THIS is the Most Important Interview Question!
Hannah Faust is our Campus Ambassador for Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a junior Communication Studies major.
One time, a friend of mine told me he was asked in an interview, “How many golf balls can you fit into a Honda Civic and why?” Cue jaw on the floor. What?! How does anyone answer that question? Not to mention, he was interviewing for a marketing job. Terrifying, I know. It seems like nowadays employers are not afraid to get tough and tricky with you in interviews. However, there is one question that every interviewer will ask and could make or break your interview….
Do you have any questions for me?
Simple, right? Wrong. Do not be fooled by what appears to be the easiest and least awkward way to signal the end of an interview…it is so much more. Here are a few ways to answer this question properly and impressively.
1) Ask about the internship itself. What are your expectations for your interns? What is the structure of the internship? How much responsibility are interns given? Is the work hands-on or is there a lot of observation? As an intern, will you have opportunities to meet with higher executives for mentoring? Will you have opportunities to remain with the company after the internship?
2) Ask about the company’s atmosphere. What’s a day in the office like? Is the company’s atmosphere competitive or collaborative? What are your favorite things about working here? In this, feel free to establish your knowledge of their mission statement by stating it and asking how the company fulfills it.
3) Ask about the process. Keep it simple! Where do we go from here? What is the process after this internship? Will you contact me or will I contact you?
By asking some of these questions, you are demonstrating that you care about the internship and that you are prepared to look at it as a job and not just a “dream title” internship. It shows that you are ready to take on the responsibility of an intern! Good luck and comment below with any further suggestions!