My post of December 15, 2006, was on the seven toughest interview questions to answer. It was well received. Several RT profs said they had passed on the information to their students.
Today I saw another article on interviewing. I'm posting information from that article with the hope that RT students and professionals will use it. The article was "The Best Questions to Ask in an Interview" by Laura Morsch of CareerBuilder.com
I've rewritten Morsch's questions for RT. Here they are:About the organization
Morsch says that interviewers are interested in candidates who ask questions based on what they know about the organization. Questions to ask:
What do you see ahead for your organization in the next five years?
What do you consider to be your organization's most important assets?
What can you tell me about your plans for growth?
How do you rate your competition?The position's history
Asking about why the position is vacant can provide insight into the organization and the potential for advancement. Questions to ask:
What happened to the last person who held this job?
What were the major strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job?
What types of skills do you NOT already have onboard that you're looking to fill with a new hire?The department
Asking about your department's workers and role in the organization can help you understand more about the organization's culture and hierarchy. Questions to ask:
What is the overall structure of the agency and how does your department fit the structure?
What are the career paths in this department?
What have been the department's successes in the last couple of years?
How do you view your department?The job's responsibilities
To avoid any confusion later on, it pays to gain a solid understanding of the position. Questions to ask:
What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position?
Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to within the organization?
Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client I would be dealing with?The expectations
To determine how and when you will evaluated, questions include:
What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
How will I be evaluated, and how often?At the end of the interview
, don't forget to ask:
What are the next steps in the interview process?