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An an Interviewee what are some good questions to ask in an interview?
At the close of most interviews the interviewee is given the opportunity to ask questions. What are some good questions that help you to decide if you really want to work for that employer?

One of my favorites is: " How would you gauge the maturity of project management in your organization?"
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"What are some of the challenges you're facing in your current projects?"
It's usually regarded by interviewers as favorable, since PM's are generally expected to solve a company's problems. It's also an opportunity to delve into the causes of the challenges the interviewer names. If the company is dysfunctional, you might be able to detect this in your followup questions, and so avoid joining a bad situation.
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1 reply by Susan Reilly
May 12, 2017 7:35 AM
Susan Reilly
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Eric, thanks so much for getting me started on this. It was your discussion on classic interview questions that made me think of doing this.

Your Awesome!! :-)
You can go through the company portal and you may ask any specific questions about their services/products.
Company turnover, Company attrition per year and growth per year could also be some of the questions. Questions about organization structure/hierarchy are also helpful to give some insight.
"What are some of the immediate needs and expectations on filling this role." - Essentially, you want to find out what the gaps are right now, what is the gap this role is to fill, then you can match/map your past accomplishments and/or skills to that need.

An interview should be a conversation, discussion, not an interrogation. The interview is 2-sided. The goal is to find a match.
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1 reply by Susan Reilly
May 12, 2017 10:05 AM
Susan Reilly
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Thanks Andrew!
The main concern for the interviewee, the potential employee is to know what kind of man is the employer.If this guy is truly embedded in justice, equity, ethics, competence and integrity then there will be a good company turnover, good attrition per year.The project manager is for the project like the head for the rest of the human body, all depends on its vision and perspicacity.
Behavioral based interviewing questions have been the toughest - tell me about a time when you handled a really tough client. Or tell me about how you handled team conflict.
This is all good information and I will pass on to my mentee's. Thank you to all for contributing.
Ask questions that show your interest in the position. Show that you know something about the company.
Try showing your interest in the organization objectives and the work is done, you would not have to do anything else. Elaborate your value about how you would be beneficial and helpful in making company achieve its objectives.
In addition to the above suggestions, depending on the role and the organisation/interviewer role, my questions would include how would the interviewer describe the organisation's culture, the organisations values, what is the boss's management style. The answer usually provides a sense whether the organisation is a good fit or not.
Thank you all again for sharing!

I sit on a Board of Visitors for a Computer Science Department at a local university. We try to help the students prepare to enter the workforce through a variety of activities. I am the only person on the board who at this time does not work in a tech environment so when we do mock interviews I like to help the students with the questions that are more behavioral based and try to get them to look at their soft skills and broaden the scope of their horizon, beyond their technical skills. Many times I find they are unable to really answer the questions. So this discussion, I started and the answers provided are really very helpful to myself and will be to the students. Several of the students mentioned that I was a tough interview, but they appreciated the information gained since in the ensuing years they were able to really feel more prepared for an interview.

So thank you again! Know that you are helping to mentor young college graduates.
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
May 12, 2017 7:55 AM
Andrew Craig
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Thanks for the additional context, Susan. I'm happy to be a part of assisting others career growth.
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