Interviewers and interviewee

For Interviewees:


1) Describe the accomplishments you were most proud of in your last job.
2) Do you consider yourself more of an independent contributor or a team player?
3) What serious problems did you face and how you handle them?
4) Describe an incident in which you handled a problem involving personal interaction well. Describe another incident in which you were less effective.
5) Where do you see your career in five years?

For Interviewers:


1) Why did you choose your major field of study?
2) What courses did you like the best? Least? Why?
3) If you worked during school, how did you manage your time?
4) Were you satisfied with your college?
5) How important were extracurricular activities to your education?
6) If you were starting college all over again, what would you do differently?

Activities and Interests

1) What activities are you involved in?
2) Would you describe your role in these activities as more of a follower or a leader?

Strengths and Weaknesses

1) Give me three reasons why you are especially qualified for this job.
2) What weaknesses have previous employers identified over the years?
3) What part of this job would probably give you the most trouble?

Pay attention to personal hygiene and grooming including mustaches and beards should be neatly trimmed and combed. Hands and fingernails should be clean. Perfume and cologne should be used with moderation and should not overpower the interviewer.

Do not smoke, chew gum, or eat during the interview. This can detract substantially from your presentation and overall image.

Be polite, courteous, and friendly to the interviewer’s support staff (i.e. secretary, administrative assistant, assistant). These individuals will frequently relay their impressions of an employment candidate to their supervisor.

When greeting the interviewer, be pleasant, smile, extend firm (but not crushing) handshake, and look him or her in the eye. Do not sit until asked.

Maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Look out for a friendly face in the panel. It will help you to be at ease. Occasionally look away, at appropriate moments, so that your host does not feel challenged to a starting contest.

Be alert to your body language throughout the interview. Be careful not to slouch down in the chair. This may be interpreted negatively by the interviewer (i.e. you are disinterested in what is being said, you are lazy or sloppy, you are not concerned with your personal appearance etc). Conversely, do not sit rigidly or on the edge of the chair. If too rigid, you may project the image of someone who is overly formal, unfriendly, or distant. Likewise, sitting on the edge of the chair may take you appear nervous, anxious, high strung, or overly aggressive. Maintain good posture and a relaxed, but attentive demeanor throughout the interview.

Gesticulate appropriately to make a key point. However, be careful not to over-gesticulate, since this can draw the interviewer’s attention away from what you are saying and can detract substantially from your overall presentation.

Avoid unnecessary fidgeting with your hands or finger, such as tapping your fingers, playing with pencils and paper clips, stroking your beard of hair, pulling your ear, resting your shoulders on the table, rubbing your nose and so on. All of these suggest nervousness and will distract interviewers, thereby causing them to pay less attention to what you are saying.

Be pleasant, friendly, warm, and polite throughout the interview. Remember to smile from time to time. You will want to establish and maintain good personal rapport with the interviewer throughout the discussion. Do not try to pretend to know what you do not know.

Be careful not to dominate the interview discussion. This can cause the interviewer to feel anxious, or even hostile. Be sensitive to the interviewer’s right to control the interview, and do your part to ensure a well balanced two way exchange of information. Do not get into an argument with a hostile person. Thank him if he explains to you something. Do not try to fool or outsmart any person on the panel. Do not be anxious and never plead or beg for the job.

Never volunteer negative information to the interviewer. However, should such information come to light as a result of the interviewer’s questioning, do not dodge the issue. Be factual and honest, but be brief. Try to present this information in as positive a light as possible, but do not over-explain or apologize.