Prepare for the tough questions
Interview preparation is one of the most important aspects of a successful job search. Before each interview you should research the employer to see how your skills fit with the company. Are you a good fit? Are they a company you’ll be satisfied working for? Here are some job interview questions you might be asked; take the time to answer them now so you’ll be ready if they’re asked in an interview.
What are some things you would like to avoid in a job and why?
What would you say was the most important thing you are looking for in a job and why?
Can you pinpoint any specific things in your past experience that affected your present career objectives?
What kind of things do you feel most confident in doing?
How would you describe yourself as a person?
In your work experience, what have you done that you consider truly creative?
What was your most difficult decision in the past six months?
How do you keep up with what is going on in your industry or profession?
Describe your most significant success and failure over the past two years?
What are your standards of success in your job?
(Source: Indiana University Bloomington Libraries)
A simpler way to look at is is to view all job interview questions as falling into one of these three categories:
- Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
- Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
- Will you fit into the team, culture and company?