A major part of your interviewing strategy is being prepared to answer even the most challenging questions in a manner that demonstrates why you can do the job.
Your Background, Skills & Experience
Tell me about your last job.
What aspects of your last job relate to this position?
Why are you interested in working for this company?
What contribution do you think you could make to this company?
How would you describe your leadership style?
To start, I would like you to tell me about the parts of your background that qualify you for this position.
What type of activities were you involved with in your last job that successfully used your management skills? Be specific.
Tell me how your background qualifies you for this position.
Give me examples of the types of experiences you have had managing people.
In as much detail as possible, tell the ways you used team building skills in your last job.
Your Goals and Objectives
What would your ideal career position be?
Where would you like to be in three years? In five years?
If you could begin your career over again, what would you do differently?
What important career goals did you set and reach on your last job? Exactly what were they and what were the results?
Tell me about a time in your working history when you prioritised your career goals successfully.
Career goals are often made to meet the expectations of a career management system. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to set career goals and objectives, even though you were not directed by anyone to do so.
Your Education and Training
What formal education or training have you had?
What part of that education or training prepares you to do this job?
What was the most important programme you completed over the last year?
Tell me about a time when you used your education and training.
Pick a technical problem you had to solve, give the details involved in it, and tell me about what you did to create the solution to that problem.
Your Weaknesses and Potential Problems
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Do you think that you might be overqualified for this position?
What is the most serious criticism you have ever had from your boss?
Give me an example of a time when your biggest weakness at work kept you from reaching an important objective.
Describe a time when you didn’t work as hard as you could have.
Give me an example of a time when you became bored with a project.
Pick an example from your current job that would reflect on your ability to deal with pressure.
This job will require you to work as part of a team of diverse backgrounds. Describe a time when you were not effective in managing a conflict at work.
Individuals vary in their ability to use power to influence others. Give me a specific example of a time when you used power and it backfired.
Why did you leave your previous employer?
What did you dislike about your previous job?
If I spoke to your present/previous manager, what would that person name as your greatest strengths and your greatest weaknesses?
Are you opposed to drug testing?
Tell me about a time when your work was criticised.
Tell me about a time when you were not successful in coping with a pressure situation.
Tell me about a time when you were not successful in adapting to change.
Give me an example of an incident when you had a serious disagreement with your boss.