For Candidates


Be prepared to discuss your current position and your prior background. This includes accomplishments that exemplify your strengths. Be prepared to articulate the situation, steps you took to succeed, turnaround a situation, etc.

Research the company. Don’t just go to their website, look for current events, news that show you did some preparation. Prepare some questions for them.

  • Why is this position available?
  • What are the 3 most important things you’d like me to achieve in the first year of employment?
  • Of what obstacles will this person need to be aware?
  • What company growth do you see in the next 12 months?
  • What made you decide to join this company?
  • Ask about next steps in the process.



Your recruiter should be able to give you a good idea of the hiring authority's personality, his or her typical interview demeanor. Below are some of the more common questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
    Keep your answer in the professional realm only. Review your past positions, education and other strengths.
  • Why are you interested in this position?
    Relate how you feel your qualifications match the job requirements. Also, express your desire to work for the employer.
  • What are the most significant accomplishments in your career?
    Identify recent accomplishments that relate to the position and its requirements.
  • Describe a situation in which your work was criticized.
    Focus on how you resolved the situation and became a better person because of the experience.
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • How would you describe your personality?
  • How do you perform under pressure?
  • What have you done to improve yourself over the past year?
  • What did you like least about your last position?
  • Are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) company?
  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • What do you think of your boss?
  • Have you ever fired anyone?
  • What was the situation and how did you handle it?
  • Where do you see yourself in two years?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What kind of salary are you looking for?


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