Answering an interviewers' questions:
- Listen carefully. Ask for clarification if you are unsure about a question.
- Answer honestly and concisely - don't ramble.
- Always stress the positives and your successes, stay away from the negatives.
- In a face-to-face interview, maintain eye contact and be aware of your body language and posture.
- A phone interview is still a formal interview. Make sure you are in a quiet location, free from distractions (dogs, kids, doorbells, beverages, etc), and be prepared to focus on the conversation the same way you would if you were face to face with the interviewer.
- Think about what you want to emphasize in your response to a question before you begin to speak.
Questions you should ask the interviewer:
- What qualifications are you looking for?
- What are the company's strengths and weaknesses?
- What is your leadership/management style?
- What will be the greatest challenge in the position?
- What made people who previously had this position either succeed or fail?
- What would I be expected to accomplish in this position in the next year, three years?
- What are some examples of what others have achieved in this position?
- Why would someone internally not want to take this job?
- How would you prioritize the responsibilities of this position?
- Could you quantify and describe the travel associated with this position?
Common Interview Questions:
- What motivates you?
- How do you measure success?
- Can you tell me about yourself?
- Tell me about your short range and long range goals?
- What was your greatest achievement and greatest disappointment?
- What are some of your weaknesses?
- What constructive criticism have you received from employers and what have you done about it?
- Is there anything else that you would like me to know about you?
- Why are you looking for another position?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our company?
- What do you think that you can contribute to our company?
- What are some of the problems that you faced in previous positions and how did you solve them?
- Why should we hire you?
- What did you like the most and the least about your current position?
- Could you describe a manager that you worked for that you admired the most and one that you admired the least and why you felt that way about both?
- What do you think that you will gain from this position that you did not gain from your most recent job?
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