Questions to ask at the Career & Internship Expo

Career-Seekers

·       What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
·       What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?
·       Are graduate degrees important to advancing within your organization? Which degrees? 
·       Which courses or experiences do you suggest to be a successful candidate?
·       What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization? 
·       Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year? 
·       How long does the hiring process take? What does it consist of? 
·       What percent of applicants are eventually hired? What is the retention rate?
·       What can a typical employee (for the position I am seeking) hired in your division expect to be doing 2, 5, or 10 years after hiring?
·       What is your organization’s culture like?
·       For how many years does the typical employee stay with the company? 
·       Are there opportunities for ongoing training through your organization? 
·       Do you expect your employees to relocate? How much travel is involved?
·       What made you choose this company and why do you stay? 
·       How long have you been with the company? 
·       What’s the one thing that most surprised you about this company?
·       May I contact you with further questions? Do you have a business card?

Internship-Seekers

·       What are some key qualities you see in the most successful interns?
·       How long have you been offering internships?
·       Could you tell me more about the company’s services? How do you contribute to your community?
·       Could you tell me more about the company’s mission and how it guides and motivates your work?
·       How did you begin your career at company ________?
·       How would you describe the company culture?
·       How often do you hire interns for full-time jobs?
·       Is there a formal training program for interns? What can I expect in my first day or week on the job?
·       How will you evaluate my performance?
·       How have you managed interns in the past?
·       Who will I be working with?
·       How much interaction will I have with other employees?
·       What kinds of projects will I work on as an intern?
·       What are the biggest challenges for this position?
·       What resources should students take advantage of and focus on in the duration of their internship?
·       What are the next steps in the application process?
·       May I contact you with other questions? Do you have a business card?

DO NOT ASK:

·       How much will I get paid? (Save this question for after they've made you an offer)

REMEMBER!

·       Dress in business attire
·       Hand out copies of your resume
·       Shake hands & introduce yourself
·       Smile!