INTERVIEWING YOUR INTERVIEWER
Whether you’re looking for a full-time job, internship, or directed fieldwork, interviews are a key step in the application process. What many students overlook is that interviews are two-way. While the organization is using the meeting to judge your unique set of skills, experience, and personality, it’s also a chance to see how well they fit you.
Most interviews will end with the employer asking if you have any questions of them. This is your chance to ask well-researched and thoughtful questions that might influence your decision (and help ensure you don’t jump into a job you end up dreading). Below are some tips on succeeding in this role reversal.
DRAFT 3-5 QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU GO
Coming up with questions in advance will not only demonstrate your preparedness, it’ll also give you time to develop ones that actually provide pertinent info. Think about what aspects of the job might impact your decision to accept or decline an offer and jot down questions accordingly.
- Do you prefer a hands-off managerial philosophy, or something more structured?
- What expectations do you have for professional development and continued learning on the job?
- How is the team living out your core values of diversity, inclusion, or innovation?
You don’t want to pose these as demands but do try to get a sense of whether or not the company can meet your needs.
PAY ATTENTION TO INTRODUCTIONS (AND ADJUST QUESTIONS ACCORDINGLY)
Once you get beyond the initial screening, you’ll likely be interviewed by multiple people in subsequent rounds. Most of these will start with each interviewer briefly mentioning their name and title. Pay special attention to these introductions, writing them down if necessary.
- If one of the interviewers is in a leadership role, you’ll know to aim questions about organizational philosophy and major initiatives toward them.
- Questions about day-to-day life or favorite aspects of the job should be directed at the person whose position most closely matches the one for which you’re applying.
- Recruiters often conduct first-round phone interviews and can typically answer broader questions about the company, hiring process, and team or role for which you’re being considered.
Strategically targeting your questions will not only provide you with more insightful answers, it will show the interviewers that you’re observant and have a general understanding of organizational structure.
COVER TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU
This is your only opportunity to find out information that isn’t listed on the company’s website or Glassdoor profile. Find out as much as possible — about organizational values, opportunities for advancement, specific duties, how team members work together, etc. — so you can make a well-informed decision if an offer is presented.
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
(Missed a workshop? You can review our recorded sessions online.)
- 2/22: Tech Careers for Non-technical Backgrounds (with AIMS); 3:30 – 5:00pm, HUB 214
- 2/25: Academic Librarianship Panel; 5:30 – 6:30pm, MGH 224 + online
- 2/28: PACCAR iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
UW Career & Internship Center
- 2/20: KPMG UW Out of Market Social; 5:30 – 7:00pm, Tavern 12
- 2/21: Career Launch Workshop; 1:30 – 2:30pm, MGH 134
- 2/25: Exploring Strengths Workshop; 1:30 – 2:30pm, MGH 134
- 2/25: Deloitte’s Remaining Authentic Workshop; 6:00 – 7:30pm, HUB 332
- 2/26: Gaining Experience Employers Want Workshop (Online); 2:30 – 3:00pm, online
- 2/20: PwC – Technology, Media, and Telecom Industry (hosted by UWCA); 5:30 – 6:30pm, DEM 024
- 2/23: World IA Day Seattle; Amazon Oscar Building
- Summer 2019: West Monroe Partners: Journey – Sophomore Leadership Program; dates TBD, Seattle
POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Full Stack Software Developer Internships, Hoylu; iCareers IDs 8516 & 18
- UI/UX Designer Internships, Hoylu; iCareers IDs 8519 & 20
- SharePoint Intern, City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management; iCareers ID 8498
- SQL Server Database Intern, PACCAR; iCareers ID 8492
- Templeton Library Intern 2019-20, UW Libraries; iCareers ID 8524
- Youth Services Summer Reading Program Intern, Beaverton City Library; iCareers ID 8476
- Full Stack Software Developer, Hoylu; iCareers ID 8515
- UI/UX Designer, Hoylu; iCareers ID 8517
- Security Engineer, ExtraHop Networks; Handshake ID 2452903
- Software Engineer, Cloud, ExtraHop Networks; Handshake ID 2452875
- Youth Services Librarian, Kitsap Regional Library; iCareers ID 8478
- Digital Collections & Scholarship Librarian; Santa Clara University; iCareers ID 8484
- Corporate Researcher, Echo Services; iCareers ID 8491