For the interviewer, it is pertinent to gather as much information as possible about
the candidate at the time of interview. To do this, an interviewer may adopt varied
techniques ranging from probing questions, open ended-questions to case study analysis.
A CV is a stepping stone to getting a good job. It sets the tone for the face-to-face
interaction. The best and most reliable way to excel in an interview is preparation.
Some generic questions that the interviewer might ask:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Tell me about your education.
- Why have you chosen this particular field?
- Why are you interested in working for this company?
- How do you think you will fit into this operation?
- What are your strengths?
- What is your major weakness?
- Why do you want to move from current job?
- If you were hired, what ideas/talents could you contribute to the position or our
- Give an example of how you solved a problem in the past.
- What do you consider the most important idea you contributed or your most noteworthy
accomplishment in your last job?
- Give an example of a time you showed leadership and initiative.
- Give an example of a time you were able to contribute to a team project.
- Think about something that you consider a failure in your life, and tell me why
you think it happened.
- Where do you see yourself in three years?
As a candidate, you must also demonstrate keen interest in knowing more about your
prospective employer. Be proactive and ask questions about the job and the organization
to make the process mutually beneficial and productive.
Questions you could ask about the job
- What are the responsibilities of this position?
- Can the duties of the job be expanded or changed?
- How will I be evaluated, and in what time frames? What performance standards will be used?
- With whom would I be working? Who would be my supervisor?
- What are the key challenges or problems of this position?
- Could you tell me about my growth prospects in your organization?
Questions you could ask about the company
- What are the company's short-and long-range objectives?
- What does the company consider unique about itself?
- Where does the company excel? What are its limitations?
Questions you could ask about the opportunity itself
- When will a decision be made about this position?
- What is the next step in the decision making process?