SLB3013

Handout

EMPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION 50 Practice Interview Questions
Drill with these 50 questions and you'll be prepped to answer whatever an interviewer throws your way. Remember, this is only a starting point. Use these guidelines to tell an employer what's special about you. The Difficult Questions and Suggested Responses: • • • • • • • • 10 General Questions 8 Experience and Management Questions 1 Industry Trends Question 4 Questions If You Are Leaving a Job 12 Questions Quantifying Your Experience, Accomplishments 8 Questions on Your Work Habits and Style 3 Salary Questions 4 Personality Questions

10 General Questions:
• Tell me about yourself. * Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble. * Use a ''positioning statement'' as a base to start. Your positioning statement is the boiled-down story of your resume -- general goals, skills and background. • What do you know about our company? * Know products, size, income, reputation, image, goals, problems, management talent, management style, people, skills, history and philosophy. * Project an informed interest. Ask several open-ended questions about the company's course and the department's goals so the interviewer can tell you about the company. Let her define the business in her terms. • Why do you want to work for us? * Don't talk about what you want; first talk about their needs. * You wish to be part of a company project. * You would like to solve a company problem. * You can make a definite contribution to specific company goals: identify its management talent, increase sales in the Northeast region, and so on. • What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't? * Relate past successes in solving previous employer problems, which may be similar to those of the prospective employer. • What about our position do you find the most attractive? Least attractive? * List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor. • Why should we hire you? * Because of knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Tell what these are. • What do you look for in a job? * An opportunity to use skills, perform and be recognized.

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ivillage.com %2Fwork%2Fjob%2Fget%2Farticles%2F0%2C10109%2C196965_192749%2C00.html

1

SLB3013

Handout

Please give me your definition of a ... (the job for which you are being interviewed). * Keep it brief and action- and results-oriented  How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm? * Very quickly after a little orientation and a brief period of adjustment on the learning curve.  How long would you stay with us? * As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing and so on.

8 Experience and Management Questions:
 You may be overqualified or too experienced for the position we have to offer. * Strong companies need strong people. * Experienced executives are at a premium today. * Emphasize your interest in a long-term association. * The employer will get a faster return on investment because you have more experience than required. * A growing, energetic company is rarely unable to use its people talents. What is your management style? * If you've never thought about this, it's high time you did. Open door is best, but you get the job done on time or inform your management. Are you a good manager? Give an example. Why do you feel you have top managerial potential? * Keep your answer achievement- and task-oriented and emphasize management skills--planning, organizing, controlling, interpersonal and so on. What did you look for when you hired people? * Skills, initiative, adaptability. Have you ever fired anyone? If so, what were the reasons and how did you handle it? * You have had experience with this and it worked out well since it wasn't a good fit, or you've focused on having a great team that works well together so have never been presented with this problem. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager? * Getting things planned and done on time within the budget. What do your subordinates think of you? * Be honest and positive; they can check your responses easily. What is your biggest weakness as a manager? * Be honest and end on a positive note: "I have a problem reprimanding people so I always begin with something positive first."

 

  

1 Industry Trends Question:
 What important trends do you see in our industry? * Keep your answer to two or three trends.

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ivillage.com %2Fwork%2Fjob%2Fget%2Farticles%2F0%2C10109%2C196965_192749%2C00.html

2

SLB3013 4 Questions If You Are Leaving a Job:
Why are you leaving your present job? * Refine your answer based on your comfort level and honesty. * Give a "group" answer if possible; for instance, "Our department was consolidated or eliminated."  How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits? * Concerned but not panicked.  Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment. * Where people are treated as fairly as possible.  How would you evaluate your present firm? * An excellent company that afforded me many fine experiences. 

Handout

12 Questions Quantifying Your Experience & Accomplishments:
       Have you helped increase sales? Profits? How? * Describe in some detail. Have you helped reduce costs? How? * Same as above. How much money did you ever account for? * Be specific. How many people did you supervise on your last job? * Be specific. Do you like working with figures more than words? * Be honest but positive. In your present or last job, what features did you like the most? Least? * Same as above In your present or last job, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments? * You could refer to the key accomplishments already identified on resume. Why haven't you found a new position before now? * Finding a job is easy but finding the right job is more difficult. You are being "selective." Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If yes, what do you think held you there? * Challenge, but it's gone now. What do you think of your boss? * Be as positive as you can. Describe a situation in which your work was criticized? * Pick an example that emphasizes how you grew from the experience. What other types of jobs or companies are you considering? * Keep your answer related to this company's field.

  

8 Questions on Your Work Habits and Style:
 If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? * Emphasize skills -- don't be overly negative about your weaknesses; it's always

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ivillage.com %2Fwork%2Fjob%2Fget%2Farticles%2F0%2C10109%2C196965_192749%2C00.html

3

SLB3013

Handout

   

 

safe to identify a lack of a skill or experience as a shortcoming rather than a personal characteristic. Can you work under pressures and deadlines? * Yes. Quite simply, it is a way of life in business. How have you changed the nature of your job? * Improved it, of course. Do you prefer staff or line work? Why? * It depends on the job and its challenges. In your present position, what problems have you identified that had previously been overlooked? * Keep it brief and don't brag -- that is, stick to the facts. Don't you feel you might be better off in a different size company? Different type company? * Depends on the job -- elaborate slightly. How do you resolve conflict on a project team? * First discuss issues privately. What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make? * Attempt to relate your response to the prospective employment situation.

3 Salary Questions:
How much are you looking for? * Answer with a question: ''What is the salary range for similar jobs in your company?'' * If they don't answer, then give a range of what you understand you are worth in the marketplace.  How much do you expect, if we offer this position to you? * Be careful; the market value of the job may be the key answer-- ''My understanding is that a job like the one you're describing may be in the range of $______.''  What kind of salary are you worth? * Have a specific figure in mind, but don't necessarily volunteer it. To negotiate with savvy, read our salary negotiation tips. 

4 Personality Questions:
What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended? * Talk about books, sports or films to represent balance in you life.  How would you describe your own personality? * Balanced.  What are your strong points? * Present at least three and relate them to the interviewing company and job opening.  What are your weak points? * Don't say you have none. * Try not to cite personal characteristics as weaknesses, but be ready to have one if interviewer presses. * Turn a negative into a positive answer: "I am sometimes intent on completing an assignment and get too deeply involved when we are late." 

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ivillage.com %2Fwork%2Fjob%2Fget%2Farticles%2F0%2C10109%2C196965_192749%2C00.html

4

Master your semester with Scribd & The New York Times

Special offer for students: Only $4.99/month.

Master your semester with Scribd & The New York Times

Cancel anytime.