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Interviewing Tips and Questions

Use these helpful tips to prepare for your next interview!

Dress Appropriately
Before the interview, select your outfit. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best suit and check it over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don't want to look like you slept in your clothes. Above all, dress for confidence.
 
Be on Time
Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like traffic, parking, and even getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. Don’t forget to be polite to everyone you meet from start to finish!
 
Do Your Research
Researching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company's needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself. You also should find out about the company's culture to gain insight into your potential happiness on the job.
 
Be Prepared
Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.
 
Show Enthusiasm
A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak clearly, and in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky.
 
Listen
One of the most neglected interviewing skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said.
 
Answer the Question Asked
Candidates often don't think about whether they are actually answering the questions asked by their interviewers. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure. Be sure not to ramble – stick to the point.
 
Give Specific Examples
One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Practice these before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance.
 
Ask Questions
Many interviewees don't ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. Your questions indicate your interest in the company or job.
 
Follow Up
Whether it's through email or regular mail, the follow-up is one more chance to remind the interviewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. You don't want to miss this last chance to market yourself.
 
 

Basic Interview Questions:

Tell me about yourself.

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Why do you want this job?

Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?

Why should we hire you?

What did you like least about your last job?

When were you most satisfied in your work?

What do you know about our company?

Are you willing to relocate? 

Do you have any questions for me?

 

Behavioral Interview Questions:

What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?

Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.

Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?

Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?

What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?

Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.

Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

 

More About You:

How would you describe your work style?

Give examples of ideas you've had or implemented.

How do you keep yourself organized?  

Tell me about your proudest achievement. 

Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?

Who has impacted you most in your career and how?

What will you miss about your present/last job? 

What is your greatest achievement outside of work? 

What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader? 

Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?    

What books are you currently reading for leisure and professional development?

What's the best movie you've seen in the last year? 

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Who are your heroes?

What do you like to do for fun?

What do you do in your spare time?