Review the questions below that you may be asked during an interview.
- Why do you want this job?
- What are your career goals, both short and long-term?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Why did you choose this career?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What does success mean to you?
- What achievements have given you the most satisfaction, and why?
- Why should I hire you?
- How can you contribute to this company?
- Do you work well under pressure?
- Will you relocate?
- Legal and Illegal Interview Questions
- Can you give me an example of a time when you worked on a project requiring team work?
- We have all had to work with someone who is very difficult to get along with.
- Tell me about a time you have had a conflict with a coworker and how you resolved it?
- How would a coworker describe you?
- What is the worst communication problem you have experienced? What did you do about it?
- How do you handle one-on-one meetings with your supervisor?
- (If applying for supervisory position) How would you characterize your communications with your manager, peers and subordinates?
- In your experience as a customer, please give me two situations of good and bad service, and why you would or would not recommend them to a friend?
- Tell me about your education and training as they relate to the position under consideration.
- What experience do you have with computers? What software are you familiar with?
- (If in college) Why did you choose your major?
- Is there an area you would like to improve?
- What did you like best about your job? Like least?
- What provides the most satisfaction and challenge to you?
- All jobs have their frustrations and problems. Describe some examples of specific job conditions, tasks or assignments that have been dissatisfying to you.
- Give an example of a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
- Can you provide me with an example of a time when you were really motivated at work? What created the motivation?
Planning and Organizing
- What did you do in your last job in order to be effective with your planning and organizing? Please be specific.
- What was your most difficult decision in the last six months and what made it difficult? Was your decision successful? Is so, why was it successful?
- Can you tell me of an experience where you have had the opportunity to use leadership skills and give specifics.
Organizational Awareness and Sensitivity
- How do you plan to keep up with changes in your technical area?
- How did you keep informed about what was going on in other areas of the organization?
Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Describe a time on any job which you have held, in which you were faced with problems or stresses which tested your coping skills. What did you do?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What hours/days, if hired, would you be able to work?
Ability to Deal with Difficult Customers
- Tell me about a time that you had to handle an angry customer. What happened, and how did you handle it?
- What do you feel is the best way to handle an irate customer?
- Let's pretend I am your customer, and I am dissatisfied with one of your products. I have returned to your store and have every intention of returning the product. How would you help me?
Interest in Position
- How did you hear about this company and the position?
- What interests you about this position?
- Why do you feel you would be the best candidate for the job?
Questions You May Want to Ask
- What do you look for in a new employee?
- How and how often are employees evaluated and promoted?
- Is your company planning any future growth?
- Is there a training program with this position?
- I am interested in taking courses at the JVS or Clark State. Will the company pay for these?
- What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this position?
- What are the opportunities for advancement?
- To whom would I report?
- What are your expectations of the person filling this position? Is this a new position?
- Please tell me about the company mission, goals and expansion or relocation plans.
Interview Question Don'ts
- Don't ask about hours.
- Don't ask questions about salary and fringe benefits.
- Don't ask questions suggesting that you are willing to do only a minimum amount of work.
- Don't ask questions relating to working overtime or on weekends.
- Don't ask questions regarding number of sick or vacation days.
- Don't ask questions relating to length of the lunch hour or scheduled breaks.
- Don't ask questions that imply that you will be watching the clock.