Good Interview Questions: How To Stump The Interviewer
During the limited time an interviewer has to spend with you, they need to assess your worth, especially in relationship to the other candidates interviewed. Asking you questions is their way of doing that.
Since interviews are two-way streets, your time should be spent assessing the position, the company, the employees and anything else that could sway you toward, or detract you from, the job opening at hand. You will therefore want to come to the interview prepared to ask your own questions.
Keep in mind that although an interviewer may like you and want to see you continue through subsequent interview stages, you may decide that, based on their responses to the questions you have posed, the job may not be for you.
Typical interview questions asked
The following represents a sampling of typical interview questions you may get asked. Preparing meaningful responses in advance will impress your interviewer:
- Tell me about yourself.
- How are you different from other candidates?
- Why should I consider you for this position?
- If hired you, what will your greatest challenge be?
- Tell me how you would perform on the job, if it is offered to you?
- What qualifications do you possess that pertain to this position?
- Tell me about your professional background.
- What did you like best (or least) about your most recent job?
- Name your biggest strength.
- What are your areas of weakness?
- What are your goals – short and long-term?
- What was a big accomplishment (or disappointment) in your previous job?
- What motivates you to be successful?
- Why did you leave your last position?
- How would your previous boss or peer describe you?
- What was a major problem you faced in your last job and how did you handle it?
Good interview questions to ask
The following represents a sampling of questions you will want to ask. Knowing ahead of time the responses you require will allow you to quickly assess the viability of your pursuing the position further:
- Are you the one who will be making the hiring decision?
- How much travel is involved?
- Where do you see the company headed?
- What are the company’s short and long-term goals?
- How would you size up the company’s market share?
- What are the opportunities for growth here?
- What new products (or services) are being developed?
- How would you assess revenues, year over year?
- How would you describe the corporate culture?
- Is this a new position, or am I replacing someone?
- If I am replacing someone, what happened?
- What are the responsibilities of the position?
- What are the biggest problems facing your company?
- What qualities are you looking for in a candidate?
- What is the next step in the interview process?
- What is your timeframe for bringing someone on board?
Preparing for typical interview questions, and preparing good interview questions to ask in return, could spell the difference between being lost in the shuffle or standing out from the crowd!