Commonly Asked Interview Questions & Answers Practice answering these questions using the STAR technique. Sample answers are provided to use only as a guide--Try to answer the questions using your own skills and experience. What can you tell me about yourself? Give a brief history of prior employment, education, and professional involvement that relate to the job you’re applying for. Point out specific personal qualities that make you a good candidate for the position. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate for this position? This question gives you the opportunity to prove why you are the ideal candidate. Relate your skills and experience to those that the job requires. Point out any skills or qualities you have that will make you stand out from the other candidates. Show that you are motivated to perform the job, that you have the desire to do the job well and that you have a positive attitude about work in general. Describe your strengths and weaknesses You don’t want to be too reveling about your weaknesses so focus on your greatest strengths and give specific examples of how these strengths have made you successful in your past employment. When pointing out your weaknesses illustrate how you are overcoming them or improving in those areas. Where do you see yourself in five years? Be sure to know the companies organizational chart before the interview so you know the type of positions you can be promoted to. Your answer should be that you hope to continue in the same position you are applying for or that you hope to be promoted to the next level. How would others describe you? Be positive about yourself. Talk about your contributions to previous work environments. Describe a situation that came about, how you solved it, and why this would cause others to view you in a positive light. Additional Interview Questions • Why do you want to work for this company? • What two or three things are most important to you in a job? • What factors did you consider in choosing your career path? • How do you solve conflicts? • Give an example of a problem you have solved and the process you used. • What has been your greatest challenge? • Describe your leadership style. • What idea have you developed and implemented that was particularly creative or innovative? • How do you motivate people? • Tell me about a difficult decision you have made. • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? • What frustrates you the most? • What types of situations put you under pressure, and how do you deal with the pressure? • What was your favorite part of your last job? Least favorite? • Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker? If so, how did you solve it? • What are your team-player qualities? Give examples. Questions to Ask the Interviewer It is important to ask the interviewer two or three questions at the end of the interview. Some possible questions to ask are: • Is there anything else I can tell you about my qualifications? • What would a typical day for someone in this position? • What are the principal problems facing your staff right now? • What would my responsibilities be? • What is the typical day like for someone in this position? • What is your favorite part of your job? • How would my performance be evaluated? • Who would I be working with? • What do you feel are the most valuable aspects of this position? • What are the greatest rewards in this position? • If you could describe the personality that would best fit this job, what would it be?
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