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Old 07-18-2012, 10:57 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Want to wish you the best of luck!!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:22 AM
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Hi! I'm a finalist for a job in another state. I traveled there for my first interview but didn't have a chance to meet anyone except to answer the interviewers' questions.

My finalist interview will be via phone. What kinds of questions could I diplomatically ask to get a better sense of company morale, etc., without wrecking the chance to be hired?

If I'm selected, is it okay to ask for a chance to speak to a random staff member before I accept? Any ways to ask without making a negative impression?

Getting the job offer would be a big deal. I don't mind some unknowns and don't want to ruin the chance. But it would mean a costly move far away from family and friends.

P.S. Unfortunately, not a type of company where I could ask around in the industry network. I'm on my own for this one. Thanks!
Some of the questions I always ask in an interview:

1. Why is the position open? (Growth, replacement of a departing employee, etc).
2. What do you think is the most fulfilling aspect of this role?
3. What are the biggest challenges will this new person encounter in this role? (This is where I usually end up getting some pretty insightful responses about the 'timbre' of the place such as-- navigating various groups, being politick, etc.)
4. What are the department's/organization's biggest challenges?
5. What are the goals of the organization for this year (next few years), how does this role fit into them?
6. From your experience what are the most vital skills needed for this position that you may have not called out on the posting
7. What is the natural progression in this job (aka potential for advancement, is there a place to go?)

Sometimes I don't get all of them in-- I try to ask them throughout the interview and in my experience I have found that they give me a really good insight into what working in that environment is like. They are also usually disarming meaning I find the interviewers relax and end up telling me ALL kinds of good stuff (aka diarrhea mouth) to help me make my own decision.

The key, in my opinion and from my career coaches at school, is that you should have control of the interview so you are getting what YOU need from the interview to make your own decision. Think of the interview as something you called versus something you have to attend.

Good luck.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:12 PM
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Default Excellent insights and questions...

Many thanks for the insights and sample questions. I can see how tactful questions can elicit more information about the company. I'll politely ask for more information instead of just trying to say the right things so they hire me. Now I understand what "win-win" means.
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