"Tell me a little bit about yourself."
What are your short-term and long-term
goals and when did you establish these goals?
How are you preparing yourself to
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What is your greatest
Who or what motivates you?
Why should we hire you?
Which of your accomplishments have
given you the most satisfaction and why?
How do you measure success?
If you were hiring someone for this
position, which qualities would you look for?
Which management style should your
ideal manager have?
What do you know about our
Tell me about your current level of
Why do you wish to make a change?
You always need to
"take temperatures" because people have minds and they're changing
them constantly. You need to listen to what they don't say.
Being prepared for an interview is vital; the following preparation is
very unique and effective in conducting a positive interview.
Things to remember:
People have to buy you before they buy
People hire and accept emotionally
first and justify logically later.
People are most sold by your
conviction rather than by your persuasion.
Know your technology, but think
The decision to hire is made in the
first 5 to 10 minutes of the interview, with the remaining time
spent justifying that decision.
The Candidate Preparation:
Please take these notes to the interview and practice the anticipated
questions that may be asked and your answers to those questions. Be
sure to practice these steps out loud to yourself before the
the duties and responsibilities of the position I'm applying for?
This is an excellent icebreaker question for the hiring authority
and a great start to a successful interview. What % of my job is
dedicated to administration, supervisory, and technical? (should
my number one priority that has to be done before I leave
each day? Why? (priorities
my goals? What obstacles
would prevent me from reaching my goals?
What are the
short and long term goals set for
the person in this position?
questions for the hiring authority.
Questions must be written out before the interview, while avoiding
the topic of compensation and benefits for the first interview.
Business related question gleaned from your company research are
- this is a trap question. If the question is brought up a very good
response is "You
know-Salary is important, but it's not the most important thing.
What's most important to me is whether I believe that I can
do the job and do it well.
And whether you believe that I can do the job well.
If there is a good fit, and we both know it, I know that you
will make me a fair offer and we'll get together." If you
are absolutely forced to give a number, be very careful that you
don't short yourself. Be sure to keep in mind your base salary,
bonus program, stock options, gain sharing programs, performance
bonuses, benefits, etc. Give them your current total package and
indicate a desire to improve a modest amount based on location and
Ask for the
job! "I haven't
interviewed in a while, what is the next step? Can we conclude our
business today if all goes well?" OR summarize what you've done
that ties in with the new position and ask, "Do I have the
qualifications you're looking for?" Then remain silent for an
answer. If the hiring authority says, "I'm looking at other
people," you say, "How do my qualifications match the people
(Your #1 priority is to receive an offer, if this is a position that
you desire, your #2 priority is to know the next step.)
ALWAYS SEND A FOLLOW-UP LETTER.
After you leave the interview, it is
very important that you call us
immediately for feedback and questions.