Asking targeted and intelligent questions in an interview demonstrates that you have done your homework and research and are motivated to do well if you land the job. Here are some sample questions recruiters like to hear from students.
1. What do you do in a typical work day? In a typical work week?
Ask this question in your interview with a hiring manager. It shows that you are enthusiastic about the company and want to know about life on the job.
2. Why did you choose to work for this company?
This question gives the recruiter or hiring manager the chance to 'sell' the company and gives you an idea of why someone else picked this firm.
3. If I am hired, where do you see me best suited, which area or division?
If you have learned about the company, its products and departments from their website, be sure to incorporate that information. Again, this question demonstrates your research preparation and interest.
4. What is the natural career progression or path for employees with my skills?
This question shows that you are thinking about the future and would be interested in staying with the company, progressing within.
5. Does your organization have a coaching or mentoring program?
Through your answer, you indicate your desire tocontinue to learn and grow.
6. What kind of internal and external training do you provide?
Your question demonstrates a desire and willingness to stay current in the marketplace develop professionally.
7. How would you describe your company's culture?
This question offers an opportunity for you and the recruiter to evaluate if you and the company are suited for each other.
8. Does your organization use strategic planning? How often? Who participates? Does the firm have a strategic plan in place?
This question shows that you have considered how organizations work and understand the value of strategic direction.
9. What is your company's policy on sustainable development? (Defined as maintaining a delicate balance between the human need to improve lifestyles and feeling of well-being and preserving natural resources and ecosystems, on which we and future generations depend.)
This query helps determine your interest in thecompany and itslong rangeapproach.
10. What is the compensation range for this position?(always ask using a range)
Be sure this is not the only question you ask the interviewer. Pose it within other questions about the company. If the salary range is posted and known, it is best not to ask at all. This is best reserved until a secondary interview or until the interviewer raises the topic of salary.