On-Site/Second Round Interviews
The office visit is usually the final stage of the interview process. A job offer for a full-time position is rarely made without a second interview, which is typically held onsite, but can also be on-campus. The purpose of this interview is for the employer and the student to become better acquainted with one another. Make sure that your cell phone is turned off the entire time you are with the employer – including events on the evening prior to the interview.
As with the first round interview, preparation is key to success at this stage of the interview process. Students need to collect more in-depth information about the organization and be prepared to answer more specific questions about their abilities as it relates to the position.
When an invitation is extended for an office visit, the company will typically cover travel expenses and may assist with travel arrangements – however, do not assume that this is the case. If you are uncertain about your travel arrangements, be sure to clarify with the employer prior to leaving for your interview.
The Evening Prior to the Interview
If you are meeting with a representative from the company the night prior to your interview, remember that this is part of the interview process. Dress professionally and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner at all times. Be sure that you know the time and location of the meeting and arrive a few minutes early. Everything that you say and do will factor in to the employer’s final decision as to whether or not they extend an offer.
The following are additional suggestions of questions to ask your interviewer at the office visit.
Questions to Ask the HR Representative
- What is the typical career path for this position?
- Do employees have the opportunity to express their ideas?
- Does this job require a great deal of travel?
- How often are performance reviews conducted?
Questions to Ask Your Prospective Supervisor
- What would be my primary responsibilities?
- What are some of the department’s special projects?
- How much contact would I have with middle managers?
- How much interaction would I have with superiors, colleagues, and clients?
Questions to Ask a Prospective Co-Worker
- Can you describe a typical workday?
- What do you like best/least about working for this company?
- Do you feel free to express your ideas and concerns?
- Do you have the opportunity to work independently?