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Interview Questions


Questions for you to ask:

What do you look for in an employee?

Can you describe a typical day for this particular position and/or department?

Is there someone else I should meet with while I am here today?

How long have you been with the company?

Where will I be sitting/located?

Do you have any company literature?

What is the hiring process at this point?

How many others do you have to interview?

When do you want this position filled by?

When do you expect to make a decision by?

Could you tell me a little about the company and its future plans?

When do I start? (Ask only if you feel close to getting an offer.)

Questions to be ready for:

What type of job are you looking for?

Don’t be too specific.

What are your greatest strengths?

Be honest and positive, but not conceited Focus on relevant skills.

What are your greatest weaknesses?

Be honest, but be prepared to state your weaknesses in such a way that they may be considered skills in this new position.

Tell me about yourself

Focus on relevant skills, experience, etc. Don’t ramble.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

Have specific career goals relevant to this job. Employers appreciate employees with goals, but are not looking for someone who is going to be unhappy in the position or want to move along too quickly. Be

What do you do in your spare time?

They are looking for a well rounded personality.   Be honest – if hired you may have to prove it.

What did you like most about your previous job?

Again never say anything bad about previous employers – focus on the positive.

What do you think your employer’s obligations are to you?

Are you applying for other jobs?

Be honest. Don’t tell them this is the only job you are looking for unless it is absolutely true.

In what way did you approach your job search? Why are you using an agency?
Be honest, but stress goals and creativity.

How would you describe yourself?

Be honest and flattering, but not conceited. Focus on skills and talents that are relevant.

How would you describe your last employer?

What have you learned from your past mistakes?
Give relevant examples.

Why/How would your skills benefit this company?
Be specific, give examples.

What motivates you?

Unless it is a sales position, never say “money”

Personal questions:

Unless you feel they might hurt you, just answer them honestly.

Be honest.

Most of this information can and may be checked

Be positive.

Don’t sound canned, pause a moment if you are thinking. Don’t be afraid to say “I’ve never been asked that question before. May I think about it a minute?”



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