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Tell me about yourself?
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Include: Strongest skills Education Work experience (something YOU did goal, solution) Greatest personality traits DON’T EXAGGERATE
Why did you select X college and your current major?
• College: Academics, people, character, tradition • Major: Skills developed, interests
What is your career at College best prepares you for this position?
• You want to mention things like:
•Mix of classes (technical) •Dorm life, clubs, extra-curricular activities
Why should we hire you instead of the 75 other people we are interviewing?
• List all of your relevant strengths • Don’t be afraid to brag a little • Point out things that set you apart from your peers
What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
• List skills and experience that set you apart • Relate past work experience to the job you are interviewing for
How would you evaluate your years at college?
They have been successful because I have learned to appreciate ______ and gained competence in ______.
What have been you most significant accomplishments in your life so far?
• Use this question to show off your strengths again • Also, convey the things that you value most in life
Describe a few situations in which you have been criticized?
• Show the interviewer that you can handle criticism well, perhaps you even appreciate a certain degree for growth • Don’t forget to tell
What are your greatest strengths? •
Show intellect (natural aptitude), knowledge, experience, personality traits, and motivation (where to you get your drive)
• State general strengths and then
What is your biggest weakness? How do you plan to correct that weakness?
• Mention 1 or 2 areas where you need to grow • Make sure they are fairly easily redeemable characteristics
What are your biggest failures?
• Give examples of times when you perhaps set goals that were too lofty and then were unable to achieve what you had planned
What are your biggest regrets?
• Tell about an opportunity that you passed up • Examples: •Going Abroad •Taking CAPP classes
Describe your short-term and long-term goals or objectives?
• Show desire for continuous learning and growth • Show ambition • Show interest in this industry and firm • Describe areas in which you would
What is your definition of success? Of failure?
Make sure you include both a personal and a professional perspective of these two
What work experience has been most valuable to you and why? an • Tell about
experience in which you created or managed (not just played a small part in) • Show how you grew from the experience 17
Give an example of a problem you solved and the process you used?
The star approach
• Go Step-by Step through the process •Situation •Task •Action •Result Do not forget to emphasize on the
Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how you dealt with it?
• Try to convey important traits in your answer • Examples: •You stayed calm and objective •You listened to the other person’s view •
What types of situations put you under pressure and how do you deal with the pressure?
• Choose situations that mirror those you may face in the workplace • Show that you have developed constructive ways in which to deal with the situations • Example: •Tell how you worked 20 through a time
Tell me about a situation when you had to persuade another person to your point of view?
• Tell about a group project, dorm event or a situation from a club you were in • Show how you supported your view with fact
Tell me about a leadership role of yours and why you committed time to it?
• Tell about a group or club you were in • Tell them why it was important to you and what you did to be successful in the role
How would your peers describe you?
Think of 3 or 4 descriptive words or phrases Use CREATIVE adjectives and provide examples of WHY they apply to you
What one or two accomplishments in the past few years have given you the most satisfaction?
• Mention things such as being elected as an officer of a club • Also talk about honors or awards you may have
Give an example of an obstacle you have had to overcome in the past couple years?
•Talk about an area that was a weakness for you that is relevant to the job that you are
Do you work more effectively alone or as part of a group?
• Make sure to mention examples of how you do both very well • You don’t want to commit to one or the other completely because
What is the biggest mistake you have made?
Mention things like choosing not to go abroad during college or deciding not to take advantage of some other opportunity that was available to
you had to make a decision, but didn’t have all the information you needed? how you first • Tell
tried to find the information on your own • Then explain how you made reasonable
Are you good at gathering data and computing the results or analyzing these results and drawing conclusions?
• Again, tell how you are effective in both tasks
• Focus more on your skills in analyzing results as this is the more
Tell me about someone you didn’t particularly get along with?
• Describe someone who embodies traits that are undesirable to the firm • Examples of these traits would be
Are you an organized person?
• Obviously you should answer yes, unless you want to cut the interview short • Be sure to give examples of how
Do you manage your time well?
Again, you’ll want to answer yes and give an example of a busy time when you were able to manage everything well
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
• Show that you are a communityminded, wellrounded person with an interesting personality
• Give a variety of
Is there anything else I should know about you?
• Yes, use this one to close the sale • Be sure to mention any relevant strengths or skills that haven’t come up thus far in the
What are you bad at?
• Name something that isn’t key to the position, but something that is not irrelevant to you life such as basket weaving
I'm looking at your experience and it troubles me. Can you explain to me why you have no pertinent work experience?
Mention group projects, dorm council, sports teams, etc
Why are you interested in our organization?
• Leader in the industry • New Products • Plans for expansion
About the company
What do you know about our company?
• LOTS!!! • Be sure you know as much as possible!
What characteristics do you think are important for this position? • Analytical,
communication, writing skills • Be sure to mention how you possess them!
How long would you expect to stay with company?
Say a minimum of 2 years, No company would take you for less than that or probably say as long as you grow with the company
What aspect of the job I have described appeals to you least?
Think of something that is of secondary importance and why it doesn’t appeal to you
Are you willing to travel?
• Say yes regardless - you can negotiate it once you have an offer
What aspect of this job would be hardest for you to adjust to if you were hired?
• Don’t mention anything too major
What kind of position do you believe you are interviewing for?
• One in which I can apply my X, Y and Z skills • Don’t be too specific or too general
Describe a time when you were in a management position?
• Think of Something! • Group project, activity or process
Describe a time when you added value to an existing work process?
Eliminated busywork (computer) Eliminated unnecessary steps Put in checkbalance system to
Where do you find yourself in 5 years time?
Tell him you are a growth oriented person and your willingness to grow with the company
Questions to ask
About the interview process?
What are the next steps in the interview process How long would it take for a decision on the appointment Should you follow up with them, if so to
About the training?
Find out whether you will be put on a training program by the company or its affiliates If so, for what period etc
About the job?
Ask him about the exact role you have to play in the job Examples: • The skills you have to employ • The group you have to work with etc
Any other information?
Find out whether they would require any other information about you, your skills, education, experience etc
Questions not to ask?
Do not ask any questions about the salary, perks or remunerations. Compensation. Working hours, recreation, vacations or holidays.
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