What to expect from the interviewer
Here are some job interview questions you can expect. Think about your answers and practice saying them until you can answer them with confidence.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This question refers to your work-related self, so avoid personal statements. Keep it simple; two simple statements are best. This is not the time to review your resume and work history. That comes later.
2. Why should we hire you?
Let them know it is because of your skills, knowledge and ability. Be ready to give an example of each.
3. 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 your response.
4. 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. Company reputation and corporate culture are always good answers.
5. What are your long & short-term goals?
Keep these goals in line with the company's mission. Make certain you keep the goal related to the job. Employers seldom hire people whose goals do not indicate they will be part of their team long-term.
6. What are your greatest strengths?
Have two or three SHORT, specific examples ready but don't go into great detail unless you are asked to.
7. 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 experiences."
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. What do you know about our company?
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.
11. 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!
12. 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 immediately be productive. Let the employer know you are interested in the company, as well as in the job.
13. How do 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 command works.