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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?

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.

DO

  • 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.

DON'T

  1. Bring others to the interview.
  2. Interrupt the interviewer.
  3. Ask questions about salary and benefits.
  4. Criticize former employers, co-workers, applicants, organizations.
  5. 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!

Résumés

Often the resume is the first piece of information that an employer sees about you.  It is of utmost importance to make your resume professional and communicate your intended message. We can help you demystify the process!

Please review our comprehensive pdfResume Handout for resume information. Seeking personalized help with your résumé? Schedule an appointment with the Career and Internship Center.

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!

Mentor an Albion Student

Do you want to help an Albion student?

As Albion College alumni, you know the quality of the educational experience at Albion and its students. You also know that the people working in careers have an expertise that can go beyond what is available at the College. If you are interested in assisting current Albion students, we are interested in adding you to our network of mentors.

Process Overview

The Albion College mentoring program uses the strengths of the LinkedIn network, Albion alumni, and supporters. The Albion Mentoring LinkedIn Group is a subgroup of the Albion College official LinkedIn group. You will need to be granted permission to be a part of the Mentoring group and will be expected to adhere to strong ethical standards to participate.

Mentoring Topics

Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume.  Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.

Getting Matched with a Mentee

The matching process will materialize in one of a few ways: the public arena of the Linkedin group or through a student reaching out to a specific mentor that is a member of the group.  Public postings allow the Career and Internship Center, Alumni, and Parent Leadership offices to monitor and facilitate matches.

pdfMentoring Program Handout for Mentors

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Career and Internship Center.

We hope you consider giving back to Albion College students. The role of mentoring is very important to the success of our graduates!

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