Professional Job Interview Tips

If your resume and cover letter are successful you will be invited to a face-to-face interview with one or more representatives of the organization with which you applied.  The purpose of an interview is to figure out not only if you are a good fit for the organization, but also to see if the organization is a good fit for you.  If both parties aren't satisfied with each other it can result in an unsatisfactory work environment. Take the time to research the company.  If the company has a Website, read every page.  That way you'll be ready with knowledgeable answers for the job interview questions that specifically relate to the company you are interviewing with.

Take the time to review the "standard" interview questions you will most likely be asked below.

Interview Questions About Work History

  • Name of company, position title and description, dates of employment.

  • What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met? 

  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation? 

  • What were your responsibilities?

  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? 

  • What did you like or dislike about your previous job? 

  • Which was most / least rewarding? 

  • What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position? 

  • Questions about your supervisors and co-workers. 

  • What was it like working for your supervisor? 

  • What do you expect from a supervisor?

  • Who was your best boss and who was the worst? 

  • Why are you leaving your job? 

  • What have you been doing since your last job? 

  • Why were you fired?

Job Interview Questions About the New Position and the Company

  • What interests you about this job?

  • Why do you want this job?

  • What applicable attributes / experience do you have? 

  • Are you overqualified for this job? 

  • What can you do for this company? 

  • Why should we hire you? 

  • Why are you the best person for the job? 

  • What do you know about this company?

  • Why do you want to work here?

  • What challenges are you looking for in a position? 

  • What can you contribute to this company? 

  • Are you willing to travel? 

  • What is good customer service?

  • Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Job Interview Questions About You

  • What is your greatest weakness?

  • Describe a typical work week. 

  • Do you take work home with you? 

  • How many hours do you normally work

  • How would you describe the pace at which you work? 

  • How do you handle stress and pressure? 

  • What motivates you? 

  • What are your salary expectations? 

  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?

  • What are you passionate about?

  • What are your pet peeves?

  • What do people most often criticize about you?

  • When was the last time you were angry? What happened? 

  • If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

  • If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say? 

  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?

  • Give some examples of teamwork. 

  • What type of work environment do you prefer?

  • How do you evaluate success? 

  • If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it? 

  • Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it. 

  • Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it. 

  • More job interview questions about your abilities. 

  • More job interview questions about you.


Interview Questions About The Future

  • What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?

  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years? 

  • How do you plan to achieve those goals? 

  • What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term? 

  • Questions about your career goals.

  • What will you do if you don't get this position?

What To Wear To A Job Interview

We cannot tell you to wear a suit or not wear a suit, or when jeans are acceptable.  A good general rule of thumb is this: Look at what the other employees wear to work and dress up one level from them.  If they wear t-shirts, then you should wear a polo, or a dress shirt.  If they wear suits, then you should wear the best suit-shirt-tie combo you have.  If they wear a uniform a safe bet is to always go with a dress shirt or polo shirt tucked in.

How To Act At A Job Interview

The best advice we can give you is to be yourself, and be honest.  People are hiring you for you.  They do not want to high some manufactured person and then have you come to work and act totally different than you did in the interview.




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