Give an example of a time you showed leadership and initiative.
Even if you haven’t had the title of lead worker, supervisor, or manager, give examples of when you recognized a job that needed to be done and you did it.
Give an example of a time you were able to contribute to a team project.
If your work experience did not involve working on a team, use examples of teamwork from other aspects of your life, for example, family projects or community activities.
What is your major weakness?
Answer this is a positive manner by showing how you overcame a specific weakness. For example, ”In the past, it was difficult for me to accept criticism from my peers. However, I have learned to value and solicit this input and it has improved my job performance.”
Think about something that you consider a failure in your life, and tell I me why you think it happened.
This is another way of asking about weaknesses. Answer by showing how you turned a failure into a success. For example, ”In my last job, I was given an assignment to coordinate all travel plans for an international conference. About halfway through the process, I realized I had not gathered enough information to help attendees make good travel and lodging decisions. I had to take time out to do the research, which put me under a severe time crunch. I learned to do my research sooner. I haven’t had the problem since.”
Describe your best/worst boss.
Do not present a negative picture of any past employers. If given a choice, always talk about your best boss. If pressed to describe the worst boss, pick a work-related characteristic that can be stated in a positive way. For example, ”I had a supervisor who was vague when issuing assignments. I learned to ask questions so that I knew what was expected.”
In a job, what interests you the most/least?
Use this question to demonstrate how well you would fit the job being discussed. When discussing what you are least interested in, try to demonstrate a positive attitude.
What have you done to develop or change in the last few years?
Use this question to show that you are willing to be challenged and to improve. Employers are looking for people who are willing to continue learning. Talk about formal and informal educational opportunities that you have pursued. Mention books and periodicals you have read that are related to your field of interest.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
Telling the interviewer, ”In your job!” is not a good idea. Instead, indicate that you hope to acquire sufficient skills and knowledge within that time to make a positive contribution to the company.
Do you have any questions for me?
By asking questions, you again show interest in the job. Some suggested questions are listed below.