Sample Questions You Might Ask an Interviewer
Asking questions of your interviewer is the simplest way of showing knowledge about the position and an interest in the company. Don't interrupt with questions but be prepared when given the opportunity.
Sample questions you might ask a potential employer
- What is a typical day like?
- What personal qualities/characteristics are most important for success in this position/organization?
- What working relationships will I have with others in the organization?
- How often will my performance be evaluated? How will I be evaluated?
- What are the prospects for future growth and expansion of this company?
- What are the major changes that this organization wishes to bring about?
- What training opportunities are available to better prepare employees for their position or for advancement?
- What is the company's management philosophy?
- Has this organization hired Albion graduates in the past? If so, what is their success record?
- What will be expected of me as a new employee?
- What has been your career path with this company?
If interviewing for a teaching position
- What is the average class size?
- What auxiliary services are offered to the student? To the teacher?
- Describe the economic/cultural mix of students in your district.
- Does the community support the school district? How?
- What type of support does the administration provide for teachers?
The importance of practice
Success in anything comes with practice. To develop a confident interview style, you are advised to practice in a "risk-free" atmosphere. You can practice in front of a mirror or in front of a friend, but serious practice will reap benefits before an interview.
The Career and Internship Center offers several resources to help you gain interviewing experience and to help you develop strategies for relating your past experiences to employers. The Career Resource Library has several books and resources on interviewing. Access to potential questions, in conjunction with your background research, will allow you to have meaningful practice sessions.
Consider scheduling an appointment in the Career and Internship Center for a mock interview. Students who have done this tell us it is very beneficial to their comfort level and confidence. Don't forget the faculty at Albion. Mock interviews with experts in the field is also extremely beneficial.
As you consider how to respond to potential interview questions, your objective should be to have responses which are thoughtful, persuasive, and illustrated by example, as well as to successfully articulate how you will contribute to the organization and what you seek from the job.
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What to Do and Not Do in an Interview
Sometimes all of us need a reminder of how to behave in what could be a stressful situation.
- Research the company and specific position ahead of time.
- Get a good night's sleep before the interview so you will be mentally alert.
- Leave plenty of time to get to the interview, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early.Never arrive late!
- Dress properly and appear well groomed.
- Express enthusiasm.
- Remember and correctly pronounce the names of the people you meet.
- Sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and show sincere and polite interest in the position and interviewer.
- Listen carefully to interview questions and answer completely.
- Sell your qualifications rather than your need for a job.
- Ask questions during the interview.
- Bring additional copies of your resume and list of references.
- Follow-up the interview with a thank you letter.
- Bring others to the interview.
- Interrupt the interviewer.
- Ask questions about salary and benefits.
- Criticize former employers, co-workers, applicants, organizations.
- Chew gum.
The best way to be sure you are prepared for an interview is to do a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center or with faculty specific to the area you are interviewing for. Treat a mock interview as the real thing - dress and all!
What Are Mock Interviews?
To develop a confident interview style, you may wish to practice in a "risk-free" atmosphere. A mock interview in the Career and Internship Center serves to help you recognize areas in which you excel as well as areas of improvement that would enhance your interview style.
All appointments are videotaped. After a 10-15 minute interview, you and your mock interviewer will review the tape and discuss your performance. You will receive a suggestion form after your interview with notes on potential strategies for improvement. The entire appointment typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour.
It is a good idea to prepare for your mock interview in advance. Reading literature on interview techniques and reviewing potential questions will be helpful.
To schedule a mock interview
- Contact the Career and Internship Center Office identifying your career interest or position for which you are applying.
- Bring a résumé to the interview.
- Dress and groom as you will for the actual interview - we will provide feedback to assure you of the right look.
- If you would like to keep a videotape of your mock interview, bring a tape.
We look forward to working with you!