Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions. It should be obvious that it's not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I've had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym. Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you're organized ("The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.") and efficient.
Follow these three easy research tips before your next job interview:
1) Visit the company website; look in the "about us" section and "careers" sections
2) Visit the company's LinkedIn page (note, you must have a LinkedIn account - its free to sign up) to view information about the company
3) Google a keyword search phrase like "press releases" followed by the company name; you'll find the most recent news stories shared by the company Remember, just because you have done your "homework", it does not mean you need to share ALL of it during the interview! Reciting every fact you've learned is almost as much of a turn off as not knowing anything at all! At a minimum, you should include the following in your answer:
1. What type of product or service the company sells
2. How long the company has been in business
3. What the company culture is like OR what the company mission statement is, and how the culture and/or mission relate to your values or personality
Never ask Salary, perks, leave, place of posting, etc. regarded questions. Try to ask more about the company to show how early you can make a contribution to your organization like "Sir, with your kind permission I would like to know more about induction and developmental programs?" OR Sir, I would like to have my feedback, so that I can analyze and improve my strengths and rectify my shortcomings.
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
No one likes to answer this question because it requires a very delicate balance. You simply can't lie and say you don't have one; you can't trick the interviewer by offering up a personal weakness that is really a strength ("Sometimes, I work too much and don't maintain a work-life balance."); and you shouldn't be so honest that you throw yourself under the bus ("I'm not a morning person so I'm working on getting to the office on time.") Think of a small flaw like "I sometimes get sidetracked by small details", "I am occasionally not as patient as I should be with subordinates or co-workers who do not understand my ideas", or "I am still somewhat nervous and uncomfortable with my public-speaking skills and would like to give more presentations and talk in front of others or in meetings." Add that you are aware of the problem and you are doing your best to correct it by taking a course of action.
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That's a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
☷ Have you ever had to introduce a policy change to your work group?
☷ What salary range are you looking for?
☷ If you worked as Contract Manager, what are you doing?
☷ What are you most proud of?
☷ What are your weaknesses?
☷ Your greatest weakness in school or at work?
☷ What is your personal mission statement?
When answering these typical Contract Manager interview questions stay focused on career goals and aspirations. You don't need to memorize an answer, but do think about what you're going to say. Let the interviewer know that you focus on getting the most important things done first.
☷ What are your salary requirements.
☷ Who else have you applied to/got interviews with?
☷ What major challenges and problems did you face?
☷ What is a typical career path in this job function?
☷ When was the last time you were in a crises?
☷ What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
☷ Tell me about a difficult experience you had in working.
☷ What are three positive character traits you don't have?
☷ What do you feel is the best educational preparation for this career?
☷ When were you most satisfied in your job?
Note down your answers. These may be useful later if the interviewers wish to confirm any answer with you as they forget or wish to discuss more. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. The interviewers want to know the real you, the potential candidate they may accept in.
☷ Would you rather write a report or give it verbally?
☷ Your greatest weakness in school or at work?
☷ Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
☷ What have you done to support diversity in your unit?
☷ Describe a time you were faced with stresses which tested your skills.