If you’re a college senior, if you haven’t already started looking for a full-time post-graduation job, get moving!

As you weave your way through the interview process, here are some questions you should ask the interviewer:

First of all, be sure you research as much as you can about your potential employer. This has become exceedingly easy to do via LinkedIn, the company’s own website, Google searches, etc.

During the interview, you’ll want to be sure to let the interviewer/hiring manager know you’ve done your research. This also should be easy to do as the hiring manager will no doubt ask you what you know about the company. If the interviewer doesn’t ask, you’ll undoubtedly find at least one opening as the interview progresses to let the interviewer know you’ve done your research.

As the interview proceeds, or near the end when the hiring manager asks if you have any questions, ask questions along these lines:

  1. Why is the position open? You want to know how the opening came up. Did the previous job holder leave for another company, or was he or she promoted? This can be valuable information to you because if the person was promoted, the job can be a stepping stone for you, too.
  2. Is the position a newly created position? If no one sat at the desk before, you’ll want to know why the company felt it important to create the position. Companies haven’t been doing a lot of job creation lately, so the fact that the company created a new position means it feels the position is critical to its success.
  3. What are the two most critical task/goals you want the person you hire to accomplish first/fastest? This question allows you to show how your skills/experience will help the hiring manager accomplish see those goals met quickly.
  4. What kind of people really thrive here? This question will help you see if you and this job will be a “good fit.” Most people who aren’t successful in a position don’t fail because they can’t do a job, but because they don’t fit in well with the company’s culture. A slow and steady person, for example, feels overwhelmed in a “go, go, go!” environment.
  5. If you have two great candidates who seem to fit perfectly with your needs, all else being equal, what will help you decide on one person over the other? This question lets you get to the heart of what the interviewer is looking for. You can then give concrete examples of how you fit that description of the “perfect” candidate.
  6. What is your next step? This question (almost always asked at the end of the interview), lets you know where the hiring manager is in the candidate selection process. You’ll find out if the hiring manager is still interviewing, if he or she is planning on calling top candidates for a final interview, and so on.

For more interview tips, contact a recruiter at Winston Resources. We can help you get that first post-college job at one of New York City’s top employers. Contact us today!

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