Asking Self-Interest Questions After a Job Offer
After you receive a job offer, you can ask self-interest questions that address your personal agenda. These questions about pay, benefits, and other related items should be asked only after you receive a job offer — or at least a heavy hint of an offer.
With the offer in hand, you’re ready to make the switch from giving to receiving information. In addition to negotiating salary and benefits, you’ll also want to know about things like leave time, overtime, flextime, frequency of performance reviews, and (if it’s a contract job) how long the job will last.
Asking personal agenda questions in advance of an offer is dangerous, but after the offer, let fly with questions such as these:
Your company culture seems fairly unstructured. Is my impression correct?
What problems might I face in this job?
Is my future relocation a possibility?
Is my employee parking included in the offer?
Does management delegate decision-making to others, or does it micromanage — requiring that I get approval of even the tiniest details?
Where would I work in the building? Could I take a look at the location for a minute?
Is the schedule fixed (such as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or is it flexible (my choice of hours)?
Would I have an exempt (from overtime pay) or non-exempt position?