Questions Commonly Asked of Interviewers

Position Description

  1. Would you describe the duties of the position for me, please?
  2. Can you tell me about the primary people with whom I would be dealing?
  3. Is this a newly created position? If not, how long did the previous person hold it? Was the previous person promoted?
  4. What support services are available to carry out the responsibilities of this position?
  5. To whom would I be reporting?
  6. How and when would my performance be evaluated?
  7. Is regular travel a part of this position?
  8. Can you tell me about the people who would be reporting to me?
  9. Could you describe a typical day?

Career Paths

  1. Can you tell me about the career path this position offers?
  2. What percentage of the people are promoted from this position? In how long?
  3. Where does this position lead? How does it fit into the organization?
  4. Could you tell me about the people who have preceded me in this position and in the department? Where are they now, and what are they doing?
  5. Is it your usual policy to promote from within?
  6. How are promotions or transfers determined within the company?
  7. Does advancement to upper management usually require an advanced degree?

Education & Training

  1. What additional training might be necessary for this position?
  2. Is training done in a classroom/group session or is it handled on an individual basis?
  3. Are there training programs available to me so that I can learn and grow professionally?
  4. What type of on-the-job training programs do you offer?
  5. Does the firm support further college education for its employers?

Judgment Questions for Interviewer

  1. What kind of personal attributes and qualifications does your company value?
  2. What characteristics are important for this position?
  3. What do you consider ideal education and experience for this position?
  4. What is the most significant challenge facing your staff now?
  5. Is there anything unusually challenging about this position?
  6. What have been some of the best results produced by people in this position?
  7. What are your projections for this department/position for the next year? (Specify type of projections, e.g. sales, production, products, profits, etc.)
  8. What are some ways that previous people have had an impact?
  9. What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
  10. What are your plans for expanding the (Sales, audit, research, etc.) departments?
  11. How do you rate your competition?
  12. What do you see in the future for this industry?

General Questions for Interviewer

  1. Are there any questions about my qualifications (resume) I can answer?
  2. What are the backgrounds of the leading individuals in my area of interest?
  3. Are there any other assignments not specifically mentioned in the position description?
  4. Can you tell me a little about your own experience with the company?
  5. Is the company planning any new market lines?
  6. When do you expect to make a hiring decision for this position?