Interview Questions For Employers Everyone Should Ask

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Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?  What’s your shoe size?  How about your favorite color?

If you haven’t guessed yet, these are interview questions for employers that you probably don’t want to ask.  Some raised eyebrows and eye rolls are probably all that you’ll get in response, not to mention that you’ll basically convey that you’re not taking an interview or a job opportunity very seriously.

We’ve all been there- that awkward stage of the interview where the interviewer asks you if you have any questions.

Most of the interview questions for employers that we’d like to ask, such as “How many hot girls/ guys work here?” or “How much calling off in a six month period is acceptable?” are not the ones that we actually can.  So how about asking some questions that will give you some answers that you can use as well as make you appear to be a great job candidate?

What will my duties be?

This is a given, but when you’re applying for a job, they don’t always put all of the responsibilities that an employee will have.  This is one of the best interview questions for employers because you’ll make sure you get the 411 on exactly what you’ll be doing if you get the job.  You also might find out some things that you might need to brush up on… of course you probably don’t want to let the interviewer know if you’re a little rusty in a certain area, just smile, nod and then go home and study up or practice.

I love this type of work so much; the sky is the limit for me once I’ve expanded further upon my skills.  What types of opportunities for advancement within the company will there be in the future?

This is one of those interview questions for employers that you have to proceed with caution on.  You don’t want the interviewer to feel threatened or like you want to steal their job, even though ultimately that might be the seat you want to be in, but you want to convey that you’re eager to learn and grow within the company.  It’s probably not a good idea to mention anything like “This is just a stepping stone for me to gain the skills I really need to go somewhere else and have the career I really want.”  Unless your goal is NOT to get the job.

Who will I be working closely with and what are their functions, and who is my direct supervisor?

You need to understand how you fall into the company hierarchy in order to know how to not only do your job but also so you know how to approach everyone you work with.  And chances are that one of your interviewers will be your boss, but they’ll probably still be impressed that you asked.  It’s a common sense interview question for employers, but too many times people leave an interview wondering if they’d even like the job they’re trying to get.  Save yourself the trouble and worry.

Please tell me a little bit about the company and your experience- what keeps you coming to work every day?  It seems like a great place to work!

Honestly, I’ve asked these types of interview questions for employers often because it’s good to know if people typically find the company a decent place to work.  Also, overall job satisfaction is important as well.  Sometimes it works just to ask about what the turn over rate is like.  If they don’t hold on to people long, you might want to reconsider if you actually want the job that bad.  If people don’t stay for long, there’s probably a reason.

What are some overall goals of the company over the next 12 months and how can I help contribute to reaching those goals in my position?

This is an interview question for employers that most of them probably don’t hear that often, and it not only says that you care about helping the company succeed but that you really want to excel at the job.  You might as well go home and wait for the phone to ring, because you’ll impress with this question, especially if you react with the right amount of excitement when they give you the answer.

Of course these are just a few of the many interview questions for employers that you can ask, but in my opinion they’re the best.  They’re going to get you the most information while conveying an “I really care” attitude to your interviewer.

Now all you need to do is make sure you go to the interview prepared with a list of questions… and make sure you don’t ask anything that they’ve already told you.  Not listening in an interview could blow the whole thing.

Good luck, and happy interviewing, you interview know it all!

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