It is always a good idea to have a prepared list of questions you can take with you to an interview. An interview is a two-way conversation and by asking smart questions you will be able to show the interviewer that you did your homework and are interested in the job. But do not ask questions that are answered on the company's Web site or that were addressed in your interview. Also do not ask questions that you are not honestly interested in since it will be obvious to the interviewer.
Some good questions to ask include what are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of the job as well as the company's culture and management style. You may also want to ask if the company has ongoing training and education for employees, as well as opportunities for advancement within the organization. In addition, you will want to find out the skills and characteristics of those who are successful at the firm. You can also ask about annual reviews and what type of work you will be doing in your first year. These questions will give you information about the company and position for which you are interviewing so that you can determine if the job is right for you. Asking intelligent questions will also impress your potential employer.
Jane Waldman is director of recruitment at Kaplow.