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5 Questions Candidates Should Ask A Prospective Employer

Posted on July 11th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career, Career Development, Job Search. Comments Off on 5 Questions Candidates Should Ask A Prospective Employer

1. What are the most important objectives that this position needs to accomplish within the next year?Panel interview picture

This question demonstrates your focus on team success, while gaining an understanding for your immediate responsibilities upon commencing your new role.

2.  What are the company’s expectations for the progression of this position?

It’s good to know what parameters you are working with and what the company’s long-term expectations are of you. Hearing the employer’s point of view on his/her idea of success and what goals they hope for you to achieve will help you understand the bigger picture.

3.  What is your current strategy for ____________?  (Fill in the blank with a thoughtful item you have researched about the company.)

This will highlight the research you have conducted on the company and will demonstrate your diligence, work ethic and sincere interest in the opening. Questions regarding new products, service operations, direction of new management, improvement in quality, and/or how government regulation is affecting operations, etc. will prove your initiative and willingness to engage in the company’s development.

4.   How long have you been in your role and where do you see yourself proceeding with the company?

This question provides insight into corporate culture and employment shift within the company. It sheds light on the company movement and where your prospective job will take you in the future.  If you can provide context to your questions by referencing research you have performed on the company it will be to your advantage.

5.   What is it like to work here?

Ask questions to get a sense of the corporate culture, such as:   What are the values and traditions? What they enjoy most about working for their company?  Also ask how many people work for the company, as well as more details about the team and unit you will be joining.

Remember that you are being interviewed to solve the employer’s problems and help with their challenges. Although it’s important to interview the employer to qualify your interest level, this should be secondary to presenting yourself as a candidate who will support the employer and hiring manager in achieving their goals. If you successfully move on to further interviews, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions related to your interest. If you focus on your self interest in the first interview, you may come across as a little too self absorbed.  Instead, emphasize on how you can help.

Last but not least, be sure to ask about the hiring procedure and what the next step is for you.  Ask for a business card or an email to follow-up and be sure to send a “Thank You” email to the people who interviewed you.


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Henry E. Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and founded Goldbeck Recruiting in 1997. Since then, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

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