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Some Questions You Can Ask During an Interview
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By Michael C. Dennis MBA, CBF, LCM

Question: Is there a list of standard interview questions?

Answer: Not really. Interview questions need to be tailored to the position being filled. You would not ask an applicant for Vice President the same questions as an applicant for a spot on your production line. Here are some popular interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • Why should we hire you?

  • How do you perform under deadline pressure? Give me an example

  • How would you describe your ideal job?

  • How would you describe yourself?

  • Describe your management style.

  • What were your five most significant accomplishments in the last year?

  • What are your career goals?

  • What are your weak points?

  • If we offered you this position, what would you accomplish in the first year?

  • Why do you want to work for us?

  • Describe a conflict or disagreement at work in which you were involved. How was it resolved?

  • Why should I hire you?

  • Tell me about some of your goals and what you did to achieve them.

  • What types of performance problems have you encountered in people who report to you, and how did you resolve them?

  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

  • Describe a typical day at your present job.

  • In what ways would you contribute to our organization?

  • Have you ever had a conflict with a manager?

  • How did you resolve it?

  • What makes you qualified for this job?

  • What do you want me to know about you that is not on your resume or application?

  • Are you able to travel? Relocate?

  • What did you learn in your last job that you think would help you in the position you're applying for?

  • How have you made yourself indispensable to an employer?

  • Tell me how you have handled an ethical dilemma at work.

  • Why are you leaving your current job?

  • What can you do for us that is unique and differentiates you from the other candidates for this position?

  • Do you have any plans to continue your education? What are those plans

  • What salary are you looking for?

  • Tell me about a time when you set your sights too high Too low... Solved a problem creatively... Wrote a report that was well received Made a bad decision... Hired the wrong person Delegated ineffectively.

The information contained in this publication is not legal advice, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Readers are encouraged research issues and questions carefully, and to contact an attorney in their State to clarify any questions or issues raised after reading any of the items in this publication.

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