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.