Interview Preparation

Before you go on an interview, you need to learn as much about the client as you can.  Visit the Company’s website and research the interviewer’s names on LinkedIn.  Also know about the Company’s industry, products, services, and current news items.   Understand the job requirements by going over the job details again.  Lastly, know the details of your resume like the back of your hand.  Anything on your resume is fair game for the interviewer to ask you about.  

Your goal during an interview is to sell your skills to the prospective employer and to interview them as well.   Aside from the technical aspect of the position which you need to prepare for, there are many other questions that the client will ask to assess your “fit” within the Company.  It’ is worth researching these questions and rehearsing your answers. Here a several questions that you should be prepared to answer. 

  • Tell me about yourself. (Ask - Where do you want me to start?) 
  • Why do you want to leave your present position? 
  • What do you do best in your present position? 
  • What are your career goals? Long-term/Short-term? 
  • Why are you interested in this position? 
  • What are you looking for in a job? 
  • What are your greatest strengths as a person? 
  • What are your greatest weaknesses or areas you want to improve? 
  • How would your boss or coworkers describe you? 
  • How do you: a) Set priorities? b) Organize your time? c) Solve problems? 
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why should I hire you?
If you are interviewing for a management position, here are some questions you want to be prepared to answer.  They are:
  • How do you go about developing the people you manage? 
  • How do you use your authority to get what you want done?
  • Describe your approach to making decisions and solving problems. 
  • How do you assess priorities?
  • How do you delegate responsibility for an assignment and what do you do to monitor it?
  • How often do you think it is necessary to meet with your employees?
  • How often do you measure or evaluate your employees?
  • How would you describe yourself as a manager?  How do you think others would describe you? 
  • Tell me about a difficult decision you had to make in your position, including what the problem was and how you ultimately handled it.

You should also be prepared with a handful of questions to ask the people that are interviewing you.  Some sample questions to ask are:

  • What are the short and long range Company objectives? 
  • In what areas does this Company excel? 
  • How can I contribute to the department and contribute to overall Company goals? 
  • What is the organizational structure of: a) this department? b) the Company? 
  • How long was the last person in this position? What attributes made this person successful? Are there additional skills needed for this position now? 
  • What would you expect me to achieve during my first six months to a year on the job? 
  • What obstacles do you foresee that I would have to overcome? 
  • Why do you enjoy working here? 
  • What are the long term goals/appropriate for the person in this slot?
  • Who are the key people I will interface with and how can I help them? What attracted you to this company?