1. Tell me about yourself.
- This involves a quick overview of your career experience that's relevant to the role you're applying for to include potential industries
you've worked in, years of experience, roles you've held, and etc.
- My advice would be to create a 30 second elevator speech and practice reciting it so that you'll be able deliver a clear, concise, and
structured answer that discusses the most relevant information as it relates to the role you've applied for.
2. What are your biggest strengths and/or weaknesses?
- When answering this question, keep in mind that everyone has a weakness, so when answering this question, think of honest traits
that could be also be used as a strength as well.
- Ex. Being so wrapped up into work that you lose track of time and everyone has gone
home for the day....lack of clock awareness. But the strength of this weakness could also be reflected as your lack of clock awareness
is as a result of the passion you have for what you do and you're always willing to see your tasks all the way out through execution
3. What questions do you have for me?
- This is one of the most underrated questions, but is actually one of the most important questions interviewers ask. This question
reflects whether you've done research on the company, gives insight into what's important to you, and also gives the interviewer an
idea of your mindset regarding long term and short term goals with the company all from the types of questions you ask them.
- A few questions that would be good to ask them:
A. What are your top 3 traits a person would need to have to be successful in this position?
B. Is this role an addition or replacement? If it's a replacement, is there anything you'd prefer I'd do differently from the last
person who's held this role?
C. Where do you see this role or department going within the next 5 years? Are there expansion opportunities as it relates to
growth for my career development within the company?
Also, consider situational questions such as:
Tell me about a time where you encountered a challenge. What was the challenge, how did you handle the challenge, and what was the result of the challenge?
Tell me about a time where you encountered a conflict at work. Who was it with, what was the issue, how did you handle it, and what was the result?
Ashley recommends the following next steps:
- Review the role's job description in detail such as the key skills and qualifications for the role.
- Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes! Create your own interview questions (and answers) to include situational and behavioral based questions of what you'd like to know if you were the interviewer hiring for the role. Feel free to utilize Google for types of questions that relate to the role you've applied for.
- Practice going over those questions and answers. (This builds confidence overall and even if the questions asked are not exactly what you've studied, you can readily pull from the information from other questions you've studied and prepared for that are relevant to the question asked.)
- Be yourself and have fun! Think of it as a conversation and go into the interview with the mindset of you evaluating whether the company is a fit for your career direction, just like the company is evaluating you as a fit for their company, culture, and goals.