This guest post comes from our campus ambassador Kayla Stevens from University of South Florida.
As summer internship season is right around the corner, I wanted to give some pointers on how to better prepare for an interview. Below are some key tips that I would suggest:
- Make sure you don’t ask a question just to be asking one. Make sure it is something you really want to know more about.
- Ask questions that demonstrate your value, intelligence and knowledge of the potential employer.
- Ask for a tour of the office.
- Ask questions that indicate you have researched that company
- Do NOT ask about salary, benefits or perks until after the original interview
- Exchange business cards before you leave.
With that been said, have you ever wondered what kind of questions are the right kind of questions? I have, which is why I’ve complied a list of questions that have personally worked in my favor.
1. Ask about the details of the job, what will I be doing on a day-to-day basis?
2. Ask what the interviewer likes best about working at the company.
3. Why did the previous person leave this position? (the one you are interviewing for; usually with internships, it’s just a semester position so there isn’t usually a reason besides that)
4. What expectations will there be within the first few months?
5. What can I do for you? What do you think I bring to the table?
6. Where do you see this company going in the next five years?
7. What is the best and worst aspects to your job?
8. What industry books would you suggest reading?
9. What training will be provided to help me better excel at this position?
10. What did the previous employee do that you’d like to see improved?
11. Are there opportunities to work on projects not listed in the original job description?
12. What is the most urgent challenge that you want me to tackle when I start?
13. Are there opportunities to move up after this position?
14. Who would you say are your biggest competitors?
15. Realistically, when will I hear back?
Not only will asking questions help get you involved in a more elaborate conversation, but it will also show the employer that you are interested in the company and not just yourself. Companies like to see that you have researched them and that you know a little about what you’re getting into, before you actually do. I like to think that being over prepared is much better than not being prepared at all.