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Interview Tips

Interviewing is never easy.  Your recruiter will assist you in preparing for each interview with the client.  Below are some general interview tips and sample interview questions.  For further interviewing information and tips, contact your recruiter. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing for a Job:

Do...

  • Read the job description several times and be prepared to address your relevant qualifications.
  • Research the company: review press releases, news articles, company websites, and mission statements.
  • Come prepared with extra copies of your resume, business cards, and something to write with and write on.
  • Get your questions answered.
  • Dress conservatively in business attire; you want to be remembered for what you said, not what you wore.

Don't...

  • Share names and connections unnecessarily or overstate your relationship with common connections.  
  • Bring up benefits, salary, or vacation time (your recruiter will provide you with information and negotiate on your behalf).  
  • Speak negatively of your former employers or co-workers. 
  • Forget that every interaction, including lunch, phone conversations, emails, and thank you notes are part of the evaluation and interview process.

Behavioral Interviewing

Behavioral interviewing is based on the premise that past behavior predicts future behavior.  In this type of interview, the interviewer will look for responses that explain your actions, experience gained, and the situation outcome.  The interviewer will then evaluate you based upon the significance, consistency, and job-relatedness of the questions asked. Adequate preparation for behavioral interviews will reduce the likelihood of unpleasant surprises or appearing ill-prepared during the actual interview.

Typical Behavioral Questions:

  • What is your procedure for keeping track of items that need your attention? Give me a specific example of a time when you have used this procedure.
  • Recall a recent situation where you had several things to accomplish in a short amount of time? Tell me how you accomplished everything that needed to be done?
  • Walk me through the toughest project you led.  Tell me what you did to keep it on track. Was it successful?

Questions to Ask Employers

The employer should provide an opportunity for you to ask questions at or near the end of the interview.  You should always have prepared written questions to ask each interviewer.  Having no questions prepared sends the message that you did not prepare for the interview, or you are not interested in the opportunity.

Some of your questions may be answered during the course of the interview before you are offered the opportunity to ask.  If so, you can simply state something to the effect that you were interested in knowing about ..., but that was addressed during the interview.  You could ask for additional clarification if applicable.

Sample Questions:

  • How important does upper management consider the function of this department/position?
  • What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit into the plan?
  • How will my leadership performance be measured? By whom?
  • What are some of the skills necessary for someone to succeed in this job?
  • What is your management style?