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Plan your Interview Questions Before the Job Interview

ask interview questions“Should I ask questions in the job interview?” is probably one of the most asked questions by college students when they do mock interviews. The answer is – “YES” definitely YES!

Whether applying for internships, co-ops, entry level career opportunities or campus jobs, college students are expected to ask questions in the job interview.  Recruiters and employers not only expect the questions, but will be more impressed if you plan your interview questions ahead of time.

1. Asking questions in the job interview will show your interest in the opportunity and the organization.

2. Some questions you ask in the job interview will also show the interviewer that you did your research and know something about the company.

2. Questions qive you the chance to show off some of your ideas as well and make connections with the recruiter and the company.

3. Recruiters will see this as positive behavior which they hope you will replicate on the job.

It is a good idea to think about the questions you want to ask and write these questions down before you get to the job interview. If you have questions written down before the job interview, do not be afraid to open your notes and read your questions.

Here are some sample questions for college students can ask in a job interview?

1. What non-routine tasks are involved with this job?
2. When would like me to start working?
3. What is the next step in the hiring process?
4. When can I expect to be contacted about next steps?
5. What do you like most about working here?
6. May I see the work area?
7. What is the schedule for training?
8. How many people are in the department and will I work on project teams?
9. What are the priorities for the xxxx department?
10. What is the first project that will need my attention?
11. How may I contact you if I have more questions or is there someone else I should speak with?

Most college students have a lot of energy and like to share their opinions. The job interview is not the time to be shy – Speak up!

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