Interviews From A - Z: Do Your Research

Part of your interview preparation should also include researching the organization you are interviewing with. Visit the organization's website (if they have one) and learn as much as you can about its products, services, employees, mission, etc. If they don't have a website, ask the organization for a copy of its annual report, or any general information or marketing materials. (Students/Alumni can also check for company information in the Career Services resource room). Reviewing this information will help you demonstrate your knowledge of the organization during the interview. It will also help you to formulate some questions to ask during your interview process.

What To Ask Employers

Depending on the job (and the interviewer), an interview can typically take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Most interviewers try to save you at least 5-10 minutes to ask questions of them. Be sure you come prepared with a short list of questions to get answered. If you don't ask questions, you may be viewed as not having done your homework or as not really being interested in the job. You want to come up with questions that are important to you, but you may want to ask questions such as:

  • How does this position fit into the overall structure of the organization?
  • What type of training would I receive in this role?
  • What is a typical career track for someone in this job?
  • How would you describe the culture of this organization?

For a list of more questions to ask, click here.

Stay away from asking questions about salary. Only discuss your salary expectations if the interviewer brings it up first. A Human Resources person should be able to give you a packet of information regarding employee benefits (this may not be offered to you during a first interview).

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