Planning for a Successful Interview

Research

Before you interview for a position, learn as much about it and the employer as possible. If you found the position through a recruiter, he or she should be able to provide that information for you. If not, conduct research on the Internet, visit the library, and network with industry contacts. Additional information on interview techniques is available through your recruiter in Principal Resource Group's Interview Handbook.

Questions To Ask

After you have studied the company, make a list of questions to ask the employer, such as:

Questions You May Be Asked

Your recruiter should be able to give you a good idea of the hiring manager’s personality and his or her typical interview demeanor. Here are a few important questions that the employer is likely to ask:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
    Keep your answer in the professional realm only. Review your past positions, education and other strengths.
  2. Why are you interested in this position?
    Relate how you feel your qualifications match the job requirements. Also, express your desire to work for the employer.
  3. What are the most significant accomplishments in your career?
    Identify recent accomplishments that relate to the position and its requirements.
  4. Describe a situation in which your work was criticized.
    Focus on how you resolved the situation and became a better person because of the experience.
  5. What do you know about our organization?
  6. How would you describe your personality?
  7. How do you perform under pressure?
  8. What have you done to improve yourself over the past year?
  9. What did you like least about your last position?
  10. Are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) company?
  11. What is your ideal working environment?
  12. How would your co-workers describe you?
  13. What do you think of your boss?
  14. Have you ever fired anyone?
  15. In relation to the last question, what was the situation and how did you handle it?
  16. Are you creative?
  17. What are your career goals?
  18. Where do you see yourself in two years?
  19. Why should we hire you?
  20. What kind of salary are you looking for?
  21. What other types of jobs/companies are you considering?

Also learn about Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts.