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I work for a municipal power company and have an interview on Thursday for an internal promotion. I previously worked in the private sector and do not really fit in with where the bar is set at this organization.

I feel this job opportunity (assisting in managing construction projects) would allow me to be involved with outside entities and work to a standard of performance that is much higher than what is expected of me now.

Anyway, I feel if I stay where I am and be patient people will retire and other opportunities will open up as these construction projects get completed.

What questions, or how should I go about figuring out what questions to ask my potential boss who will be interviewing me on Thursday? I do not want to make the mistake of going from the pan to the fire.

jhack's picture

The interviewing podcast series goes into excellent detail on how to ask questions.

The short version: the questions should be about the job, and what you would need to do be successful in it.

The series is excellent for preparing the questions in a way that will both impress the hiring manager with your acumen, and help you determine if this is the right job for you. The exact questions are determined by the opening, by your background, and by the company.

John

wendii's picture

Sadi,

are you worried about not getting enough information from the interview to make a decision or are you asking which questions to ask to impress the interviewer?

If it's the former, I don't think you can ever be 100% sure. A good interviewer will make sure you go away from the interview with your understanding complete and be willing to answer follow up questions from you. But unless crystal balls are sold where you are, you have to make decisions based on all the available information and a bit of hope & faith. I hated the job I work in now for the first 3 months. I thought I'd made the worst decision ever. 2 years later I realise how much I've grown and how much it's given me. So even when you've made a decision that feels bad, sometimes it's good!

If the later, then I posted a long list of potential questions for interviewers, but I can't find it this morning - can someone who is good with the google search find it & post the link? Thanks!

I hope that helps
Wendii

rthibode's picture
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rthibode

that's it! thanks for your help!

Wendii

Mark's picture

I'm sorry my response is so delayed and likely unhelpful.

All good interviewee questions are about what you will be contributing in making the role and the department successful.

Can you tell me more about my role in X?

What is a good example of a high performing behavior or person in this role?

What would be my role in Project X, which you are now rolling out?

Those are a GREAT start.

Mark

yugraju's picture

[quote="sadicarnot"]I work for a municipal power company and have an interview on Thursday for an internal promotion. I previously worked in the private sector and do not really fit in with where the bar is set at this organization.

I feel this job opportunity (assisting in managing construction projects) would allow me to be involved with outside entities and work to a standard of performance that is much higher than what is expected of me now.

Anyway, I feel if I stay where I am and be patient people will retire and other opportunities will open up as these construction projects get completed.

What questions, or how should I go about figuring out what questions to ask my potential boss who will be interviewing me on Thursday? I do not want to make the mistake of going from the pan to the fire.[/quote]