While the job interview is the most important job search activity, it is also the most stressful. Proper preparation will help reduce the stress level and make a difference in the outcome of the interview.
Common Interview Questions
Your preparation should include developing a clear, concise, and well thought out answer to some of the most common interview questions:
• Why do you want to join our organization?
• What are your qualifications for this position?
• What have you done in the military that relates to this position?
• How would you define your ideal job?
• Why should we hire you?
• What do you want to be doing five years from now?
• How do you feel about relocating? Traveling? Working overtime?
• What attracted you to our organization?
• What do you know about our company?
• Describe yourself.
• What are your major weaknesses? Strengths?
• What actions have you taken to improve on your weaknesses?
Many employers are conducting behavior-based interviews that are filled with behavior-related questions designed to elicit patterns of accomplishments relevant to the employer’s situation. This is an opportunity for you to give examples that sell your positive characteristics. As you prepare for your interview consider specific situations, both positive and negative (emphasizing a positive outcome), and how you handled them, such as:
• Demonstrated leadership
• Solved a problem
• Increased company profits
• Made a good decision / made a poor decision
• Handled change or trends
• Handled criticism
• Met a deadline / missed a deadline
• Worked as part of a team
For more interview questions and answers, check out this article on The Interview Doctor’s Blog:
38 Common and Tricky Job Interview Questions and Best Answers – http://interview-doctor.blogspot.com/