Tip Tuesday: Questions for the Interviewer

Let’s be honest, preparing for an interview can be downright stressful. In the days leading up to it, you are making sure your suit fits well, researching the company, and pouring over various practice questions. When you’re practicing those questions, it can be easy to forget that you, as the candidate, should also have some good questions up your sleeves for the interviewer!

After a successful interview, don’t let those words “So what questions do you have for us?” make you nervous about your opportunity to turn the tables and inquire about the position, company, employees, etc.

With Spider Recruiting in full swing, these great questions that YOU can ask during the interview might come in handy:

  1. How would you describe the culture of the office/department?
    This will help you to gather information that you might not be able to gain from the organization’s website.
  2. What are the next steps in this process?
    If they haven’t already shared this information, it’s important to ask about their timeline so you’re aware of when you could be notified of a second interview, or a potential offer.
  3. What are the common attributes of your top performers?
    Understand what skills and traits would make you the most successful at the organization. If it’s a great fit, and you get the offer, you’ll already know what it takes to be a top employee!
  4. What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60-90 days?
    For an internship you may want to modify to “the first few weeks”
    Great candidates hit the ground running, find out how you will be expected to jump in and start contributing to the organization from day one.
  5. What do employees do in spare time?
    Learn about the interests and hobbies of the staff and if they socialize outside of the office to help you in determining your personal fit.

So as you prepare for your interviews, don’t forget to prepare some questions of your own and take advantage of this time to learn more about the job opportunity. Think about what’s important to you in a position/office and craft questions that will lead you to learning about that information. Don’t forget to also check out our interviewing resources to also brush up on how to dress, researching employers, and post-interview tips—good luck in your searches Spiders!

Need additional assistance with interviewing? Career Services is hosting an Interview Workshop tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1, 4:30-5:30 pm. Get more details and RSVP via SpiderConnect, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to strengthen your interviewing skills!

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