If you’ve done your research and know how to (verbally) describe your KSA’s, you’re on your way to acing an interview!
Your ability to do so will determine offers. The purpose of the interview is to determine fit and get the job offer. Impressions are made within the first few seconds. During interviews employers expect nervousness. They won’t accept lack of preparation!
Answer questions confidently by practicing before the interview.
TIP: Common questions are taken from applications, resumes and job descriptions. You know your background; respond confidently! Frequently asked questions are skill-based and open-ended. Use detailed summaries and accomplishment statements that use numbers to show production.
- Tell me about yourself?
Can you describe your own skills in detail? Credibility is lost if you can’t. Personality Traits are no substitute for job specific skills!
- What do you know about this company?
Have you done your research? Familiarize yourself with and be able to repeat key company facts.
- Why did you leave your last job?
This is not a “trick question.” If you were laid off (or down-sized) say just that! If the reason was potentially negative, take an Interviewing seminar at Workforce Solutions to learn how to respond.
Interviews are conversations. Ask questions with conviction. If not, the employer assumes there’s no interest! Develop questions beforehand.
- When will you make a final decision?
Once the employer responds, remind him that you want the job by asking for it!
- Tell me more about the position?
Ask this question after you have given appropriate responses to the employer’s questions otherwise your listening ability will be questioned.
- May I see where I will be working?
Own the position before it’s offered by suggesting that you are personally invested.
IMPORTANT! Never ask about benefits during an interview, especially before an offer has been made. Rate of pay, vacation, health or retirement are also inappropriate. Research provides most answers.
Selected Common Interview Types
There are many variations of interview types. Expect to deliver company facts and your skills no matter what the variation.
Phone (Pre-Screening) (Types of Pre-Screening Interview Questions)
- Skills based, used for clarification and often conducted via phone or email.
- Failure to impress eliminates the need for the in person interview.
In-Person (Selection) Review (Employer’s viewpoint link).
- Typically the first interview after pre-screening.
- Expect any variation of in-person or panel interview style.
- You must be able to describe your own skills in order to secure an offer.
Panel (Panel Interview Questions)
- When there is more than one interviewer at a time the goal is the same. To get the job offer!
- Make sure you maintain eye contact and acknowledge each member of the team.
Virtual (Tips for virtual interviews)
- Computer monitor, speaker and microphone must be in working condition.
- Questions may be forwarded in advance via email.
- You will need a quiet place and a quiet environment.
Join me for tomorrow‘s final discussion, “Etiquette, Branding, and Final Tips”
Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.