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1. What is the history of this position?

This is an important question for you to know if the position offered to you is a new position or has someone already set certain standards for this role. If this is a replacement position then ask a follow-up question like who owned the responsibilities upto this time and how willl the duties be transferred. Also try to find out the reason why the person has left this company. Was he or she promoted or internally transferred? It is also good to clarify why the company is not considering internal candidates for the same.

2. What are the expectations about the workflow?

Usually most companies have 8-9 hours working with 5 or 6 days workweek. Companies do believe in work-life balance. However it is very important to clarify if you are expected to work on weekends and responding to emails outside the normal working hours. This varies from person to person and certain work situations as well.

3. Next steps forward...How can I learn and grow in the company. What is my next career path?

Every company would like to hire people who are dedicated to personal and professional growth. Ask if the company invests in continued education or professional training. Do they give any formal or informal mentoring or coaching? Ensure the hiring manager that continued growth is important for you and would like to grow with the company.

4. Describe the culture of the company.

This will help to know if you are a good fit for the company. Can you gel in their work conditions, environment, teams working in the company, etc. Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and dynamic of the company before join them. Apart from them you can also check from the market and other social media channels about the company culture.

5. What plans does the company have for the business growth in the next 5 years?

If you are looking for a long term career with the company, then make sure that the company is growing so that you can grow with the company. Make sure that you ask about the turnover or the revenue growth of the company if they are willing and open to  share the numbers with you.

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