Following is a list of questions job applicants may be asked. Pat Wheeler, of the Weber State University Goddard School of Business & Economics, suggests preparing brief, to-the-point answers to each question before a job interview. She also suggests interviewees dress professionally and send a prompt thank-you note after the interview.
Wheeler's 10 job interview questions:
1. Organizational skills.
Tell me the top three skills you feel you have.
2. Intellectual capacity (for recent graduates).
What classes did you take that taught you skills directly related to this position? What classes were the most difficult, and why? Why did you decide to attend Weber State (or another institution)?
3. Influencing others.
Give me an example of a time when someone disagreed with your point of view and how you persuaded that person your view was correct.
4. Interpersonal style and competence.
Give me an example of when your primary responsibility was to handle customers' problems or complaints, and tell me how you dealt with customer complaints that could not be resolved by employees you supervised.
5. Communication skills.
Give me an example of procedures or instructions that you have written that others have successfully been able to follow.
Other than your college graduation, what has been your most significant accomplishment to date? When faced by a major setback, how have you devised a strategy to overcome that setback?
7. Administrative skills.
How have you successfully coordinated work, school and/or family responsibilities while working or pursuing your degree? Give an example of work you have done that has required planning, prioritizing, scheduling and monitoring work for fewer than 10 people.
(Note: Wheeler advises against parents giving too much information about child care responsibilities because some potential employers might use it as a reason to eliminate job candidates.)
8. Fostering teamwork.
Your bonuses here will be based on pay for performance. That is, the entire team to which you're assigned will be evaluated on productivity. Imagine you've just been selected team leader and one member of the team is not pulling his or her weight, which is greatly affecting the performance outcome. What will be your response to this individual's actions?
9. Internal control and self-esteem.
Tell me the last time you were dishonest. Tell me the last time you made a decision that backfired.
10. Personal growth and adaptability.
Give me a specific example of when you were an agent of change. Describe an incident in which you had a disagreement or clash with someone in your work setting.