Job interviews can be very nerve racking. Prepare yourself by researching your desired industry, company and position. If needed, put together a portfolio, preferably online. And, practice answering sample interview questions. Here is a short list of general interview questions that I’ve encountered.
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- Can you tell us what you know about our company?
- Why do you want this position?
- What is your educational background?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What positions and skills have prepared you for this position?
- What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?
- Do you work well in a team environment?
- How do you handle working with difficult people?
- Share a difficult situation you’ve experienced and how you overcame it.
- How have you made process improvements or saved the company money?
- Describe 2 situations where there was a problem in your department and you came up with a solution.
- What constructive criticism have you received from your co-workers?
- What has your boss asked you to improve on? What did you do?
- What are your career goals?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Tell me why you left your previous job.
- What blogs do you like to read?
- What is your passion?
A few questions to ask the interviewer:
- What is expected in the first year of the job?
- What accomplishments would you like to see?
- Office culture?
- Who do I report to?
Write out your answers to these sample job interview questions and practice your presentation in front of a mirror. Stay positive in your responses and sell yourself. Try to give clear, concise answers and avoid rambling. Assure the employer that you are a valuable fit, worth hiring. Good-Luck!