How can you prepare for an interview when you don’t know what questions that might be asked? Interviewers in different companies often ask similar questions. Knowing the top interview questions and having a prepared answer will help you be more confident.
Here are 10 of the top questions that you might be asked with suggested answers. We encourage you to find someone to role play with for mock interview practice. Use these questions and practice your answers. This will help you learn to be more effective when having a real interview. SPC students, you can practice a mock interview with career professionals on your campus and through the Optimal Resume tool found in your MyCourses. Let’s check out those questions:
- Tell me about yourself
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
- Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.
- What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specific skills that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
- Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.
- What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.
- What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? What is their mission or vision statement and how does this resonate with your goals and values.
- What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
- Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.
- Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.
- Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.
To view the more common questions, check out this article: 50 Common Interview Questions. For additional help with interviews, resumes, dress for success, job search and more; contact Career Services on your campus or our online at our Career Services On Demand Webinars in MyCourses and Student Services Hub.