Magnified Illustration With The Word Questions On White BackgroundA key role of a Recruiter is to coach and prepare candidates for their interviews.  In the article below Hallie Crawford presents several questions to consider when interviewing and evaluating the opportunity.  What we like about the article is that the questions focus more on the company and your goals than on the specifics of the job itself.  Many times we have candidates that are focusing on the compensation aspects of an opportunity and don’t fully consider how the opportunity fits their overall career plan and goals.   As you read the article consider how these questions can help as you interview and consider whether the opportunity is a fit in your long term goals.


5 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Hiring Manager Before Taking the Job

You’ve landed a job interview. That’s great news! Surely you will want to prepare well for the interview. You will want to prepare your STAR stories, know which strengths to talk about, and the general questions the hiring manager will most likely ask. However, sometimes in the preparation process, we forget about things to ask the hiring manager and factors to ask ourselves before accepting the job.

During the interview, here are five important questions to ask the hiring manager:

  1. What programs are available for professional development for their employees? How do they implement those?
  2. What metrics do they use for evaluating performance and how often does that occur?
  3. What are their corporate values and how do they honor those?
  4. What is a typical day like, who will I be interacting with on a regular basis, and can I meet them?
  5. What type of person best succeeds in this position?

Asking these thoughtful questions will show that you are truly interested in the position, in your career, and how you would perform as an employee.

It’s also important to think through these five factors on a personal level:

  1. Will this job make use of my strengths—those I would like to continue using?
  2. Is the work environment, culture, and management style suited to my personality type?
  3. Before I accept, do I know exactly what will be expected of me, down to the specific goals I am expected to achieve and milestones in the first 3–6 months?
  4. Will this job move me towards my long-term career goals?
  5. How often will I be challenged in this position?

Before the interview, decide what the ideal responses to these questions would be. Then be alert during your interview for the answers to these questions. Jot down small notes, if needed, and see how the answers match up to your ideal responses. Of course, depending on the industry, you may want to consider additional factors. Keep in mind that in order for a job to be rewarding, you must find fulfillment from using your strengths.


About the Author:

Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach, speaker and author. is a boutique career coaching firm known for their personal attention and commitment to their clients. Their holistic approach to coaching is effective for career seekers wanting to find their passion and career path for life. Their hands on approach to career coaching is tried and tested with a 98% approval rating. To schedule a complimentary consultation visit

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Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Hiring Manager