Tips for job seekers

Questions you must ask at a Job Interview

This is taken from a Baseline Briefing Article written by Dennis McAfferty
These are questions that every candidate should ask the interviews during an interview.

1. “How Will This Position Change After I’ve Been Here Awhile?”
It’s difficult to forecast a position for the long-term, but managers should have some sense about how they expect the role to evolve.

2.”What Happened to the Person Who Previously Did This Job?”
You’ll want to know whether he or she got promoted—or left. (If the latter, find out why.) You should also ask about the job security of your group.

3. “How Will You Use My Skills If My Assignment Is Stalled or Canceled?”
Projects get delayed and cancelled, but you need to know whether your skills are considered flexible enough to move to another rewarding challenge.

4. “How Will My Role Contribute to the Overall Mission of the Company?”
You’ll never understand where you fit into the big picture without a complete understanding of how to support strategic objectives.

5. “What Is the Career Path for This Position?”
Ask if the position could lead to assignments with more responsibility and visibility, as well as to managerial roles.

6. “What Is the Road Map for the Next One to Three Years?”
You’ll invest more of your efforts and passion into the job if you like what you’re doing and are excited about how the work could evolve in the future.

7. “What Training and Support for Ongoing Education Do You Offer?
A company’s willingness to invest in workforce development is a direct reflection of how much it values its employees.

8. “Do Managers Maintain an Open-Door Policy?”
In today’s era of organizational transparency, this is a minimum requirement for managers. Otherwise, you’ll gain no insights into the decisions being made—and why.

9. “What Outcomes Will Be Used to Measure Performance?”
If your managers don’t have measurable criteria to assess individual and team contributions, the evaluation process will be too subjective and influenced by personalities and politics.

10. “Will I Have Opportunities to Work With Colleagues Outside My Team?”
Establishing yourself as a standout on your team is great, but being hailed as a company-wide standout is even better.

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