Sample Questions to Ask an Employer

student asking a potential employer a question

Below is a list of sample questions.  It is advised that you only use these questions as a guide for developing your own. The questions you ask an employer should be based on what additional information you would like to gain.

  • How would you describe the corporate culture?
  • Upon what criteria will my performance be evaluated?
  • How will this be done and by whom?
  • How are employees rewarded for excellent performance?
  • Describe the kind of people who thrive in your company.
  • What are the key competencies of a successful employee?
  • What are the company's values and ethics?
  • How are these manifested in relationships with employees, customers, and suppliers?
  • How would you describe the company's management style and the philosophy of its top executives?
  • Is my boss's performance evaluated on how well he/she develops his/her subordinates? On the success of the department?
  • What commitment does the company have to the career development and training of its employees? How will the company help me achieve my maximum potential?
  • What are the major issues this organization and industry currently face? In the next three to five years?
  • How do current employees feel about their jobs and the company?
  • What is your attrition rate of new hires within one year? Three years? Five years? Why do they leave?
  • What are the opportunities for progression and increased responsibility within the organization?
  • How secure is this position? If I were to be laid off, what assistance would I receive?
  • Is there a commitment to promote from within? What percentage of your top managers were promoted from inside the organization?
  • What is the company doing to ensure it will be a viable and profitable organization ten years from now? What is the strategic vision of the organization and how do individuals contribute to it?
  • What will be expected of me in this position?
  • How does this job and department fit into the organization as a whole?
  • Describe working relationships with other departments in the company.
  • What are the expected work hours, start date, work locations, travel requirements, dress code, and relocation prospects?