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Interviewing Best Questions


Typical Questions Asked by Interviewers  Why did you choose this particular career field?  What are your 5 or 10 year career objectives?  How do you plan to achieve your career goals?  What have you learned from your mistakes?  Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind?


 What supervisory style do you work best under?  What kind of people do you enjoy working with?  What are the most important rewards you expect in your professional career?


 How has your college experience prepared you for this job?


 What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in this field?


 What college subjects did you like best? Why?  What motivates you?  What frustrates you on the job?


 Do you have a geographical preference?  Will you relocate? Are you willing to travel?  How did you prepare for this interview?  What do you know about our organization?  Why do you want to work for this organization?  What type of work environment are you successful in?


 Tell me about the campus/extra-curricular activities you participated in and what you learned as a result.


 When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?


 Describe your experience as it relates to this position.


 Why should we hire you over the other candidates?


 Why do you want this position?


Best Questions for You to Ask the Interviewer An interview is meant to be a two-way street. The interviewer’s job is to determine whether you’re the best fit for the position. At the same time, you should be asking questions to determine if the position and company is right for you. Your questions will typically fall into the following three areas; select several in each area:


The Organization:  What do you see ahead for the company in the next five years?  How do you see the future for this industry?  What do you consider to be your organization’s most important assets?  What can you tell me about new products or plans for growth?  Does this organization have a mentor or coaching program?  How would you describe your company culture?


The Position:  When you think of the most effective person who has ever held this position, what three qualities or traits did this person possess?


 What would you consider to be the most important aspects of the job?  What kind of training do you provide?  What is the natural career path for employees in this position?  Could you describe a typical day or week in this position?


The Expectations & Next Steps:  What are the most immediate challenges I would face in this position?  What are the performance expectations of this position over the first year?  How will I be evaluated and how often?


 What are the next steps in the interview process and when do you hope to make a decision? (always ask this question)


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