July 19, 2018

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Top 15 Questions Asked at Job Interviews-#1

Over the past few weeks, we have listed in "countdown order" the Top 15 Questions Being Asked In Interviews. In previous weeks, we detailed the first fourteen:

15.Are you willing to relocate?

14.What motivates you? How do you motivate others?

13.What do you know about our company?

12.What are the best and worst aspects of your previous job?

11.What would your former boss/colleagues say about you?

10.Why are you interested in this position? Our company?

9.What are your salary requirements?

8.Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation and how you handled it?

7.What are your short-term/long-term goals?

6.Describe some of your most important career accomplishments.

5.What are your strengths and weaknesses?

4.Tell me about yourself?

3.What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates?

2.Why are you looking for a job? Why are leaving your current position?


# 1 – Describe your ideal job and/or boss

During an interview, a hiring manager is looking to encourage open and honest communication. Employers want to delve beyond the candidate’s "hard skills" showcased in their resume. For instance, how does a candidate’s personality fit the position and company culture? Françoise Baudrit of the hi-tech solutions firm, Lectra, shares "The aim of this type of open-ended question is to really understand what is important in a position for the candidate. The next questions I ask myself becomes, ‘is this person going to fit in the organization? Is the organization able to bring what they are expecting?’"

Professional recruiter Heidi Thorne for Probity Electronics in Plano, Texas, added, "I ask this question early in the interview process before they know a lot about our company culture and many specifics of the job. I am looking into their personality to see if they will fit well within our organization. I want to see how quickly they can think on their feet and can recover from unexpected questions."

Recruiter Tip: Do your homework on the company you are interviewing with. There is no reason why a potential candidate cannot make a few calls to a current or past employee of the company to get the “inside scoop” on the company’s culture. If your personality matches the culture, when this question comes up, make sure the interviewer sees this match.

-J. Michael Worthington, Jr.
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