Second Interview — Top 10 Questions to Ask


So, last week I had a second interview for a job I kind of wanted. To be honest, it sounded like the perfect job for me but I was worried about the work culture. It’s like one of those guys that looks great on paper, but you have this strange feeling that something is off.  For the purpose of this post, I will call the company KBO Inc. *wink, wink to my best friend*

I think I should give you a little background on how I got here.  I have been on the job hunt for many months now and, in a week, I received three different interviews. When I say “in a week” I literally mean I had no interviews for the last three months and one week I had three interviews with three different companies. Here is the breakdown:

  • KBO Inc. is a corporate company. I had one interview and I had a follow up interview! They offered me the job and I turned it down because they were low balling me. They offered such a low salary – it was the same amount that I made right out of my undergrad.
  • Local University interviewed me for an part-time, temporary library specialist. Pays shit and will end at the completion of Fall semester with no guarantee for re-hire. However, they offered me the job and the experience will be valuable. I accepted and start today!
  • Prison librarian interview. The interview went great but the pay is very low, the process takes too long, and it is a male prison! It would be full of good stories, I am sure 🙂

Since I had this second interview with KBO Inc, and the University had yet to officially offer me a job in writing, I was again in job limbo. Because of this you, my fabulous few readers, get to see my top 10 questions that should be asked in a job interview. I have scoured the web and found these questions/tips to be the most relevant, and least pompous, suggestions. Not sure if you should ask all 10 [you don’t want to interrogate the interviewer]. I asked these questions in my interview with KBO Inc. and got the offer by the end of the day. My potential boss even commented that my questions reflected my critical thinking, interest in the company, and that I just “got” it.


  1. What exactly is this positions responsibilities and what would you like to see completed in the first 6 months of this position?
  2. How do you think an employee in this position could best impact the company?
  3. What do you value about this company, and why do you enjoy working here?
  4. What are organizations priority for the next few years? Does the company have a 5 year plan?
  5. How are decisions made – and how are those decisions communicated to the staff?
  6. What kinds of people really thrive in your organization?
  7. What is the most important and pressing problem for the new hire to tackle?
  8. What is the company’s code of ethics and how is it communicated to employees?
  9. Could you give me a bit more detail on the salary range for this position and the benefits offered employees? [Be careful bringing up salary at this stage. It was important for me to bring up salary because of the other opportunities available. They listened and nodded when I said what I wanted – $25 and hour – and then later offered me about the equivalent of $11-17 an hour].


  • If you will be meeting with various people (as I did) make sure to share different stories with different people. It is assumed they will all meet together to discuss you and you want each person to share a different strength. Sharing the same story 5 times shows a lack of variety. These are good questions to ask potential co-workers:
    • What’s it really like to work here? Do you like it here?
    • What skills and characteristics does the company value?
    • Do you feel as though you know what is expected of you?
    • How do people from different departments interact?
    • Are there opportunities for further training and education?
    • How do people get promoted around here?
    • How effectively does the company communicate to its employees?
  • Now that you are more familiar with the position and the company, put yourself in their shoes. Answer their questions from their point of view. Always provide examples.
  • Request business cards and write down names of each individual you meet. You may want to send handwritten thank you cards. In past experience, this is a MUST.


I hope this helps all you job hunters! While I now have two part-time jobs, I feel I am getting closer and closer to a real professional job.  All the interviews are annoying [and might feel like a waste of time] but I think they are preparing me for something … not yet sure what that something is.

love, Sarah


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