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Questions to Ask Employers

Always prepare questions for the interviewer.  Below are some ideas of questions you can ask. 

first-round interviews

At this stage, you should aim to get a sense for what the position entails.


  • Is there a training program?
  • What skills are you looking for in candidates?
  • Is there travel involved in the position?
  • When should I anticipate hearing from you concerning my candidacy?

Other questions to ask vary from employer to employer.  If you have thoroughly researched the company, targeted questions on new products, marketing strategies, or organizational challenges are acceptable.  

Second-round interviews

At this level, the company is interested in gaining more specific information on your background and abilities.  Likewise, you need to learn as much as possible about your potential employer. Prepare insightful questions that reflect your knowledge of the industry and the specific employer.

For example:

  • Would you elaborate on your training program?
  • What is the management style of the organization?
  • Would you describe a typical work week?
  • What types of career paths or opportunities for professional development exist?
  • How would my performance be evaluated?
  • What are the qualities of those who have been successful in such a role? 


Some companies require three or more interviews to evaluate candidates. If this occurs, you are certainly a candidate that the company is seriously considering for employment. This is the time to ask any final questions concerning the organization. Focus on topics that have come up during previous interviews. At this point, the issues of salary and benefits will most likely be mentioned.  If the employer does not bring it up, you may. Phrasing it in relation to a salary range is acceptable. 

Many of your questions at this stage will depend on individual research and areas of concern.  Generally, insightful, well-thought-out questions that demonstrate your knowledge are the key.  If you need assistance in formulating questions, stop by Career Services, GSU 207 and schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Advisor.