No two interviews are exactly the same, but as a general guide these are the types of questions that could come up in a typical interview.
Why don’t you tell me about yourself?
This question is often an interview opener; it has the goal of seeing how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. The interviewer wants to see how con?dent you are, how articulate you are and what type of impression you make on people. The recruiter also wants to learn about the path of your career and to get a sense of what you think is important. Though many candidates find this question difficult to answer it gives you an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths.
Rather than asking “What do you want to know?” develop a confident answer to this question, practice it, and be able to deliver it on the spot.
The best response has two elements:
- A focus on what interests the interviewer, and
- Highlighting your most important accomplishments.
Begin with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to a successful interview is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for, sell what the buyer is buying. Tell a story that illustrates your best professional qualities. Stories are powerful and memorable. Think of the story like a 1-2 minute commercial that clearly demonstrates you are the best person for the job.
How long have you been with your current employer?
This is a test question looking for persistence; considerable job-hopping is a warning sign. High performers tend to stay in their jobs at least 3-5 years. Performers make course corrections, bring in additional resources, and, in general, learn how to build relationships – that’s why they are valued by prospective employers.
What is your greatest weakness?
A con?dent response demonstrates you have prepared for the question, have done some self-examination, and can admit responsibility and accept constructive feedback. Give a short honest answer that shows the weakness does not make you any less of a great candidate and that you are working on this weakness and tell the interviewer how.
Tell me about a situation where you did not get along with a superior.
All of us have had situations where we disagreed with a boss, and saying that we haven’t may cause the interviewer to question our integrity. No conflict can also send a message that we are not seasoned enough or haven’t been in situations that require us to deal with confrontation.