May 26, 2012 6:26:02 AM MDT
Marie... I'm not sure what you consider "standard questions," but here are a few that might be considered a bit "off the wall."
Describe the personality of your firm... if it were an animal what sort of animal would it be and why?
Describe your best agents... what sort of characteristics do they have and what are they doing? (You could ask the same about the worst ones.)
What is your long term plan? What sort of firm do you see this being in five years? ten years?
How will I be supervised? How much latitude do I have in deciding how to work with clients?
Do you anticipate making any major changes to your company's policy in the near future?
What do you see as the strengths of your company for consumers? for your licensees?
Basically, you have to think of yourself as interviewing the company... find some good interview questions and adapt them. One consideration is obviously who you will be interviewing with... ideally get to the broker--more and more brokers are relying on office assistants who won't necessarily know the answers to good probing questions.
I can tell you what keeps me where I am, but you need to figure out what is important to you and develop questions that will get information about that.
For me, it's all about working environment and independence, but that's because of my situation.