As the hiring manager, the interview is used to get to know potential candidates. As an interviewee, the interview is an opportunity for them to get to know the company. Both parties are trying to ascertain if it’s a good working match. When an interviewee asks you about the company’s view on employees getting graduate degrees, they are trying to understand the company’s values. This gives you a great insight into their values as well because chances are they are thinking about continuing their education. When they ask this question they want to know if there will be tuition reimbursement and what the company’s values are.
Points to Emphasize
Answer this question in a straightforward manner that emphasizes certain facts.
- Talk about the company’s views on continued education, whether formal or informal.
- Discuss any tuition reimbursement that is available to employees.
- Talk about any scholarships that the company offers, or that are offered for employees.
- Also, discuss what degrees are covered under scholarships or tuition reimbursement.
Give the job candidate all of the information available on this topic to help give them a clear picture of the company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
When you answer this question, try to avoid these pitfalls.
- Do not answer in a negative way, even if the answer is no.
- Try not to badmouth the company, management or anyone associated with the company.
- Be careful not to give an answer that is too vague because that may make you seem evasive.
- Don’t alienate the interviewee with your answer.
Remember you are trying to entice these candidates, so you want to keep your answer positive.
Here is an example of what a great yes and no answer might look like:
Our company encourages continued education. If you decide to pursue a graduate degree, there are a lot of financial opportunities. Depending on the field of study, there are tuition reimbursement programs, scholarships and the company may pay up to 75% of the tuition.
Our company does encourage continued education, but we do not help pay for any tuition. We will offer flexible schedules, and we offer education opportunities in house, but those do not lead to a degree. There are scholarships that our employees are eligible for, but there are only five available a year. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree and you get hired here, make sure to talk to HR because they will be able to help you apply for scholarships and set up your schedule.
Keep your answer positive no matter what your answer is.