others? Who else do you consult with?
    • What do you like or dislike about some of the people who have worked for you in the past?
    • What is your management style?
    • What kind of boss are you? Could you give me an example?


    Again, they evaluate you as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give. Weave these into the conversation while still answering theirs. You are a valuable commodity and you have a right and obligation to interview them as they do you.

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