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By CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell
Watch the following video before reviewing my interview preparation questions. I made it a couple years ago but it’s still extremely relevant.
Interview Preparation Questions
Review the following questions. In as much objective detail as possible, create a unique response for each one.
Hint: Don’t oversell yourself – stick to the facts and tell the story.
Share insights gained and professional lessons learned when possible. Try to quantify your statements. (i.e. “As a result of our efforts, we increased sales by XX%.”)
- Tell me about your greatest accomplishment on the job.
- Tell me about a difficult situation you encountered at work and how you overcame it.
- Give me three adjectives you would use to describe yourself and examples of your work style to support them.
- Give me three adjectives you would use to describe your weaknesses/areas for improvement and the reasons why you feel you need to work on these.
- If I was to ask a co-worker about you, how would they describe you on-the-job?
- Tell me about a time where you were required to work with a difficult person (i.e. client, co-worker, manager, etc.). How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome?
- If you were given a task to complete in an unrealistic time frame, what would you do?
- If someone came to you with an enthusiastic, yet unrealistic request, how would you handle it?
- Why are you looking to leave your current position?
- What do you want to get out of your next job?
- Tell me about the best manager you ever had? Now tell me about the worst?
- What are the three most valuable things you’ve learned while working in your current position?
- What was the biggest mistake you’ve made on a job? How did you handle the failure?
- What do you feel makes you successful in your current role? Give an example to support your success.
- What do you think makes a company good to work for? What do you like about your current company? What could be better?
- Do you prefer working alone or in teams? Give examples of how you have worked successfully both alone and in a team? What do you attribute your success to?
- What are your own business philosophies – what do you feel must be present in a successful business?
- What skills are you looking to develop in your next job? Why?
Bonus: Questions to Ask
Take a moment to look at the questions below. Re-write them in your own words so you can ask them in interviews.
Hint: Never, ever ask about money or benefits in the initial interview. It’s important to focus questions on the interviewer, then the company, and finally on you.
Step 1: Connect With The Interviewer
- How did you join the company? What makes you stay?
- What has this company taught you?
Step 2: Learn About The Work Environment
- What makes the department I’d be working in successful?
- I’ve done my homework on the company, but I’d love to hear you describe the corporate culture here in your own words?
- What makes this a great place to work? And since no company is perfect, what could be improved upon?
- What traits do you feel a person needs to be successful at this company?
- Can you give me an example of a recent hire that has been successful?
- How does the company measure its success? What evaluation criterion do they use?
- What are the three greatest strengths of this company? What are the three greatest strengths of the department I’d be working in?
- What are the three biggest challenges the company faces this year? And for the department I’d be working for?
Step 3: Ask For Feedback
- If I could add/change anything about myself and my experience to make me a better fit for the position and the company, what would it be?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?