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.