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Job Shadow Questions

Expectations of Student-Athletes

  • Attend Job Sharing Social for important information regarding the program
  • Meet and job share with employers at least twice to obtain a general understanding of the company and the job requirements
  • Dress appropriately; be punctual and respectful of the employer: Remember you are representing the University of Memphis!
  • Gain an understanding of what professionals in the field do on the job
  • Observe what skills you will need to develop to be successful in the field
  • Understand how the department you meet with works with other departments within the company
  • Ask employer what makes a good employee
  • ASK QUESTIONS! Have a list of questions ready to ask employers
  • Follow up with a thank-you letter
  • Keep in contact with employer for future networking possibilities
  • Provide feedback about the job sharing experience through an online survey at this link: <-- Link not working right now

 Things to Remember:

  1. Ask employer appropriate way to dress
  2. Exchange contact information
  3. Plan a date and time to shadow
  4. Get Directions!!
  5. Ask employer how long it takes to get to their place of work
  6. Bring a pen and notepad with you to take down notes and/or additional contact info
  7. Follow up with employer – a thank you email or hand written note
  8. Take online survey

 Example Questions

Make fewer statements; ask more questions.

Open-ended questions require more than a yes or no response and show that you are interested in the other person. These types of questions help to build and maintain rapport. 

  1. How did you get involved in…?
  2. Does your job require special certification, degree or licensure? What exactly is required? 
  3. What advice would you give someone just starting in this business/profession/major? 
  4. What do you love/enjoy most about what your business/profession/major?  
  5. What separates your business/company/organization from the competition? 
  6. How would you describe the future of your job? 
  7. How many hours are in a typical work week? 
  8. What was the strangest or funniest incident you’ve experienced in your business/at your school/in your organization?
  9. What significant changes have you seen take place in your profession/area of expertise/school/major through the years?
  10. What do you see as the coming trends in your profession/area of expertise?

 The Million-Dollar Question:

What would make someone the ideal employee (or intern) for your company or organization?




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