/ Asked by Rebecca
What are some questions I can expect during an interview? I want to make sure I'm as prepared as possible for my interviews. My friends who just graduated are stressing me out because they say it's a really tough job market.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It's definitely good to think ahead and be prepared.  Some questions I appreciate being asked:

1. What would my career path be?
2. What does success look like for the role I'm being considered for?
3. How will my performance be measured and evaluated?
4. What can I prepare for or educate myself on prior to joining the organization?
5. What keeps you(the interviewer) engaged?

Good luck and don't be afraid to ask questions on items that are important to you. 
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
First of all don’t stress out! It is actually not too bad of a job market, however you should be ready to apply to 30 jobs a day and have an open mind about the type of work that you are willing to do. Now, for the interview questions I would group them into three sections:
1)      General questions: These are question to get to know, feel out your personality and see if you will be a good fit on the team and in the company.  The main thing that they are looking for within these questions is: “will you fit in and be someone people can enjoy working with?”  Some examples are:
  1. a.       Tell me about yourself?
  2. b.      Walk me through your resume, and tell me about each position/educational experience?
  3. c.       What hobbies do you enjoy?
  4. d.      In the work place what stresses you out the most?
  5. e.      What are you most proud of in your career so far?
  6. f.        What interested you in our firm?
2)      Job specific questions/hard skills: These are questions that will be industry specific. If you are a computer science major they will want to talk about what languages you can program in. If you are going into retail, they will want to know if you have had experience running a till. Be sure to study the job description and be able to discuss how your skills can benefit each one of the responsibilities.  These questions can come in many forms, here are some examples:
  1. a.       Direct questions
  2. b.      Scenarios-Written, verbal, role play or tests
                                                               i.      For example if you are going to interview for a technical support role, they may ask you to role play a scenario in where you explain to someone who has never seen a phone, how to use the phone.
3)      Wacky questions: Occasionally employers like to include questions that are totally strange. The goal of these questions is to catch you completely off guard and see how you react, as well get an insight into your creative side. I pulled some examples from glassdoor.com: http://www.glassdoor.com/Top-25-Oddball-Interview-Questions-LST_KQ0,34.htm  
  1. a.       If you could be any Disney character, who would you be and why?
  2. b.       How many snow shovels sold in the US last year?
  3. c.       What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
  4. d.      How does the internet work?
  5. e.      If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?
Occasionally, within one of these three groups they may also through in a question that is for you to highlight something bad about yourself.  “What is the biggest mistake that you have made at work?”, “When did you fail at something?” are a few examples of these questions. Be ready to speak on them. In my opinion it is best to address these maturely and honestly. It is OK that you have failed at something or that you made a mistake at work. Everyone makes mistakes! These are normal things that everyone goes through. The key within these questions is that you learned something and grew from it. Be sure that when you are discussing it, that you take ownership and don’t blame anyone else for what happened. Be sure to never say anything bad about a past manager, co-worker, or company. This says more about you than them, and can make it look like you have difficulties getting along with others.
More than any of these things, the best advice I can give you is to go into an interview relaxed and yourself. Enjoy getting to meet all the different people and use it as an opportunity to pick their brain as well. I wish you the best of look with your job hunt!
-Nell
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Questions can vary based on the company and type/level of position you are interviewing for. I would come prepared to provide examples from previous positions you have held, class examples, and club/organization involvement. Interviewers typically like to include situation based questions such as, “Tell me about a time when…” I would encourage you to think back to your experience and have relevant examples ready as it relates to leadership, team work, work ethic, personality, etc. You will want to be sure you come across confident in your answers and provide more than one word responses. If you need time to think about the question, let the interviewer know you need a minute. In my experience, interviewers will also want to know you have goals for yourself. Think about what you want to do in the future or where you hope to see yourself in 5 years. Make sure your response to this question is relevant to the position you are interviewing for. You don’t want to provide an answer that suggests you aspire to be in a different line of work or in a different company. Hiring managers typically look to hire employee’s that they can invest time and money in to and know they will remain with the company for several years. I would also encourage you to do your research on a company prior to interviewing. It’s important to the interviewer that you have a basic understanding of the industry. Read recent news and events as it relates to the company ahead of time so you can speak to the company’s current standing.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 14, 2014
Most interviews now consist of behavioral based interview questions.  These are questions that ask you to provide specific examples of your past behavior in a particular situation with the assumption that your past behavior is good predictor of your future behavior.  These questions typically start with 'Tell me about a time when...' or ' Give me an example of....'.  In each question, the interviewer is looking for three things - what the situation was, what you did specifically, and what the outcome was.  I recommend going out to Google and searching for behavioral interview questions and find sites that have sample questions.  Practice answering these questions ahead of your interview and you will be better prepared.  Keep in mind, employers are looking for candidates with strong leadership skills, so any chance that you have to draw upon that when answering questions, will be to your benefit.
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