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Questions YOU should be asking!

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Forget for a moment the questions you will be asked during the interview process. What could make or break that impression you are trying to uphold during the process could fall upon deaf ears – unless the interviewer is hearing something substantial from you.

Here are some suggestions to pose to the following – as you are in the interviewing phase:

To a Headhunter or 3rd party recruiter (such as myself):

  • How did you find me?
  • Are you working directly with your client’s hiring manager or HR staff?
  • How long have you been working with this client/company?
  • What success have you had in matching their needs with those you’ve recommended?
  • Do you have a written job description to share with me?
  • Have you or will you present my Resume as it is, or are you going to modify it?

To the Human Resources department (again, such as myself on occasion):

  • How do you describe the culture here and/or work environment?
  • Is there a structured career path or employee development program at this company?
  • What do you consider the company’s strengths at this time, and weaknesses? (this could be in the marketplace, or struggling to keep staff, or growth)
To the Hiring Manager:
  • What specific skills do you desire from your next hire that would make your job easier?
  • How often are performances reviews conducted and are they typically on schedule?
  • What types of challenges would I first encounter if hired into this role? (this could be backlog of work, unwelcoming culture in department, lack of resources)
  • When there is a conflict between team members, what do you do?
  • What would you say your department is most noted for within the company?
  • What are some of the accomplishments your department has most recently achieved?
So it goes without saying, that turning the tables on the hot seat could be an interesting experience for the interview. Nonetheless, it will show that you also, are considered about the fit within the company, the growth or learning potential, and so much more. You want to make an educated decision, just as they are.

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