Questions to Ask an Employer

The following questions are appropriate for entry level or experiential learning candidates (internship, practicum or co-op). You should prepare to ask three to four questions.

Consider these examples:

  • Describe the type of work I would be doing or the types of projects I will be working on.
  • What makes this organization unique?
  • What are the short-term and long-term objectives of the organization?
  • How is the training or orientation program for new employees structured?
  • What characteristics would the ideal job candidate have for this position?
  • Can you tell me about the people/positions I would be reporting to?
  • What do you see as the most challenging aspects of the position?
  • When and how will job evaluations take place?
  • When can I expect to hear from you about my candidacy?
  • What have other [co-ops, interns, new employees] done at the company in the past?
  • How many [co-ops, interns] are typically employed by the company at one time?
  • What percentage of your [co-ops, interns] are hired after graduation?
  • What are the areas of anticipated growth for the company?
  • What is the structure of the company and how does this department fit in?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement?
  • What is your (the interviewer's) position in the company? (Ask for a business card)
  • Does the company assist with relocation [if necessary]?
  • What is the next step in this search?
  • When can I expect to hear from you about my candidacy?
  • What skills or attributes are you seeking in a candidate that I have not addressed?

If you do not hear from the company within a few days of the time frame you were told, do not hesitate to call or email your contact. You don't want to contact them too often and become a pest, but inquiring about your status never hurts.

Be sure to review our correspondence tips and phone etiquette advice for more information about next steps.