Interviewing Tips


Below are questions that you should be prepared to answer. These are the basic questions that interviewers usually ask so be ready. You should also practice your answers in the mirror or recording your answers on a web cam would be even better. Yes, you may feel silly but it is great practice!

Questions:

1. Example of being confronted with a personal or profession crisis and how you handled it
2. Example of time that you took a leadership role
3. What you can bring to organization
4. What your long term and short term goals are or where you see yourself in 5, 10 and 20 years
5. What inspires you
6. How your past experience will help you in this job

Tips:

  • Find out who is interviewing you and research them
  • Arrive early and wait if you have to
  • Greeting: Make eye contact give a firm handshake
  • Be confident but not arrogant
  • After pleasant exchanges ask to take notes (and take notes)
  • Remember this is a 2 way interview, you need to decide if you want to work there
  • Do not fidget, be comfortable
  • Limit “Ums” and “Likes” – verbal pauses. It is ok to think about what you say before you say it (this is where the video practice will be helpful)
  • Bring 5-10 questions about the job
    Examples:
    -What is the management style
    -Why you WOULD NOT want to work there
    -What are the team or organizations weaknesses and strengths

At the end:

  • Ask the interviewer about the next steps in the process
  • Tell them you want the job and tell them why hiring you benefit the company
  • Ask if if there is any reason why you wouldn’t make it to the next round of interviews
  • Send a thank you email after the interview recapping that you want the job and why hiring you would benefit the company

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