Questions You Should Ask at the End of an Interview

13 05 2014

Aly’ssa Peterson is a student in Barb Benish’s Internship class and had an internship at Integrated Marketing and Communications Department in Dempsey as a Website Specialist where her primary job was to write content for the web. She developed new content or revised old content on websites and acted as project manager, which required her to meet with clients, discuss what they wanted on their websites and execute the sites those clients’ desires. Aside from writing, Aly’ssa made wireframes for the websites and followed up with the design and IT teams to make sure the website was looking good and working properly. She also took photos for the University’s Instagram account.

Aly’ssa also worked as a Social Media Organizer at the Center for Suicide Awareness based out of Kaukauna. She used to tweet facts about suicide, inspirational quotes and photos. She eventually veered from that and is now writing content for blast emails and designing posters for future events to bring awareness to the Center.
As a part of the Internship class, students are required to write a newsletter and here is one of the stories Aly’ssa prepared for the project.

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Questions You Should Ask at the End of an Interview by Aly’ssa Peterson

Employers are almost always going to ask you if you have any questions at the end of an interview. Believe it or not, how you answer that question is still part of the interview.

It’s important to ask questions at the end of an interview because it shows you were listening during the interview, and it show you care about the position with the employer.

What are some questions you should ask? This is completely up to you because it varies depending on the position and employer. The questions you ask say a lot about you. They also give the interviewer an idea of who you are and if you will fit in with the company. Plus, now it’s your turn to make the interviewer think.

Stumped on which questions to ask? Don’t worry. Here are some examples of questions you could ask at the end of an interview that will engage interaction between you and the interviewer.

As an employee, how can I exceed your expectations?

This question shows you want this position. You want to do everything possible to excel in your position, and you will go over and beyond to work hard and achieve the company’s goal for the position. This question also makes the interviewer think, and any time you can make an interviewer think to answer a question, it usually shows you asked the right question.

What are you short- and long-term goals for this position?

This question shows your interest in the position you are applying for and how you, as an employee, can make a difference. This question also gives the interviewer a chance to explain, in detail, exactly what they are looking for when filling this position and how this position can aid with the growth of the company. This question is a win-win for both you and the interviewer.

Do you see any particular reason(s) why I wouldn’t be qualified for the job?

This is a forward question, but go ahead and ask. This question will give you an idea of how you did during your interview. You will get a better understanding from the interviewer if you are able to fulfill the position with the expectations that he or she has for this position. Plus, you will get a better idea if the interviewer likes you or not.

What do you like most about working here?

This question gives the interviewer a chance to talk about him or herself, and shows that you want to know more about the person you’ve been interacting with for the past 40 minutes. Asking this question also gives you insight into what goes on inside the company and what the environment and atmosphere is like in the workplace.

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