me about yourself.
- What are your greatest strengths?
are your greatest weaknesses?
should I hire you?
two or three accomplishments have given you the
most satisfaction? Why?
did you select Lewis University?
led you to choose your major?
has your college experience prepared you
for your career?
are your short and long term career goals?
the relationship that should exist
between a supervisor and subordinates.
what kind of work environment are
you most comfortable?
do you handle pressure at work?
do you know about our company?
do you want to work here?
two or three things are most important
to you in a job?
kinds of decisions are most difficult
for you to make?
kinds of people do you most enjoy
you prefer to work alone or with
do you handle rejection?
you think your grades accurately
reflect your academic achievement?
have you learned from participating
in extracurricular activities?
motivates you to put forth your
is more important to you, the money
or the type of job?
what ways do you think you can
make a contribution to this company?
you have any questions?
interviewers ask an illegal question. This is a question that
does not pertain to the nature of the job or your ability to do
that job. Most often this question is not asked of every applicant,
but may still be used in making a hiring decision. You do not
have to answer an illegal question, but you can if you feel comfortable
more information on interviewing or a complete list of illegal
questions and suggested replies, visit the Career Services library.
For interviewing practice, sign up for a mock interview with
a career counselor.
You Might Want to Ask
should always have two or three questions in mind to ask the
interviewer. This will show him/her that you are enthusiastic
about the company. It will also give you a clearer picture of
what the company is all about.
is an example of a typical career path, beginning with this
type of person succeeds in this position? Company?
- What are the most important responsibilities of the position?
are the company’s strengths? Weaknesses?
are the company’s long term growth plans?
type of feedback can I expect?
kind of training can I expect?
would be my initial duties and responsibilities?
many entry-level positions do you normally fill each
is the turnover rate among company personnel? Why?
is this position open?
is your management style (if talking with your
manager to be)?
would a normal working day be like in this
I be expected to resolve issues independently,
or will there be an opportunity to consult
are new ideas sought? Acted upon? Rewarded?
it possible to transfer from one division
and/or location to another?
exactly will I be expected to accomplish in the next
there be opportunities for advancement?
do you feel are my strengths and weaknesses
for the job?
- Bring several copies of your resume and your references
in a plain folder.
- Watch your non-verbal communication. Pay attention to
your posture and eye contact (don’t stare).
- Don’t exagerate or lie.
- Expect to spend some time building rapport because personal
chemistry is a main ingredient in the hiring process. Try
to get comfortable
with the interviewer. Being comfortable will help the rest of the interview
- Don’t interrupt the employer.
- Pay attention to the timing of your answers. Use silence
and intentional pauses to your advantage. Time is occasionally
needed to think and reflect.
- NEVER slight a former employer, colleague,
teacher or institution. The employer may assume that you
will someday do the same
- If you catch yourself making an error or contradiction,
- BE YOURSELF! You don’t want to get hired on the basis of
something you are not. You want to be hired for who you are.