By Mark Anthony Dyson
Last month, I offered you 25 questions that you can ask an interviewer. Hopefully, it provided some useful preparation questions. You were to break it down to your area of expertise, and ask relevant questions. This time, I am posting 25 questions that you should be prepared to answer with similar advice, but adding customize direction.
Research the company you're interviewing for and gain insight to what the company wants in addition to the posting in the paper. Try calling the company's #800 numbers to see what it's like working with the department (use this with some discretion and caution). The company's customer philosophy is facilitated through customer service.
Use the language the company will use that is familiar with the industry and the job.
Practice the questions with one person mimicking a job interview in every sense.
Practice with two or three people. Try to emulate an anticipated panel interview.
Write down the answers and incessantly practice them. Don't be afraid to be critiqued and mentored.
Understand which questions to ask to the appropriate person. A panel interview is a great place to ask salary questions? This is why you may need to prepare and strategize answers for each employer and not a one set of questions fits all approach.
Remember: It's a conversation, not an interrogation.
So here are preparation questions to practice responding:
Tell me about yourself.
Why did you leave your last job?
What experience do you have in this field?
Do you consider yourself successful?
What would your co-workers say about you if I asked them?
What have you found out about my company through your research?
What have you done to grow professionally?
Are you applying for other jobs?
Why do you want to work for this organization?
Do you know anyone who works for this organization?
What are your salary requirements?
Are you a team player?
How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
What is your philosophy towards work?
What are your career goals?
What are your greatest contributions to your last employer?
What skills do you bring to the table?
Why should we hire you?
How did you change a process for improvement?
What irritates you about co-workers?
What is your greatest strength?
Tell me about your dream job
Why do you think you would do well at this job?
What are you looking for in a job?
What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Mark Anthony Dyson is the founder of the blog TheVoiceOfJobSeekers.com and the Chief Evangelist and Career Consultant for Competitive Resumes. Follow Mark Anthony Dyson on Twitter @markadyson.