Questions you should ask

You need to ask a few questions, too! Here are some ideas:

  • How many individuals complete your training program each year?
  • When does the training program begin?
  • What is the length and structure of the training program?
  • Do most trainees advance fairly rapidly through the training program?
  • What career paths have others generally followed after completing the training program?
  • How does the position and the department contribute to the overall company mission and philosophy?
  • What is typical day (assignment) in your company?
  • What characteristics best describe the individuals who are successful in this position?
  • Does the position offer exposure to other facets of your organization?
  • What other positions and/or departments will I interact with most?
  • To whom does this position report?
  • How much decision-making authority and autonomy is given to new employees?
  • How will my performance be evaluated?
  • How often are performance reviews given? By whom are they given?
  • Are employees ever transferred between functional areas?
  • What are the opportunities for relocation?
  • Does your organization encourage its employees to pursue additional education?
  • How would you describe the organizational culture and environment?
  • What makes your organization different from its competitors?
  • What industry-wide trends are likely to affect your organization?
  • What are your organization's strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would you say are the biggest changes the organization has undergone in the last five years?
  • What changes do you anticipate in the next five years?
  • What is the greatest challenge your organization faces during the next year?

Adapted from the Northwestern Lindquist-Endicott Report, The Placement Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1991.