As an undergraduate student and college graduate, students tackle the, sometimes lengthy but critical, job hunt process. Getting your career off the ground and seeking a low interest rate on their student loans, which requires proof of employment, go hand in hand. We’re going to dive into how you can kick off your career to attain long term goals, such as a low interest rate on student loans, by taking a look job interview questions.
During an interview, asking questions is oftentimes just as important as answering them. 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. Also, 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. This can provide you with insight regarding the satisfaction level of employees at a company.
3. What learning or training opportunities are offered?
When you snag a job, you want to be able to challenge yourself and learn new skills. In order to continue building an arsenal of skills, you need to know if the company offers any type of training or learning opportunities for growth. This will help you determine what type of long-term potential this company offers.
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. However, it is important to understand what specific 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. Ultimately, getting a job as an undergraduate and recent grad will not only kickstart your career life, but may open the door to other areas of growth. Take your next steps and check out this blog highlighting tips for your first salary negotiation.