Getting Ready to Interview
- Do your research. Make sure you understand what the employer/organization is all about, including their mission and vision statements. View our tips for researching the employer.
- Reflect on your experiences and know yourself. Be able to speak about your experiences, provide examples of your qualifications and demonstrate how you’ve used them.
- The best thing you can do is practice! Practice responses to potential questions. Thinking through and talking about your skills and experience allows you to more easily tap into this information. Practice with a friend, mentor, or go to LifeLab for a mock interview.
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Four Types of Interview Questions
Be prepared for all types of questions in your interview.
Questions that could be asked in any interview, for any type of position.
- Tell me about yourself.
- How did you hear about this position?
- Why are you interested in this role?
About experiences from your past where you exhibited certain behaviors or responses.
- Describe a challenging or difficult work situation you faced, and how you handled it.
- Give me an example of when you worked well on a team.
- Tell me about a time when you set a goal and achieved it.
About potential workplace situations, designed to test your ability to solve problems, your knowledge base, or your expertise in the field.
- What would you do if a customer contacted you complaining about a product issue?
- What would you do if your supervisor tasked you as a manager of a project in which you have no previous knowledge or experience leading?
About your technical competency (you are more likely to encounter these in fields where hard technical skills are required)
- What are your technical qualifications for this position?
- Describe how you used data mining in your last position.
- Describe a project in which you used advanced features of Microsoft Excel.
Questions For the Interviewer
In order to be sure that this is the right job for you, prepare questions about the position, your boss, and the employer for the interviewer.
Ask about the role:
- Can you take me through a day in this position?
- What are some challenges this new hire will face in the role?
Ask about the department/office:
- What are the current projects the employer/department is working on?
- How does this positin help your department achieve its goals?
Ask about the interviewer:
- How did you get your start with the employer?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
Create your own questions based on your research of the employer.