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Possible Questions Asked During an Interview

Posted by | April 7, 2013 | Interview Tips for Graduates

Interview Tips – Essentials

jobbannerYour resume got you in the door, but the interview will make or break your candidacy. The interview is your chance to prove to the employer that you have what it takes, will fit in, and are the best candidate for the job. This requires careful preparation

Interview Prep

Researching the organization is critical to your interview success, and is the single most important step you can take to separate yourself from all the other candidates in line for the job

Recruiters can tell- pretty fast- if you haven’t done your homework and will take it as a sign that you aren’t interested in the position and lack initiative

While the job description can help you draw connections between you and the job, you must do deeper research to learn about the organization. At a minimum, you need to know the company’s products and services; how many people work for the organization; where it is located; and if it has plans to expand.

TIP: Arrive 15 Minutes Early

Get to your interview 15 minutes early. This give you time to relax; gain composure and if you are a lady, check your hair, make up and so forth. Get your “game face on” – and about 10 minutes ahead of time, walk in to the office

(Reminder: The interview begins when you pull into the parking lot…so be careful about your behavior while in your car.)

–          Janet M. Dickson

Director of Career Services, Lourdes University

Sample Question 101

Many questions will give you a chance to connect your qualifications to the job and demonstrate your interest in and enthusiasm for the job and organization. Use these opportunities to show why you are the best fit!

Other questions however may be negative – What’s your biggest weakness? Tell me about your worst boss. What didn’t you like about your internship? And so forth. Negative these with positive responses

  Tell me about yourself

This is a standard question, designed to break the ice. Don’t tell the interviewer your life story. Keep your response related to the job. Don’t ramble. Be specific. Take about two minutes to deliver your response

  What’s your greatest strength/weakness?

Relate your greatest strength to the job. As for your weakness, answer honestly, but positively. Explain how you’ve become more focused, organized, or assertive after working to correct your weakness

Tell me about a time you had to handle a difficult situation/person

You have been asked about a negative, but need to offer a positive answer. Don’t bash a supervisor, professor, co-worker, or teammate in your response, and don’t complain. In framing your response, recognize that the recruiter is looking for how you are able to achieve results despite obstacles, insight into how you work with others, and evidence that you can solve – not add to – problem

  Where do you see yourself in three years?

In your own words, tell the interviewer that you hope to be with the company in a role that allows you to make the greater contribution, based on your qualifications and the skills you’ve gained in your time with the organization

   Why do you want to work here?

Be positive and enthusiastic. Show the employer that you have done your research and know something about the organization

Frame your response around what you can bring to the organization. State how what you have learned about the organization through your research relates to your qualifications and career goals

Many employers favor “behavior-based” interviewing, which is based on the idea that past behavior is an indication of how a candidate will reach in a similar situations in the future. Questions that ask you to “tell me about a time,” “describe a situation,” or “give me an example” are behavior-based.

The interviewer is look for your thought process, decision-making abilities, and emotional state in addition to the results of your actions. You will be expected to give detailed responses that are based on actual circumstances. The basic formula is 1) describe an overview of the situation, 2) describe the actions you took, and 3) explain the results

Time to Shine

It’s interview time: Even before you shake hands or open your mouth, your potential employer is assessing you – the way you are dressed, your demeanor, whether you have arrived on time (or are late), how you interact with others

Be punctual. Dress appropriately. Be courteous to those around you

When you meet the interviewer, look him or her in the eye. Offer a firm handshake. Introduce yourself confidently. Be energetic and enthusiastic.