Tips for a Successful Interview

Company Research

Obtain as much information as you can about the company you are meeting. In addition to what your consultant may have provided to you. You can obtain this information from the internet or other industry literature.

Do you prefer working in small, medium or large companies?

Remember where you are when you answer. Be prepared to follow up with a reason.

Have you changed jobs frequently?

Work out in advance a good rationale for your moves. People do change jobs and if your reasons are sound, say so. try not to be defensive, and most importantly… avoid long stories and negatives.

How did your boss, co-workers and subordinates get along with you?

Have some examples of the kind of team member you are.

Know your background

Develop a short career profile, including dates, job titles and a few key responsibilities. You want to focus on your achievements and accomplishments, so use words such as: achieved, provided for, increased, evaluated; or leadership words such as managed, built, guided, etc.

You may want to write down on paper some of the examples of things that you have done, in order for you to remember them when you need to. If you have prepared examples in advance, when questions do arise about what you’ve actually done, you will not have to think as much in the interview, these answers will come to you quickly.

Know your strengths and weaknesses

You have prepared a list of your achievements and accomplishments, and now you need to be able to sum up where your greatest strengths lie. Just as important, you will need to know where your weaknesses are. It is very important that you put some thought to this area, for example. “I like to get things done quickly, and sometimes become impatient, but I’m learning to overcome this, and in my last project…”

Prepare business questions

Always have a list of business questions to ask the employer. It is very important that you focus on getting the answers to any concerns you may have, and answers that will assist you in making an informed decision as to whether or not this is the company you want to work for. Do not focus on questions that are monetary in value, such as benefit plans or vacation plans, focus on questions that will ensure your criteria in selecting an employer will be answered.

The issue of salary in the interview

Do not volunteer your salary expectations as it may over-price or under-price you, or completely rule you out for this opportunity. As your consultant, we will not represent you to a situation that clearly is out of your range of salary expectations.

What are your short, medium and long term goals?

Limit your goals to just the short and medium range. Be realistic. A good reply is oriented toward growth in one’s job through learning, experience and achievements.

What do you not like to do?

A loaded question; A positive reply might be, “I’m the kind of person who does whatever is necessary to get the job done. When I do run into something disagreeable, I like to tackle it first and get it behind me.”

What is your opinion of the last company you worked for?

Stay neutral or positive, no negatives. Try to focus on situations in which you learned and/or contributed something.

What kind of manager are you?

Have a few key examples tied to achievements that show your management capabilities. This is a leadership question. Know what it takes to be a quality leader. One important key to being a great manager is to be able to delegate while maintaining control. If you can show some achievements demonstrating this ability, you are top management material.

What motivates you?

Prepare a well thought out response to this question.

Why do you want to work for our company?

Your reply could be based on their reputation for product, management, international scope, technology, or as a nice place to work and grow. Know their products, policies and potential for you. Do not respond, “The recruiter sent me. I am not looking!”

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