1) One question that shows I did my research on the company before the interview. Example: I saw on the company website that last year alone employees did 50,000 hours in community service work. Did you participate in any of this?
2) One question that shows I was listening during the interview. Most of the time interviewers mention their personal lives at some point during the interview. I like to remember at least one thing they said and ask them to elaborate on it further. For example: You mentioned before that you traveled to Ireland with the company. What was your favorite part about living there for 3 months?
3) I always like to ask one question that shows my continuing interest in the job at hand or the company in general. For example: What course or courses did you take in college that you feel best helped you to prepare for your work at company XYZ?
Some additional pointers:
-Always come to the interview with your questions already written down on a notepad and at least three copies of your resume. Having your questions written down is expected by employers and keeps you from forgetting your best questions.
-Write down at least 7 questions to ask. It is always better to have more than less in case some of your questions are answered throughout the interview. If you bring a lot of questions only ask your best 3 questions at the end. Usually there is not enough time for more than that and you do not want to force the interview to go for too long.
-Never forget to end the interview by asking for the interviewer's business card and send them an email in the next 24 hours thanking them for their time.
The three questions I ask which usually provide the greatest insight into a candidate would be as follows:
- What do you do to unwind / relax after a busy day studying or working?
- What skills have you learned in prior jobs that you feel will help you in this role (remember that every job or activity you have completed in the past will have provided you with new skills, new insights, new perspective, etc.)?
- How would your friends and former colleagues describe your personality?
When I interview potential future teammates, I want to get behind their CV and understand what they are like as a person and how they will fit into my team. Always be yourself in an interview and answer questions honestly (it is OK if you do not know the answer to a question, just be honest about it and try and answer based on the knowledge you do have - that illustrates problem solving ability, ability to work under pressure and mental agility).
Hope that helps.
1) Please tell me about your experience and how your skills relate for this position?
2) Please describe a challenging situation -what was the situation, what steps did you take to resolve the situation, how did it make you feel and what was the result?
3) Please describe your expectations of customer experience. How do you make sure you delivered exceptional client experience to your clients ?
where are you going for the interview? Can I help you debrief and go through the mock interview?
- Discuss one of your greatest successes either at school, work, other?
- Discuss a project or task that didn't end as expected and what you learned?
- When working as part of a team what type of role do you typically take on?
Hi Khamira, I think I will ask these questions:
1 How do you deal with conflict?
2 What are your strenghts?
3 Why should I choose you between other candidates?
As a recruiter, I'm interviewing people all the time. While my questions can differ from role to role, these two questions are the ones I ask consistently across all my candidates ( I may also have follow up questions to dig deeper based on answers I receive):
- What is it about my company and the role that piqued your interest? (At the end of the day, I'm not looking for something rehearsed or "what I think the recruiter wants to hear" - be genuine in this answer).
- What motivates you? What are you looking to get out of an opportunity like this if you were to land the role? (i.e. are you growth driven opportunities to build your skillset? are you looking for leadership opportunities? are you driven by increase your total income? etc.)
Hope this helps.
Some questions I've encountered are:
What are your weaknesses?
How do you deal with difficult people?
How do you feel working with a team and what role do you see yourself in that team? ( ie major contributor, leader, etc.)
1. What do you do on your weekend?
2. What hobbies do you have?
3. What are your aspirational goals?
Great question! Three questions that I've seen in interviews would be:
1) Why are you the best candidate for the role? (Why should we hire you?)
2) Tell me about a time you worked on a team project or job and had to work with someone difficult. (This shows how you handle conflict).
3) What should I know that's not on your resume? (Any passions /extra-curricular activities)
Goodluck on your journey!
Hi Khamira, my questions would be:
- What energizes you?
- What are your strengths?
- What would you like to accomplish by being part of this team/company?
1. Describe a time you had to work together with others and how you contributed.
2. Describe a time you made a mistake and learned from it.
3. Describe a time you gave yourself a goal and worked to achieve it.
1. Why do you want to work here?
2. Who do you see yourself in 5 years?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Hope it will help,
Maria Cristina’s Answer
Hi Khamira, I think my questions will be:
- How you decide to come here?
- What are your expectations?
- What inspire you the most?
2. What is your proudest academic or professional accomplishment?
3. Why should I select you for this position over all of the other candidates who applied?
Great question! It's helpful to think ahead and prepare answers to the questions you've received so you are well prepared to answer any questions you are given.
1) When was the last time you worked on a team? Describe your experience.
2) Tell me about a time you missed a deadline and tell me how you handled the situation.
3) Why did you apply for this position?
- What are you doing here, what are you looking for? This but said in a nicer way. Hehe.
- How you see yourself in 1-5 years?
- Your strengths?
Hope this can be usefull for you.
Luis | Cisco TAC