I am often asked by students to provide them some career advice. Most of these questions are very generic, indicating that they really have not dived much into their own research. My favorite (or perhaps, most irritating, really) is: “What career advice can you give me?”
Well. Advice number one: Don’t ask vague open ended questions like that to any potential employer. Be specific, be precise. Ask questions during the interview. Do some research about the company and / or the type of projects they have been involved in. One of the best questions a potential new hire asked me once was “What obstacles did the company have to overcome to grow from XXX to YYY employees over the past three years, and how can new employees contribute to that?” At a minimum, the question told me the recruit had actually read the company’s history; additionally, it clued me in to an element of ambition. The student was already thinking about the big picture in business.
It’s April. Spring has sprung. Good luck in your job hunting, padawans.