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Old 01-01-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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I also always ask "When will you make your decision and how long would it take to hear if I were to obtain the position?"

That way I'm not sitting around wondering if I got the job, if they say one week to hear anything, I give them at least 2, if there is a holiday during that time, I add an additional week.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:09 PM
 
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Anymore questions to ask please?
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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usually they will tell you these things during the interview.

asking questions can come back to bite one in the ass. if you ask questions they already discussed that may not sit well with the interviewers, nobody wants to explain the basic job duties/details twice.
Good Lord. Obviously you don't ask a question if it has already been covered. If at the end of an interview you can't think of one relevant thing to ask me I don't need you working for me.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:47 PM
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Good Lord. Obviously you don't ask a question if it has already been covered. If at the end of an interview you can't think of one relevant thing to ask me I don't need you working for me.
Seems like a sure way to lose potential employees. Oh well, your loss.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:50 PM
 
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usually they will tell you these things during the interview.

asking questions can come back to bite one in the ass. if you ask questions they already discussed that may not sit well with the interviewers, nobody wants to explain the basic job duties/details twice.
That's why you listen and pay attention during the interview, which you should be doing anyway

Not asking questions will make you look as though you are not interested in the job, and it really does matter. They want someone enthusiastic and who really wants to work for them.

I too make a list of questions to ask beforehand, written on a notepad.

I sometimes ask about the experience level of the people that I'll be working with. Or what the typical learning curve is. Or what tools they use for particular things e.g. source control (I'm a software developer).
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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Seems like a sure way to lose potential employees. Oh well, your loss.
No, it is not.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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You should ask what you want to know! In absence of anything else, consider:

"What is the biggest challenge for the person coming in to this role?"

"What can a new employee anticipate for training and onboarding?"

"What is the career path for this position?"

"What is the biggest challenge your department is facing for this upcoming year?"
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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Also, it wouldn't hurt to have one strong question to ask the demonstrates that you've researched the company. It conveys that you're serious about wanting to work there and that you know how to prepare for business situations.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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you dont have to ask anything, you can simply state that you learned alot about the company and the job culture and that you were extremely honored to interview with them.
Not a good idea, by not asking any questions it could be perceived that you weren't paying attention or don't have a real interest in the position.

This also gives you the opportunity to ask when a hiring decision will be made, so you have an idea of the timeframe as to when and if you will hear back from them.

But you always ask a couple of questions.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Great questions, Yellowbelle.
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