By: Larry Fish, President
One of the most stressful parts of searching for a new career opportunity is trying to figure out what the interviewer is going to ask. In addition to researching the prospective employer, the best candidates always prepare for the interview as if their life depends on it.
The following are sample interview questions that encompass most of the key aspects an interviewer might touch on.
- Describe a typical day at your current or last job?
- What type of tasks take up most of your time?
- What is the most important part of your job?
- What aspects of your present or past jobs did you enjoy the most?
- When you have questions or problems with your work, where do you go for assistance?
- What have you learned from your past job(s) that you can apply here?
- What aspects of your work are most difficult?
- How has your education prepared you for your position?
- What were your major courses of study in high school (Junior College, College, Graduate School, etc.)?
- What courses or professional training/certifications have you taken/achieved since graduating?
- How do you keep informed of current issues and innovations in your field?
- What plans, if any, do you have for furthering your education?
- What advice would you give a student interested in a career in your field?
- Tell me about an assignment that really challenged you?
- What do you consider your most important accomplishment in your present or last position?
- What would your manager say about your performance, attendance, and ability to work with others?
- What are you looking for in your next job? How does it fit in with your personal goals?
- What interests you about this position?
- What was the last job related success (or failure) you have had? What did you learn from it?
- Describe the perfect job both in terms of job content and company environment?
- What are the areas where you feel you need improvement?
- Where do you see that you could make an immediate contribution to this organization?
- What challenges do you see in this job that you have not faced before?
- What is your definition of success?
- Describe the most significant work decision you have made?
- What process do you follow when making a decision?
- How do you evaluate the decisions you make?
- Can you give me an example of a recent decision you made without consulting your manager?
- Give me an example of a circumstance in which you felt it was better not to make a decision?
- What kind of latitude do you have for making decisions in your current or last job?
- Where do you go for assistance or information to help you make decisions? When is this appropriate?
Planning and Organizing:
- What are some characteristics of a “priority” project for you? Describe your last priority project?
- What techniques do you use to plan and organize your day?
- Tell me about a time where you had to complete a project in a short time frame; what did you do?
- Describe a project you managed (or worked on) from start to finish?
- When your scheduling is offset by unforeseen circumstances, describe how you handle them?
- Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Share an example of this from your past job?
- Describe your understanding of the responsibilities for this job?
- What else should I know about you or your qualifications?
- What else would you like to know about this job?
- Describe in three adjectives the greatest strengths you would bring to this job.
- If you were offered this position, how soon could we expect your reply?
- What information will you consider in evaluating our company and position?
- Are you still interested in the job?
- Is there anything else you would like to tell me?
We hope these questions help you prepare for the interview. Got any other “best practice” interview questions? Let GreenSearch® know via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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