Be Prepared for Different Types of Questions
Interview questions provide you with the opportunity to highlight your skills, personal attributes and accomplishments and to show how they transfer to the requirements of the job for which you are applying. The following examples illustrate the various ways employers structure questions to draw out specific information about you.
General interview questions:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should we hire you?
- Describe the contribution you are prepared to make to this company?
- What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
This type of questioning calls for you to talk about your assets in terms of the qualities that you have that will benefit their organization and meet the qualifications of the position.
"What If" questions:
- What if you were confronted with a call from an argumentative client? Describe how you would handle this situation.
- Suppose you found that our office products supplier had been over charging the company for several months. This problem had been brought to their attention previously. What steps would you take to again address the problem?
This type of questioning is looking primarily to identify your problem solving skills by calling on you to imagine a potential situation.
- What is your greatest achievement as a student? What did you do to contribute to that achievement?
- Tell me about a time when you experienced differences of opinion with a supervisor. Describe how you handled the difficulty so that you could continue to work with that person.
This type of questioning asks you to describe a real situation to illustrate how you actually performed in a specific related circumstance. This approach is based on the perspective that your past performance is the best indicator of how you will perform in the future.