By Kiera Adams, Peer Advisor
The Spring Career Expo is coming up February 22nd, 2017! This is a great way to make connections in order to get an interview for a job or internship. There are many components that make a good, solid interview. A part that isn’t always utilized or is forgotten about is asking the interviewer questions. Monster.com gives a nice quote saying, “Interviews aren’t just about giving the right answers—they’re about asking the right questions.” Here are some good questions that you can ask an interviewer:
About the Job:
1) What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
This is a good question to ask because the interviewer will be able to explain what the expectations are for you right away. This can help you determine how demanding a job will be and if you will be able to handle those demands.
About the Company:
1) What do you enjoy most about working here?
2) Can you give me some examples of the company’s culture?
Both of these questions give you an idea about the type of work environment you will be immersed in. For some, type of environment is super important so you don’t want to go through the whole employment process just to enter a culture that isn’t something you would be happy or thrive in.
To the Interviewer:
1) Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
This question will tell you about opportunities for growth within the company. You want to join a company or organization that will support you growing as a person. Even if it’s a short, summer internship, so you should get all the information you need now just in case the company becomes a long-term option in the future.
Questions not to ask:
1) What are the requirements of the job?
2) What does the person in this job do?
It’s important to do your research before going into an interview. You should have a general idea of what the position you’re applying for does. But feel free to ask the employer about more expectations they have, examples of what you would be expected to do, etc.
3) What is the salary for this position?
Even though this answer is important, you shouldn’t ask this question right off the bat. This is a better question to ask once you’ve been offered a position.
Good luck interviewing, Canes!