The purpose of an interview is for the job seeker to sell themselves.
- Show what you can do for the company
- Tell the manager that you want the job and why they should hire you
- Have on the job examples of how you successfully accomplished each task the job demands.
Common Interview Questions:
- Tell me about yourself. Talk about your experience, accomplishments, and qualifications for the job.
- Why do you want the job and why do you want to work for us?
- What are your qualifications?
- How many other companies have you approached? Several for backup, but this is where I really want to work, this is where my hopes are.
- How many employers have you worked for in the last 5 years? Or why have you worked for so many employers in the last 5 years?
- Tell me about your current/last job. List your duties and responsibilities. Explain your accomplishments.
- Why are you leaving your current company? As much as you may dislike where you are currently working this is not the opportunity to “bad-mouth” them.
- Did you ever disagree with a supervisor? Why/Why not?
- What do you plan to be doing 5 years from now?
- Give an example of a major problem you faced and overcame.
- What are your strengths?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What motivates you to perform well on the job?
- Do you prefer to work in a group or independently?
- How would you handle conflicting instructions from two supervisors?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Questions for the Interviewer:
- Would you describe a typical work day and the things I would be doing.
- Which duties are most important for this job?
- Tell me about the challenges connected with this job and how, as boss, those problems affect you.
- How is this job important to the company- how does it contribute?
- How many people work in your department?
Are there questions I shouldn’t ask the interviewer?
Never ask questions about, vacations, holidays with pay, or paid sick days.
You’re looking for a job not a vacation”.
Helpful Interview Tips
- Dress for success: Even for jobs with a casual environment, dress professionally. Once you get the job you can wear jeans and tennis shoes (if that’s what the job environment is). You want to convey that you want the job enough to look nice for it.
- Arrive on Time: Arrive to the interview 10-15 minutes early (make sure to budget plenty of time for travel). This will give you time to relax, take in your surroundings and mentally prepare for the interview. This also will impress the interviewer and tell them that you are prompt and organized. ALWAYS call if you are running late for an interview.
- Be Positive: Employers will take notice of candidates who are genuinely interested in the position and offers positive feedback. Don’t just think that you would love to have this job because of the great location and intriguing project they are beginning, let the employer know you’re thinking this; tell them how you have heard a lot of good things about the company. If you want the job after the interview, let them know - for example - from what you've told me, I'm very interested in working on this project.
- Be aware of body language: Maintain eye contact, sit straight, don't fidget, don't interrupt, offer an enthusiastic handshake, etc.
- Do your homework: You should be fully versed in the requirements of the position and be competent with the technology.
- Arrive Prepared: Bring a couple extra copies of your resume, something to write with and bring any relevant examples of your work if you have it. Most people who go for an interview have done their homework. They know which questions the manager is apt to ask and they have some pretty good answers. If you’re not prepared for the interview, it will be over in twenty minutes or less. Managers won’t waste time with people who aren’t prepared. It’s a sign that you’re not serious.
- Ask Questions: Don't be afraid to cross-interview your interviewer to get a complete sense of the work environment & position.
- Be Direct: If you have relevant experience it's up to you to convey that - talk directly about what you have done in the past that addresses the task at hand, be as specific as you can about what you have done & where. Keep focused on what the company is looking for - try not to get sidetracked and go off on tangents.
- Sell yourself: Sixty percent of those who go for an interview don’t get the job because they fail to sell themselves. When the manager asks you to talk a little about yourself, have a short statement ready. List your skills and accomplishments. Then explain what you can do for the employer.
- Don't Discuss Money: They shouldn't bring it up, but if they do direct the question to Two Roads.
- Leave Your Cell Phone In The Car: You don't want to run the risk of having your phone go off and it ruining your interview. If you must have it with you be sure to turn it off. This may seem like a simple instruction, but you would be surprised how many interviews are ruined by ringing cell phones and people taking calls while in the interview.
- Don’t be a motor mouth: This person never stops talking during the interview. They won’t shut up. They take control of the conversation. They flip from one topic to another; they butt in and won’t give the manager a chance to say anything. They’re also argumentative. They fight to win every point- even the minor ones. They’re a whirlwind. To the manager this is a sign that the applicant thrives on attention. This could create problems on the job. Keep the conversation 50:50; listen as much as you talk.
- Don’t be a zombie: A zombie is someone who sits perfectly still, watched, listens, hardly ever asks a question, answers in the fewest words possible- usually “yes” or “no”. To the manager, this is a sign you’ll have to be told what to do and when to do it, that you’ll have to be watched, and your work might have to be checked. Don’t be a zombie. Participate in the conversation. Ask questions. Give generous answers. Crack a smile. Show some enthusiasm!
- Don’t bad mouth anybody: If you got fired, or you had an argument with your old boss, don’t badmouth him. Instead, take responsibility for your share of the problem. Fess up. Managers like people who admit mistakes and learn from them.
Things the interviewer will evaluate you on.
- Appearance: Your grooming, hygiene, dress, and appropriateness.
- Sociability: Your warmth and friendliness.
- Composure: Your confidence and ability to handle difficult questions.
- Stability: Your ability to fit in and do the work.
- Conversation: Your ability to speak well and get to the point.
- Alertness: Your ability to understand and perceive important issues.
- Knowledge: Your knowledge of the job or field
- Experience: Your qualifications.
- Attitude: Your enthusiasm and eagerness.
- Ambition: Your determination to keep trying.