Me? I'm quirky. I ask about things that are important to me.
First, usually on the phone
- dress code. Important to me. Tie required, we can just stop.
- salary range - less important, but if it's not near what I need, then it's an issue.
- Outline of the job and what projects they're planning. Not so important, but something might pique my interest.
In person. If I get this far, I usually get better answers to these than on the phone.
- Hours. What do most people work and what should I work
- Travel - Hate it, so want to know what they expect.
- On-call. This can be issue if it's too much. Be sure you know what you're getting into. With this goes remote access.
- Team. I want to meet them. All of them and if it's a smaller company (< 100 people), I want to meet the CEO and CTO if they're not interviewing me. This makes a difference. The people I work with are people I need to get along with. If I don't, I move on. Everything else can be worked on. If it's a small company, I need to be sure I feel comfortable with the people in charge. I've even asked to meet CFOs and COOs before. I'm a senior guy, but it's good to chat with them, ask them what they see for the company, what their plans are, what types of expectations that see for IT. Is it stratgetic or just operational.
- Benefits - Get details in person and understand if it's important to you. Especially if you have medical/dental needs for your family.
- Time off/Education/Career growth - For me I like conferences and seminars as a way to learn, but also meet people. So it's good to have someone support your type of career. Might be an MBA for others, classroom, certs, etc.
The big thing is to ask what you want to know. Don't offend someone or be confrontational, but ask like you would of a professor in college, in search of information.
And be honest. If something's a problem for you, let them know now.