1. Tell me about you!
Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble. Use your resume summary
as a base to start.
2. What do you know about our company?
Do your homework before the interview! Spend some time online or at the librar
y researching the company. Find out as much as you can, including products, si
ze, income, reputation, image, management talent, people, skills, history and
philosophy. Project an informed interest; let the interviewer tell you about t
3. Why do you want to work for us?
Don't talk about what you want; first, talk about their needs: You would like
to be part of a specific company project; you would like to solve a company pr
oblem; you can make a definite contribution to specific company goals.
4. What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't? Relate past experiences that show you've had success in solving previous emplo
yer problem(s) that may be similar to those of the prospective employer.
5. What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.
6. Why should we hire you?
Because of your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills.
7. What do you look for in a job?
An opportunity to use your skills, to perform and be recognized.
8. Please give me your definition of a .... (the position for which you are be
Keep it brief -- give an action- and results-oriented definition.
9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm? Not long at all -- you expect only a brief period of adjustment to the learnin
10. How long would you stay with us?
As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing, etc.
1. You may be overqualified for the position we have to offer.
Strong companies need strong people. A growing, energetic company is rarely un
able to use its employees' talents. Emphasize your interest in a long-term ass
ociation, pointing out that the employer will get a faster return on investmen
t because you have more experience than required.
2. What is your management style?
(If you've never thought about this, it's high time you did.) "Open-door manag
ement" is best ... And you get the job done on time or inform your management.
3. Are you a good manager? Give an example. Why do you feel you have top manag
Keep your answer achievement- and task-oriented; emphasize management skills -
- planning, organizing, interpersonal, etc.
4. What do you look for when you hire people?
Skills, initiative, adaptability.
5. Did you ever fire anyone? If so, what were the reasons and how did you hand
Give a brief example of a time when you faced this, and stress that it worked
6. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
Getting things planned and done on time within the budget.
7. What do your subordinates think of you?
Be honest and positive...they can check your responses easily.
8. What is your biggest weakness as a manager?
Be honest and end on a positive note, e.g. "I don't enjoy reprimanding people,
so I try to begin with something positive first."
1. Why are you leaving your present job?
Refine your answer based on your comfort level and honesty. Give a "group" ans
wer if possible, e.g. our department was consolidated or eliminated.
2. How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits?
Concerned but not panicked.
3. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.
One in which people are treated as fairly as possible.
4. How would you evaluate your present firm?
It's an excellent company that afforded me many fine experiences
1. How have you helped increase sales? Profits?
Explain in some detail, citing figures and specific examples.
2. Have you helped reduce costs? How?
Describe in some detail with specifics.
3. How much money did you account for?
Give examples as to your responsibilities. Explain how the budget was determin
ed, and your role in overseeing your department's portion.
4. How many people did you supervise on your last job?
Explain the structure of your department and your role as manager.
5. Do you like working with figures more than words?
Be honest but positive.
6. In your current or last position, what features did you like the most? Leas
Be honest but put a positive spin on your least favorite duties.
7. In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significa
1. Why haven't you found a new position before now?
Finding a job is easy; finding the right job is more difficult. Stress that yo
u are being selective, and are looking for the right "fit."
2.Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If so, what do you
think held you there?
Explain that your job is no longer challenging and that you feel your talents
are best used elsewhere.
3. What do you think of your boss?
Be as positive as you can, even if you don't really believe it.
4.Would you describe a situation in which your work was criticized?
Be as positive as you can and emphasize what you learned from the situation.
5. What other types of jobs or companies are you considering?
Keep your answer related to this company's field, and don't give out specific
1. If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he say are your greatest str
engths and weaknesses?
Emphasize your skills, and don't be overly negative about your weaknesses. It'
s always safer to identify a lack of a skill as an area for improvement rather
than a shortcoming.
2. Can you work under pressures, deadlines, etc.?
Yes, it's a way of life in business. Be sure to cite examples of your success.
3. How have you changed the nature of your job?
Explain how you have improved the efficiency, productivity, and the like.
4. Do you prefer staff or line work? Why?
It depends on the job and its challenges.
5. In your present position, what problems have you identified that had previo
usly been overlooked?
Keep it brief and don't brag.
6. Do you feel you might be better off in a different size company? Different
It depends on the job -- elaborate slightly.
7. How do you resolve conflict on a project team?
Explain that communication is important, and that you would first you discuss
the issues privately.
8. What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make?
Try to relate your response to the prospective employment situation
1. How much are you looking for?
Answer with a question, e.g., "What is the salary range for similar jobs in yo
ur company?" If the interviewer doesn't answer, then give a range of what you
understand you are worth in the marketplace. Check out Monster.com's Salary Ce
2. How much do you expect, if we offer this position to you?
Be careful; the market value of the job may be the key answer, e.g., "My under
standing is that a job like the one you're describing may be in the range of _
3.What kind of salary are you worth?
Have a specific figure in mind…don't be hesitant
1. Do you generally speak to people before they speak to you?
It depends on the circumstances.
2.What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?
Talk about books, sports or films to show that you have balance in your life.
3. What is the toughest part of a job for you?
Be honest. Remember, not everyone can do everything.
4. Are you creative?
Yes. Give examples that relate to your current job.
5. How would you describe your own personality?
Balanced is a good word to use, but remember the type of company you are inter
viewing at. Some companies may want someone who is aggressive and a go-getter.
6. Are you a leader?
Absolutely! Cite specific examples using your current job as a reference point.
7. What are your future goals?
Avoid, "I would like the job you advertised." Instead, give long-range goals.
8. What are your strengths?
Present at least three and relate them to the company and job you are intervie
9. What are your weaknesses?
Don't say that you don’t have any. Try not to cite personal characteristics a
s weaknesses, but be ready to have one if the interviewer presses. Turn a nega
tive into a positive answer: "I am sometimes intent on completing an assignmen
t and get too deeply involved when we are late."
1. If you could start your career again, what would you do differently?
Nothing ... I am happy today, so I don't want to change my past.
2. What career options do you have at the moment?
"I see three areas of interest..." Relate those to the position and industry.3. How would you describe the essence of success? According to your definition
of success, how successful have you been so far?
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