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There is no single list of job interview questions that you can study that will allow you to be flawless. In the end, there you are likely to be surprised by the “tough question” in an interview sooner or later. Your best bet is to be prepared for the standard questions, and then tailor your preparation to the company. How, you may ask, can you tailor your preparation to a specific company? There many ways to find out specifics about company interviews. While every interviewer will ask different questions, there are some questions and styles that are standard for some companies. Read on.
Know the Basics – There are some basic questions that, if not specifically asked, should be communicated by you at some point in the interview. These questions (a few of which are listed below), will help you control the interview rather than have the interview control you:
- Tell me about yourself – Be prepared with a short, concise overview of who you are and what you do.
- Why do you want to work for our company? – Assuming for the minute that you would not be interviewing if there was not some interest, do your homework on the company (and the interviewer) before arrive.
- Why should we hire you? – This is where you go into your prepared pitch on your skills and experience and how they align to both the position and the company.
- The endless list of basic interview questions – Again, there is no definitive list of questions for which you can be prepared, but the following links will help you in your preparation:
Dress for the Part – Sounds basic, but you would be surprised what some people wear to an interview. There is no one dress code, every company and most industries have differences in their dress code. So rather than bore you with a fashion report, take a look at the following links:
- Tips to Dress the Part for the Interview
- 6 Interview Techniques You Need to Know
- How to Dress for an Internship Interview
Take Control – Like everything in life, it is better to be in control than to be controlled. To the extent possible (without being rude or too aggressive), try to keep the interview under control. How? See the following links.
Research the Company – You really need to learn as much as possible about the company where you are going to interview. With the Internet at your fingertips, this should not be a problem. You can also leverage sites like LinkedIn.com and ask people that work at the company. The following links should help:
- How to Research a Company Online Before Your Job Interview
- How to Build a Job Search – Company Research Revisited
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