Their Favorite Interview Questions

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 21, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 HR has a few favorite interview questions, do you know what they are?

It pays to do your homework before going to an interview–know what questions might be asked.

In Readers Digest, Michelle Crouch listed the following, (my comments in italics):

1.) Will you tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like? They want to know how you amicably resolved this issue; did you openly discuss the problem with your coworker or boss, or put up a good front by finding something you could like about them?

2.) How much do you know about our company? Here, they are asking if you’ve researched what they actually do, how they do it, where and when. By logging onto the company site, a great deal of information can be obtained, but go the extra mile. Google the company name and see newspaper and blog articles, become a mini expert.

3.) What personal and professional development have you been engaged in outside of the workplace over the past year? If you’re a recent grad, this is the point where your internships, volunteer work and mentoring opportunities come in handy. Try to find examples that match the job you are interviewing for, it will show you have some experience.

4.) If you could come to work with only three tools to get your job done, what would they be? Knowing the job description will enable you to best answer this question, that’s why researching is so important.

5.) Tell me about a time when your integrity was challenged, what was the situation and what did you do? Employers look for honest employees, they want to know if they can trust you based on your past decisions. If you’ve had a problem in this area, it’s best to correct that by making better decisions in the future. Ask your mentor how they dealt with their own integrity being challenged. Understand what is and isn’t ethical.

Carefully and honestly consider the questions before you go to an interview. Give those interviewing a clear and accurate picture of who you are and what they can expect of you as an employee.


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