EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING: General Interview Questions
23. Tell me about your dream job. Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay generic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.
24. Why do you think you would do well at this job? Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.
25. What are you looking for in a job? See answer #23.
26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with? Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or law-breaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.
27. What is more important to you: the money or the work? Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.
28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, energy, positive attitude, leadership, team player, expertise, initiative, patience, hard work, creativity, problem solver.
29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor. Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.
30. What has disappointed you about a job? Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.
31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.
32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.
33. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: challenge, achievement, recognition.
34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? This is up to you. Be totally honest.
35. How would you know you were successful on this job? Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and you meet them. Your outcomes are a success. Your boss tells you that you are successful.
36. Would you be willing to relocate if required? You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. this can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.
37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own? This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.
38. Describe your management style. Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.
39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.
40. Do you have any blind spots? Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discover on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.
41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for? Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.
42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Regardless of you qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.
43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up; then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.
44. What qualities do you look for in a boss? Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are: knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.
45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others. Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.
46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.
47. Describe your work ethic. Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.
48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment? Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.
49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.
50. Do you have any questions for me? Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? And what types of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.