Here’s the deal, every interviewer that you encounter will have their own interviewing style and questions that are likely different than ones you have encountered before. This makes it tough to tackle every possible question or to ever feel FULLY prepared. That said, it’s important to prepare as best as possible for a variety of questions. Role-playing with someone can help you to refine your responses. Hearing yourself out loud will help you hone your answers and keep them concise. Maintain a positive tone, think before you speak (but don’t think for too long), and BE YOURSELF.
While there are thousands of questions you could be asked, most tend to be variations of this short list of 25:
- Why are you interested in working for our organization?
- Why do you feel your background would qualify you for this position?
- Describe your professional strengths.
- Describe your personal strengths and your weaknesses
- Please describe your primary accomplishments on your last job.
- Do you prefer working in a group or independently?
- What do you know about our company?
- What do you know about our top competitors?
- Do you have supervisory experience? Please explain in detail.
- Who are your role models and why?
- Explain the organizational structure in your last company and where did you fit in.
- Describe your management style (if applicable).
- How would you go about establishing yourself with your employees and co-workers if we hire you?
- How much pressure was there in your last job? How did you handle it?
- Have you ever been terminated? Why?
- How well do you get along with your current boss?
- Describe a person who has helped you with your career.
- What type of environment do you find most appealing?
- Are you a good communicator? Please give an example.
- What would your present boss say about you if I asked him or her?
- Do you have any plans to advance your education?
- What are your impressions of our facilities since you arrived?
- What are three or four of the most important requirements of your next job?
- What were the most challenging aspects of your last job?
- How have you benefited from your past disappointments?
Spend some time getting comfortable with these questions and your answers and you’ll likely be prepared for other similar questions that are thrown your way.