After graduating from college, the first action taken by most recent grads is to begin the job hunt process. Not only are they ready to get their career off the ground, but they may also be seeking a low interest rate on their student loans, which will require proof of employment. There is no question that the entire job interview process can be overwhelming and in many cases, those attempting to get a job are so caught up in how to answer the interview questions they are asked that they forget to ask any of their own.
Asking questions during an interview is oftentimes as important as answering questions. Here are some questions that anyone looking for job, including recent grads, should consider asking during an interview.
1. What type of experiences and skills are you looking for in a candidate?
The answer to this question tells you exactly what your interviewer is looking for. If they happen to mention something that you did not cover, this will give you the chance to address it.
2. What is the best part about working for the company?
As a recent graduate, you’re likely getting an entry-level job while having to handle federal or private student loan debt. While you have the option to consolidate student loans, having the money to pay them, from a job you like, is even better. And if your boss likes their job, chances are, this will trickle down to you. So, during the interview, don’t forget to ask the interviewer what they like about the company and their current position within. This can provide you with insight regarding the satisfaction level of employees at the company where you’re seeking work.
3. What learning or training opportunities are offered?
When you snag a job, you want to be challenged and receive recognition for a job well-done. In order to continue succeeding at the job (if you are hired) you need to know if the company offers any type of training or learning opportunities. This will help you determine what type of potential there is to grow with this company.
4. How do they evaluate an employee’s performance?
Each company will handle the employee evaluation process differently. They may use a formal or informal review process, each of which can be effective, but it is important to understand what process they use so you will know what to expect.
5. Why is the position open?
While this question is quite straightforward, it may let you know if the person resigned, was fired, or promoted. It will also help you see your potential in the position for future growth or any red flags about the company, such as a high turnover rate.
6. What is the next step after the interview?
This is the last question you should ask at any interview, and one that will let you know what will happen next. It will also let the interviewer know that you are interested in this position.
While the interview process can be a bit overwhelming for newly graduated students, especially if they have student loans looming above their head, it is something that everyone has to go through if they want to get a job. By being prepared and asking your own questions, this can help give you an advantage over others interviewing for the position and if you’re lucky enough to get multiple offers, this process will help you choose the best opportunity for you.