Q & A
you'll be asked
Interviews are always stressful - even for job
seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. Take the time
to review the "standard" interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also take time to research the company so
you'll be ready with knowledgeable answers.
Interview Questions ~
- Name of company, position
title and description, date of employment
- What were your expectations
for the job and to what extent where they met?
- What were your starting
and final levels of compensation?
- What were your responsibilities?
- What major challenges
and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
- Which was most/least
- What was the biggest
accomplishment/failure in this position?
- What was it like working
for your supervisor? What were his strengths and shortcomings?
- Why are you leaving?
- Describe a typical work
- How many hours do you
- How would you describe
the pace at which you work?
- How do you handle stress
- What motivates you?
- What do you find are
the most difficult decisions to make?
- If the people who know
you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
- Do you prefer to work
independently or on a team?
- Give some examples of
- What type of work environment
do you prefer?
- Describe a difficult
work situation/project and how you overcame it.
- How do you evaluate success?
The New Job and Company
- What interests you about
- What applicable attributes/experience
do you have?
- Why are you the best
person for the job?
- What do you know about
- Why do you want to work
for this organization?
- What challenges are you
looking for in a position?
- What can you contribute
to this company?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Is there anything I haven't
told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
- What are you looking
for in your next job? What is important to you?
- What are your goals for
the next five years/ten years?
- How do you plan to achieve
- What are your salary
requirements - both short-term and long-term?
In addition to being ready to answer these standard
questions, prepare for behavior based interviewing. This is based on the premise that a candidates past performance
is the best predictor of future performance. You will you need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences. The best way to prepare is to think of examples
where you have successfully used the skills you've acquired.
Take the time to compile a list of responses to
both types of questions and to itemize your skills, values and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Emphasize
what you can do to benefit the company rather than just what you are interested in.
Expect to have your references checked prior to getting an offer. Plan ahead and compile a list of references and some letters
of recommendations now, so you're prepared when the employer requests them.
last question you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" Have questions of your own ready to ask. You aren't
simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are
a good fit for you