Practice Interviewing

Practice interviewing is one of the best ways to make sure you do well on your actual interview. If you have ever been interviewed before for a job, you know that there are common questions that come up in every one. These questions can be grouped in three categories. They are: questions about you, questions about the job and questions about the future. In this article we will look at the top three questions, and the best answers for these answers, in every one of these categories.

Questions About You

Q: What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?

A: A long-term client was about to take their business to a competitor.

I met with the customer and was able to change how we handled the account on a day-to-day basis, in order to keep the business.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A: When I’m working on a project, I don’t want just to meet deadlines. Rather, I prefer to complete the project well ahead of schedule.

Q: Why do you want to leave your job?

A: I don’t have room to grow with my current employer and I’m ready to move on to a new challenge.

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Questions About The Job

Q: Why do you want this job?

A: I want this job because it seems tailored to my competencies, which include sales and marketing. As I said earlier, in a previous position I created an annual growth rate of 22 percent in a flat industry. Additionally, the team I would work with looks terrific.

Q: Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

A: How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?

Q: Why do you want to work here?

A: This company is internationally known for its widgets and my experience in (marketing/planning/production/etc.) of widgets has me intrigued by the opportunity this position presents.

Questions About The Future

Q: What are your goals for the future?

A: I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.

Q: What will you do if you don’t get this position?

A: I am committed to this company and its advancement so, should I not be selected, I will work with and support whoever might get selected. However, I do feel that my experience in the department and with the team would make me the best candidate.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: As a child, I dreamed of being the starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. When I realized I did not have a fast ball, or a change-up, I concentrated on my skills in marketing because I realized it is an area where I not only can make significant contributions, but I enjoy using my talent in a corporate environment.