Sometimes when talking to a person newly met in a office, we need to ask them which position they are working in. How to ask that ?

I have the following lines in my head, but not sure if they will sound normal, or are even correct.

  • Hi. What post have you got ?
  • Hi. What is your job here ?
  • Hi. Which position are you in?

Please help me.

  • 1
    'post' sounds a bit US Eng to me, role might work... "What's your role here?" which is non-specific enough to allow them to either give you their job title, or expand to an actual description of what they do. [not that there's anything wrong with it sounding US, just I think role might be more international] Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 12:37
  • what's the relation, MM, MF, FM or FF? because we care.
    – JMP
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 17:06
  • @JonMarkPerry take it as MX.
    – MAKZ
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 17:08

2 Answers 2


It might be easier to start by asking where they work within the company; that is, ask a question that goes something along these lines:

Which branch do you work for?
What section do you work in?
Which department head do you work for?

One or two of those quesitons might give you the answer that you seek; the person might say:

I work in finance as a programmer in the payroll department.

If not, though – if the person just says something like, "I work in finance" – you can always ask a
follow-on question:

And what's your role there?
And what do you do in that department?


For starters, after 'Hi', introduce yourself - 'I'm Mikey'. If you have a higher position than they do, the last thing you want to do is scare them.

Next, if, as your Q implies, you are higher ranked, surely you should know their position, but allowing for that you don't:

All three are fine. Tailor each one to the person you are asking. I would go with 2:

Hello. I'm Mikey. You are?, ... and what is your job here?

because it asks the person what they DO, not what the name of the job is.

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