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4 types of questions you should ask

So, you're ready for the job interview. You've had your resume prepared by Regency Resumes and Communications. You've got your foot in the door. Now, what?
More than likely, the interviewer will be interested in knowing about you and spend a good portion of the interview asking
about your work history, your education, and your skills.
While it seems that the interview is all about you, it is equally important for you to find out specific characteristics about the job and the company where you hope to work. This is called "showing your interest in the job."
There are dozens and dozens of questions you might ask, but it's probably easier to remember these four basic categories of questions:
    Here's a tip: Download and print the "printer-friendly version" of this blog. Take a copy with you on the interview!  

Ask questions in the interview that will allow you to get information about characteristics of the job; the people that you might work with, report to and supervise; as well as some idea of how you might stack up against your competition for that job.
Ask for Names and Titles of the Interviewers
Ask for business cards from those you meet in the job interview. If  their business cards are not available, be sure to get the correct spelling and pronunciation of  the job title(s) and name(s) of the interviewer(s).
Don't assume that the position reports to the interviewer. Ask for the name and title of the person in charge of the position that you are seeking.
This contact information will make it possible for you to make a follow-up  call or email with any  additional  inquiry you may have after the interview.
Questions you might ask:
- Do you have a business card?
- May I get the correct spelling of your name and title?
- Who does this position report to?
- May I have your email address or phone number in the event that I have questions after today's meeting?

Ask about  characteristics of the  job
Make it your business to learn what you can  about the requirements of  the job, the  work environment, and the history behind the job. This information will be helpful in  determining whether you  are a good match for the job, as well as for negotiating salary.

Questions you might ask:
- Is this a new or existing position?
- If this is an existing position, ask: Where is the previous employee now?
- If this is a new position, ask: What events led up to the creation of this new position?
- How many other people share the same title as this position?
- How many people are in the department and what are their job titles?
- May I see samples of the work that I'd be doing?
- May I have a copy of the job description?

Ask about characteristics of the company

In many cases, you can do some initial research on the characteristics of the company when visiting its website. Then familiarize yourself with this information so that you can develop questions or comments regarding them to include inmyour questions and conversation with the interviewer.
Look  for this information on the company  website:
- Year company was formed
- Company locations (local, national, global)
- Products and services
- Major customers/clients
- Major competitors
- Number of employees

Get a sense of your  competition

It's a  good idea to find out how long the  overall interviewing  process might take  and whether you can call to find out about  the status of the position.                    
Questions you might ask:
- When do  you expect to fill this position?
- How many people do you expect to interview for this position?
- If I  have questions after this meeting, who should I contact about the status of the position?
Asking pertinent questions can help you assess whether you might be a good match for the job. Furthermore, asking worthwhile questions can also help the prospective employer believe that you are really interested in the job, as well as the company, its employees, and its customers.
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