Be prepared for questions like these
When going on an interview you should be prepared to answer these types of questions. If need be, practice beforehand with a friend.
- Why are you leaving your present job?
- What are your short term and long term goals? When and why did you establish these goals? How are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years?
- How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
- Which is more important to you: money or type of job?
- What kind of salary are you worth? Why?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strength(s)? Your greatest weakness(es)?
- How do you think a friend, teacher or former employer would describe you?
- What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
- Why should I hire you?
- How do you evaluate or determine success?
- In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
- How long will it take for you to make a contribution?
- What qualities should a successful manager possess?
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
- If you were hiring somebody for this position, what qualities would you look for?
- In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
- How have you helped increase profits?
- How have you helped to decrease costs?
- How long would you stay with our firm?
The Tough Questions
1. What salary are you looking for?
“Well I am currently at $ _____, but my main concern is opportunity.”
Don’t volunteer an exact number. If pressed, give them a range: “somewhere between x and y depending on the total package – bonuses, benefits, etc.”
2. Why are you leaving your present position?
“I enjoy my work, _____ is a great company, but this is my current situation _____ and when I heard about the opportunity here I wanted to pursue it.”
Always be positive, but give a valid reason for leaving.
3. What is your weakness?
“I am always looking to improve my skills.”
Put it in terms of positive growth. My answer is always: “I tend to take on too much work. I get it done but I should sleep a little more.”
Source: The Endicott Report; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.