Twenty Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
- Tell me about
yourself. Answer in about 2-3 minutes, don't ramble too much. Touch on credentials/education, years of experience,
major accomplishments, personal summary of work style.
you bring a copy of your resume? Always take 2-3 copies and have them in your briefcase in case the interviewer asks
- What do you know about our organization? Research
the company BEFORE the interview, read their website, google it for current news, ect.
- Why are you leaving your current position?
your current/last position, what were your most significant accomplishments?
I called your current boss, what would he say are your greatest strengths? Have 2-3 ready with examples to back
- If I called your current boss, what would she say are your weaknesses?
Have 1-2 ready but make sure that you frame them in a POSITIVE way. Your weakness can be a strength.
- According to your definition of success, how successful have you been so far?
- How would you describe your personality?
- What did you
like least about your current position? Choose your words wisely if you have to answer this question and mention
positive aspects as well.
- What would your co-workers say about you?
- What are you looking for in a new position/new career/new company?
- How long would you stay with us?
- Why do you want to become a supervisor/manager?
- You have been with your employer for quite some time, why haven't you advanced with them?
- How would you describe an ideal working environment?
you think you are over-qualified for the position? If this applies to you, you will need to be able to convince
them that although you have a lot of experience, it is in both parties best interest to offer the position to you.
- Do you have any questions for me?
- What type of compensation
are you looking for? What benefits are most important to you?
- Why should I hire
Prepared to Discuss
- If you are in sales, be ready to explain how you increased sales and
ways that you have gone above the call of duty to keep customers satisfied.
- If you are an accountant, be ready to
discuss the changes that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has made in your experience; the volume of money or transactions you have
been responsible for; the continuing education you are receiving.
- If you are a retail manager, go into a
location and walk around before your interview to get a feel for the store. Be able to talk about training and motivating
the staff while reducing shrink.
Regardless of your
profession or experience level, it pays to think about your career expectations and to be ready to discuss them intelligently.
Research the company before your
interview; read about their history, and read any current, reliable information that you can find about them.
General Rules of a Great First
dress in business attire for your interview.
- Arrive about 10 minutes early. Never
be late for your interview. Be sure you know how long it will take to get to the company;
allow extra time for traffic delays; if you arrive too early, wait in your car until about 10-15 minutes before your
scheduled interview time.
- Arrived groomed - neat, clean hair and face. Facial hair
groomed, use perfume/cologne sparingly, make-up in a professional style. Make sure you have fresh breath, but don't
chew gum during the interview.
- Be polite to ALL employees you encounter.
- Make eye contact consistently.
- Turn your cell phone OFF before you go into an interview.
- Be sure to thank the interviewer for his/her time. Whenever possible, send a note thanking them for the interview
within 24 hours. (Send a professional email at a minimum.)
Please note that the questions listed above are in no way all-inclusive.
Every HR professional, manager and interviewer asks different things which will vary greatly depending on the type of position,
the company culture and your prior experience. These questions are designed to get you thinking about how to respond
honestly and fluidly in an interview. We want you to stand out in a crowd! GOOD LUCK!!