Types of Interview Questions
Common Interview Questions:
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
- What is the salary range you are seeking? What do you expect to be earning in five years?
- How has your college experience prepared you for a career in this industry?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you determine/evaluate success? Describe one of your accomplishments.
- What are your short-range and long-range career goals?
- What specific skills can you bring to this job?
- Why should I hire you?
Case Interview Questions:
- Case questions, though often hypothetical and focused on the future, are based on real problems or situations encountered in the particular field of the organization interviewing you.
- By using case questions, employers can get a sense of your analytical and reasoning skills, problem solving abilities, and your ability to organize and present information.
- Though there may be many ‘right’ answers to case questions, your goal is to maintain your composure, be articulate, and show that you can think on your feet.
- For more information and examples of case questions, visit: http://www.quintcareers.com/case_interviews.html
Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Be ready to provide specific examples of past situations and your involvement. One effective response method is to frame your example by stating: the situation or task you are involved in (set up the story), your actions, and the results or outcomes of your actions.
Common Behavioral Interview Questions:
- Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
- Describe the most significant written document, report, or presentation that you’ve completed.
- Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to achieve it.
- Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
- Have you ever had to "sell" an idea to your coworkers? How did you do it? Did they "buy" it?
- Which accomplishment on the job gave you more satisfaction than any other?
- What is your commitment to diversity? Tell me about a time when you demonstrated this commitment.
- What experiences have you had at UNH that exposed you to diversity?
- Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
- Tell me about a situation in the past year in which you dealt with a very upset customer or coworker.
- Tell me about a job experience in which you had to be assertive in order to get a point across that was important to you.
- What have you done in the past to contribute toward a teamwork environment? Be specific.
To see a longer list of potential interview questions, visit: http://www.quintcareers.com/intvres.html
Ways to Handle Some Typical Questions:
- “Tell me about yourself.” A warm-up question which calls for a very short response. A quick formula: spend a few seconds on your schooling/studies and what you’re looking for right now in terms of employment (of course, all related to this job).
- “What are your weaknesses?” Pick one rather harmless problem from the past that you’re now overcoming. Some people describe a strength that’s gone a bit overboard, such as a tendency toward overwork or perfectionism. Be sure to finish your answer with how you’re making it better.
Prepare Your Own Questions:
- What are the attributes of your most successful employees in this position?
- Why did you choose to work for this company?
- What kind of internal and external training do you provide new employees?
- How would you describe your company culture?
- What are the performance expectations for this job and what is the time frame for advancement?
- What are your organization’s goals for the next 3 – 5 years?
Illegal Interview Questions:
Legal questions asked of you must relate to the job you are seeking and whether or not you can perform the essential functions of the job. If asked an illegal question, you can:
- Examine the question for its intent and respond with an answer
as it might apply to the job. For example, you’ve been asked an illegal
question if the interviewer asks “Are you a U.S. citizen?” You could
respond with “I am authorized to work in the United States.”
- For more strategies to handle illegal questions, go to: http://www.jobinterviewquestions.org/questions/illegal-questions.asp
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