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Interview Questions 
12th-Apr-2006 06:43 pm
southpark
Here are some questions I was thinking of asking employers. I was figuring that an interview should be both ways. You are there because you have needs, too. If you can think of anything to add (or subtract), please comment.
  1. Project Personnel

    1. How many people are on this team?

    2. What is the turnover rate?

    3. What diverse skills make up this team?

    4. Has this team ever been laid off?

      1. Why?

      2. How long was the layoff?

      3. Did they actively seek to return?

    5. Have any team members been promoted?

  2. Project Funding

    1. How is this project funded?

    2. What is the funding history of this project?

    3. How long has this project been funded?

    4. Has the project ever been unfunded or de-funded?

      1. What happened to the team members?

  3. Project Management

    1. How experienced are the managers with this project?

    2. How long have the managers been assigned to this project?

    3. What is the turnover rate for managers on this project?

    4. Is there a lot of design churn?

      1. What drives or is the source of this churn?

    5. What is the timeline for this project?

      1. What is the drop-dead date?

      2. What happens if milestones are missed?

    6. Please describe the development process you are using.

    7. What is the management hierarchy?

    8. How many hours are typically worked by individual team members per week?

    9. Are any of this project’s managers former team members?

      1. Why were they promoted?

  4. Corporate

    1. How many layoffs have there been and when were they?

    2. Why did the layoffs take place?

    3. Is the reassignment of personnel preferred over layoff?

    4. Do laid off employees actively seek to return to this company?

    5. What are the opportunities for advancement?

  5. Employer Expectations

    1. What challenges are you having that you expect my employment to overcome? (why are you hiring me?)

    2. Which of my skills and abilities are of the most interest to you?

    3. What are the typical working hours?


Comments 
14th-Apr-2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Need to add "How much travel is there? To where?"

and,

dang it! forgot... I'll post it when I think of it again
14th-Apr-2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, "What opportunites for training are there?"

and,

"What design and development tools do you use? Which ones will I be working with?"

But the one I was trying to remember is an important one: "What do you see me doing here on a daily basis? What will my average day be like?"

This is an important question as it creates the vision in their mind of you working for them. It should be saved for toward the end of the interview with the person you are talking to.
16th-Apr-2006 05:40 pm (UTC) - Questions
Anonymous coward
Imagine you are the employer and someone asks you about turn over rate. Do you really want to tell them?
Perhaps that question would better be left for employees that you can question before or after the interview, like asking potential neighbors if they like their neighborhood and what the schools are like.
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