Even after all these years like most people I am still terrified of interviews. I might be able to predict some of the questions but I never know how to best answer them to make a great impression and be successful. I still can’t predict whether I am going to be successful after the interview has finished. I have done what I thought was an excellent interview only to feel totally disappointed after receiving a rejection letter. This has happened on numerous occasions and I am sure it will happen again. Use rejection as a spur to further action and better preparation. In contrast I have done many below average interviews and then got the jobs. The only thing you can control is your preparation – so make you sure you prepare very well. Leave nothing to luck. Think about each question and write down the answers. Use bullet points so that you can get your points across without appearing to have memorised the answers. This will make you appear spontaneous.
Can you answer these questions:
1. Give me an example of a situation where your work or idea was crticised?
2. I am not sure you are suitable for this position?
3. Tell me something you have done that you are not proud of?
4. Which parts of your job are most critical?
5. How long will you stay in this company?
6. What are some of things about your boss you dislike?
7. What problems do you have getting along with other people?
8. Have you always done your best work?
9. What are the reasons for success in your profession?
10. Describe your typical day?
11. Why do you want to work for this company?
12. What kind of experience do you have to do this job excellently?
13. How does your job relate to the overall mission statement of the company?
14. What things did you hate about your last job?
15. What is the worst job you have held?
16. What are the top 5 lessons you have learned from your previous job?
17. How have you progressed in your career so far?
18. How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our company?
19. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
20. What are you biggest accomplishments to date?
21. What is your strategy to organise, plan and excecute major projects?
22. How do you deal with pressure?
23. Describe your greatest strength?
24. What is your biggest weakness?
25. Describe your most outstanding qualities?
26. What are your worst qualities?
27. What interests you most about this job?
28. Why should we give you the job?
29. What can you do that someone else can’t?
30. Describe a difficult problem you had to deal with?
31. How has your last job prepared you for greater responsibility?
32. What skills have you developed in your last job?
33. Why do you want to work in this industry or profession?
34. Give us an example where you had to be resourceful?
35. Do you have any questions ask us?
Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. Prepare well, dress your best, be confident and smile a lot. Have several questions to ask the interviewers. Get that job.