Interview Questions You Can Expect
Here are some questions often asked during an
interview. Think about your answers, and practice saying them until you can
answer them with confidence.
Tell me about yourself.
Avoid personal statements; this question refers to your work-related self. Keep
it simple; two simple statements are best. This is not the time to review your
resume and work history. That comes later.
How does your education equip
you for the job? No matter what schooling you have had, you have been
prepared in some way for this position. Be creative, but not far-fetched with
Why do you want to work for us?
If you did your homework and are familiar with the company, you should have at
least two reasons. Benefits, opportunities, and work environment are always good
What are your long and
short-term goals? Keep these goals in line with the company's
mission. If you want to be a medical technician and are applying for an
administrative assistant in the marketing department, make certain you keep the
goal related to the job. Employers seldom hire people whose goals do not
indicate they will be part of the long-term team.
Where do you see yourself in 5
years? Only one place. Working as a critical member of the ABC
Company. Keep your sights in line with the job. An interviewer doesn't want to
hear that anyone wants his/her job.
What are your greatest
strengths? Have two or three SHORT examples ready. Have specific
examples ready, but don't go into this detail unless you are asked to.
What are your weaknesses?
Most interviewers will ask this question and no one wants to know you have any!
Be ready for this question with a response like: "Can I tell you how I turned a
challenge into an opportunity?" or "My weaknesses have been learning
What things are most
important to you in a job?
This is as much about the company as it is about you. Tailor your
answer to the types of things that are directly related to the position for
which you are applying, as well as to the corporate culture.
Do you prefer working alone or
as part of a team? Respond with the voice of experience – from your last position. And as
the voice of knowledge – what the current position demands. There are very few
places today where you can take a position that demands no interaction.
What would you describe as your
greatest achievement to date?
Be brief. One or two sentences
can complete the picture. Try to keep it work related. Be ready to give an
example, only if this is requested.
What are your personal
Only mention things that can enhance your career like an organization
to which you belong. If going outside the work realm, use interests that display
a quest for knowledge.
Why did you leave your last
This answer must be carefully thought out. Be honest and stay positive.
Even if the situation at your last job was unbearable, make certain you do not
make your last employer look bad. Think about what motivates you, because a lack
of these motivators will typically tell you why you are really leaving your
What do you know about our
Do your homework. Research the company, its mission, products, size,
and environment. Get to the Internet. Know about the types of people they need
and how you can offer a positive contribution to the company.
What can you do for us that no
one else can?
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to be able to offer a positive
contribution. Your enthusiasm is always the best attribute to offer and no one
else can match that because it belongs to only you!
What do you find most attractive
about the job offered? List three things that excite and
motivate you. Be brief.
Why should we hire you? Because of your skills, knowledge and ability. Give an example of each.
How long do you plan to stay in
"As long as I am a contributing member to ABC Company." OR " I think
ABC has many opportunities and challenges to offer me." OR "As long as I
continue to grow in this position." No matter what, let a company know you are
with them for the long haul. This question relates to your long-term goals. Tie
the two together here.
It looks like you are
overqualified for this position.
Let the employer know that he/she should view your knowledge
as a great investment in the company. You come to the table with a skill set
that will be immediately productive. Let the employer know you are interested in
the company as well as in the job.
Why haven't you found a new
position before now? Let the employer know that you are being selective -- looking for the
best fit with the most challenge. Be selective with this answer and review it
with your CORESTAFFrecruiter.
How do you
Can you give an example? Have an example ready and remain
positive in the description of events. Make it in to a learning experience.
Everyone needs to be humble every now and then.
you think of your boss?
Even if you think your boss was a "zero," be positive. Everyone has at least one
redeeming quality. "My boss taught me perseverance." OR "My boss taught me how
other types of companies are you considering?
Talk about the industry, not about specific
asked your previous boss about your best qualities, what would he/she say?
Have three good answers (skills or abilities) ready.
you resolve conflict?
Talk about your communication skills, your
respect of your fellow workers, and everyone's right to privacy. Let the
interviewer know you are, above all, an ethical person. Know how the chain of
the toughest part of your job?
If you have a problem here, think about dividing
your day into four parts and identify one common task from each segment. Pick
the toughest or easiest one, depending upon your comfort level. Remember that
the toughest part of a job can sometimes be the most rewarding learning
you see your career going in the next five years?
Have three areas of interest ready to list. If you are applying for a Project
Manager position, tailor your answer to that specific job description. Relate
your answer to both the industry and the position.