"Hi I am John Smith and I am a senior psychology major at Salisbury University. I did an extensive amount of research on you and your employer on the Mentor Network in SU’s eRecruiting database. As a result of that research I know you would be a great alumni/mentor contact for me because I truly want to work for an organization just like Hudson Health Services. I was hoping we could meet or setup a phone conference so you could get to know me. Also, I hope I can convince you to refer me to the appropriate people in your organization that are responsible for hiring. Is it possible to meet at a date that is convenient for you? I understand how busy you are and really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me.
Questions You Can Ask!
I am fascinated by the field of psychology and would like to know how most people get into the field.
How did you become interested in the field of psychology?
What do you think is the best educational preparation for a career in psychology?
Which part of the job is the most challenging for you?
Do you think there is enough growth in your area to advise someone like me to get into your career area?
In your experiences, what are the dangers or frustrations?
Of all the individuals you have met in your work, what personal attributes do you think are essential to succeed?
How often are there cut backs in your area? How does that effect the moral of the employees?
Where could I write to get printed materials about your firm or agency?
Which professional journals and organizations should I know about in psychology?
I would like to view your area and career with my own eyes. Can that be arranged?
What are the qualifications are required in your career area?
As far as you know, what agencies hire and train recent college graduates?
What skills are required for your position?
After listing my experience, is it applicable to getting into your career area?
What experiences have you had that you think have been invaluable to learning your profession?
Which classes would you recommend I take related to your area?
How did you get your job?
From your perspective, what are the problems in working for the non-profit sector?
Would you describe your typical work day?
What motivates you to stay in your profession?
What would my earning potential be?
How often do you work past 6:00 pm and on the week-ends?
What is the reason most people give when they leave your profession?
What would you say are the lifestyle considerations of psychology as a profession?
Regarding promotions, how quickly have most people in your area been promoted?
What experiences do most recent hirees have in common?
If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself. Why? What would you change?
Considering what you know about my skill, education and experience what other fields or jobs would you suggest I find our more about?
From your personal point of view, what qualities do you look for in a new hiree or managerial person?
Who are the most important people in your profession today? What are the busy times of the year for you?
Would I qualify for any positions in your agency at this time?
What are the skills you are looking for?
What do you see as the real product of your profession? Who are you serving?
How does your company or agency compare with others?
What are you looking for on a resume?
What training opportunities do you think I should expect in an entry level position?
Do you foresee developments in your area that will affect future opportunities?
Have you noticed that it is necessary to change companies in order to advance?
Is there a trend of overabundance of people entering your career area?
Where do you see the opportunities for self-employment in the psychology area?
Are there other job titles that I should be looking at that are comparable in your area?
What kind of entry level salary should I expect in your area?
Where can I be with your company three-five years from now and what kind of salary range?
What types of positions has your company recently hired?
"Hi I am John Smith and I am a senior psychology major here at Salisbury University. I did an extensive amount of research on your organization and I am really excited about the possibility of a career with xxxxxx. I noticed in my research that you have career opportunities for Recreational Counselors and that is a career area I have always been interested in. Could you please tell me more about this opportunity and also what would be the best way for me to apply for such an outstanding position?"
Job Fair Questions!
As with any situation where you find yourself with a potential employer, job-seekers must be prepared to ask insightful questions of recruiters at job and career fairs.
There are four categories of questions you can ask recruiters at career and job fairs. Each category of questions has a specific strategy. Which questions should you ask? It depends on the recruiter, on your interest and knowledge of the company, and how much time you have with the recruiter.
Strategic Comeback Questions
These questions are designed to give job-seekers the chance to respond to the recruiter's answer with a positive spin on how you perfectly fit (and ideally exceed) what the company is looking for in an employee.
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 ones?
Which courses or experiences do you suggest to be a successful candidate?
Strategic Planning Questions
These questions are designed to give the job-seeker more information and knowledge about the hiring process for each particular employer.
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?
Key Company Information
These questions are designed to provide you with critical inside information you need to know when making a decision about the attractiveness of each potential employer. Remember, a job fair is a two-way street and you should be evaluating these companies as much as they are evaluating you.
Are there specific career tracks within the organization? In other words, 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 their opportunities for ongoing training through your organization?
Do you expect your employees to relocate? How much travel is involved?
Some experts advise not asking the recruiter personal questions relating to his or her job, but especially if the recruiter is an alum of your university -- or you have some other personal connection -- these questions are fine. Even if there is no connection, these questions can be asked -- and their answers can provide you with some critical insights.
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?
Sample Student Questions to Ask Career/Job Fair Representatives
For Graduating Students
What kinds of positions will your organization have open to students graduating this year?
Are there any special qualifications required for these positions besides a degree?
How should I apply for a position within your organization?
What types of people do well within your organization?
What are typical career paths for college graduates starting in an entry-level position in " " field?
What types of skills are the most important to your organization?
Mention any related experience that you have and inquire about how this would affect your opportunities within the organization.
How frequently do you require employees to relocate and/or travel?
Do you encourage/require employees to get an advanced degree?
How do I obtain additional information about your organization? Do you have a web site?