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Before you decide to accept or reject a particular job, there are many questions you should ask which will give you enough information to make a proper decision.

This page offers some suggestions of questions you could ask when finding out information about a job.

Some of these questions could even be asked in the job interview itself.

JOB DESCRIPTION
  • Briefly describe the main tasks that are involved in the job.
  • What would I be expected to do?- handle money, tools, people, sit, stand, lift, walk, be indoors/outdoors, with others/by my self, doing hard/easy tasks, enough variety in job, what would I like/dislike about this?
  • Who would I be working with and how closely?
  • Are other workers my age or younger/older?
  • Would I deal with customers, suppliers or visitors? Who? When? Where? Why?
  • Who can help me if I need it?

PERSONAL QUALITIES NEEDED
  • What general abilities and special skills are needed?
  • Can these be developed later if I don't have them now?
  • Does the job suit those school subjects I did well in?
  • Are any special qualities, manner, behaviour or character needed? Is a strong physique necessary?
  • Have I any physical disabilities (include health problems) which could prevent me doing this job?

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • What level of education is required?
  • Am I doing the right subjects at school to do this job?
  • Am I doing well enough in these subjects?

TRAINING
  • What special job training is needed?
  • Do I need to do any special courses?
  • Where are they done?
  • How long will it take?
  • Are they full time or part-time?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Who pays for it?
  • Do I get paid during my training?
  • Can I get any scholarships or allowances to help me meet any costs?

PROMOTION PROSPECTS
  • What higher levels will this job lead to?
  • What must I do to get further in the job?
  • Will there be jobs in the future?
  • Is the industry growing, stable or declining?
  • What are the chances of promotion within a particular firm, or with other firms?
  • Does the firm provide courses, or time off for study?
  • Will training and experience in this field allow me to get a different job later on in Iife?

METHOD OF ENTRY
  • Is there a standard method of entering the job such as an apprenticeship, cadetship, etc.?
  • If so, what are the special conditions to it?
  • Are there any age, height, weight, etc. limits?
  • Is it hard to get a position in this type of work?
  • When, where and how often are vacancies advertised?
  • Is it a popular job with others?

EFFECTS ON MY LIFESTYLE
  • How much will my work interfere with, or improve, my life outside of work?
  • How will my free time be affected-overtime, taking work home, travelling time?
  • What would my family and friends think of this job?
  • How would it affect my dress, appearance, manner, health, social life?
  • What unpleasant strains will this job place on me?
  • Will I get the satisfactions I want from this job?
  • What hours are usually worked?
  • When are the breaks during the day?
  • What is the pay?
  • How often will I get paid?
  • Are there any extra financial rewards - overtime, bonuses, etc.?
  • Are any earnings on a commission basis?
  • What are the retirement provisions?
  • How much sick leave and holiday leave have I got?

Use our job study sheet to help you find the answers.

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