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So You’ve Gotten the Coveted Interview

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: June 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

What now?

The rule of thumb is preparation, preparation, preparation.

How do you prepare for an interview?

By rehearsing your answers to some of the most common questions asked during an interview.

A few questions you may be asked:

• What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life?

• How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?

• Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation.

• What influenced you to choose this career?

• At what point did you choose this career?

• What specific goals have you established for your career?

• What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them?

• What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?

• How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.

• Do you have the qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career?

• What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?

• If you could do so, how would you plan your college career differently?

• Are you more energized by working with data or by collaborating with other individuals?

• How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?

• What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?

• Given the investment our company will make in hiring and training you, can you give us a reason to hire you?

There are obviously hundreds of possible questions you may be asked. However, by practicing on key questions as to what you can bring to the company and what you want from it, you’ll go a long way toward acing your interview.