Remember, just because a firm likes you, doesn’t mean you are required to accept the job. You, too, are there to learn about the opportunity and determine a level of interest. You need to be comfortable with your decision and the only way to get information is to ask questions.

  1. Who do you feel is the ideal candidate for this position?
  2. What are the key responsibilities of this job?
  3. What changes or improvements would you like to see in these responsibilities?
  4. What is a typical day on the job like?
  5. What do you foresee as possible obstacles or problems I might have?
  6. Why is the position open?
  7. What would you like most for new employees to bring to this job?
  8. Who would I be working for?
  9. What are they like?
  10. How long have they been with the firm?
  11. How many people have had this job in the last 5 years?
  12. Of the people who have had this job before, what were the characteristics of those who performed well? Of those who didn’t?
  13. How long have the other people been in the department?
  14. Tell me about the best employee in the department.
  15. What do you like about this industry?
  16. What don’t you like?
  17. What do people look for when hiring in this field?
  18. What qualifications are essential to success in the industry?
  19. How did you get into this industry?
  20. Is there a “normal” career path for people in this industry?
  21. How is job performance evaluated here? How is it rewarded?
  22. How many women and minorities are in middle to upper management?
  23. If you hire me, what will your specific expectations be?
  24. Can I provide you with any additional information to help evaluate me for this position?
  25. May I ask when I can expect a decision regarding this position?

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