Interview Tips

Even if you don’t have much, if any, work experience, it’s still important to be prepared to answer (and ask) questions during your student job interview. Be prepared to relate your education, interest, extracurricular activities, and experience to the job for which you are applying.

Questions Employers Might Ask

  • How will you balance work with your class/lab schedule?
  • Is your computer experience limited to Apple?
  • How proficient are you with Microsoft Office Suite?
  • Can you edit photos for web publications?
  • How does this position relate to your field of study?
  • Are you willing to work on game days?
  • What did you like most/least about your last job or volunteering position?
  • Have you ever taken on a leadership role? This can be in a sport or extracurricular activity (college or high school).

Questions You Might Ask

  • Is training provided and by whom?
  • What are the anticipated start and end dates of this job?
  • Can you please describe the time and attendance policy? Is there any flexibility during exam periods?
  • If the jobs requires work study (FWS): What happens if my work-study award is exhausted? Can I continue working and being paid in a non-work study capacity?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Will this position continue next semester, next year, etc.?
  • Will there be the opportunity to work during the summer and intersession – if you so choose?
  • When will you be making a decision?

More Tips

  • If the job description is vague, be sure to ask the employer about the specific job duties.
  • If not published or discussed, ask about the rate of pay. Note that student jobs must pay at least Maryland minimum wage.
  • Never schedule work hours that you know will conflict with your class schedule. Be clear about what hours you are available.
  • Once hired, be sure to ask when you can expect your first pay check.