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Do you have questions about the job / company?

Remember that a job interview isn’t a one way street. It’s also your assessment of the employer and job, as well as an opportunity to learn more about them. Be prepared for this question. Even if it isn’t asked, have some questions ready. What you ask shows the interviewer interest. A person who doesn’t bother to be curious about the job and company isn’t going to come across as interested.

Some good questions to ask include:

* How do you describe the job and its responsibilities?
* Can you tell me about the owner, something that isn’t on the web site?
* How many people work in the department, group or office?
* Is there travel? If so, how much?
* Is it possible that the company will pay for relocation?
* What typical hours are expected in a work week? Is overtime expected on a regular basis?
* What are the opportunities for growth and advancement?
* Does the company pay for any ongoing education?
* Are there examples of people who have moved upwards in the company?
* What do you like about the job/company?
* What don’t you like about it?
* What things would you change if you could?
* If I am offered the job, when would be the earliest you’d want me to begin work?
* Can I tell you any other information about my qualifications?
* What is the process from here – when will I hear from you and via what method?
* What is the dress code?
* Will there be additional interviews?
* Do you have additional questions for me?

Asking questions is a positive. It shows real interest in the job and the company. Not only will it reflect well during the interview, but it serves you well when making a decision. It may be hard to ask more questions after a long interview. But even if you’re itching to get out the door, take the time.

Don’t ask questions that a candidate should know, such as information that can be found on the web site. Questions to avoid include:

* What does the company do?
* How long have you been in business?
* Anything exciting happening around here?
* Can you tell me about the history of the company?
* Do I have the job?
* Can I bring my pet snake to the office? (A job candidate actually asked this question.)

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