Career Services

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Questions to Ask the Employer


Following are some questions you might ask an employer.

  • What are the most important skills and attributes you are looking for in filling this position?

  • What would be a typical work day for this position?

  • How many hours of work per week would be required to be successful?

  • What is the organizational structure of your department?

  • How would you describe your company culture?

  • What are your organizational values?  How do these values influence your decision-making?

  • What is your vision for your department over the next two to three years?’

  • What major challenges are you currently facing as a manager?

  • What is your competitive advantage in the marketplace?

  • What makes your company better than your competitors?

  • What are the areas that your competitors do better in than your company?

  • Who do you consider your customers to be?

  • What is your value to your customers?

  • What business problems keep you awake at night?

  • Can you tell me more about the other people in the organization I would be working with?Can I meet with any of them before accepting an offer of employment?

  • What would you consider to be exceptional performance from someone performing in this position in the first 90 days?

  • What is the internal perception of pursuing further education, such as a Master’s degree?

  • What is your management style?

  • How do you typically make decisions?

  • What is your preferred method of communication with your team?

  • How are you evaluated as a manager?

  • What can I do to make you successful?

  • How long have you been with the organization?

  • What has been your career path within the organization?

  • What will be the measurements of my success in this position?

  • What are the organizational goals?

  • What are the tools used to measure whether or not an employee is achieving his/her goals?

  • Do you have a strategic planning process within your organization? How often is it done? Who participates? What is the typical planning time horizon?

  • How are new strategic initiatives communicated to the organization?

  • Is your department considered to be a profit center or a cost center? What are the financial expectations of the department?

  • Do you have control over your own budget? How is the initial budget amount determined?

  • How is technology used in the job?

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Contact Information Office of Career Services

Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Room: 407
Telephone: (219) 473-4253 (Indiana)
                      (773) 721-0202, Ext. 253 (Illinois)
                      1-877-700-9100 (Toll Free)
FAX: (219) 473-4277