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Why Prepare for the Interview?

Interviews are the most nerve-wracking experience you will have during your pre-employment assessment. During the interview, you need both to deliver smart, crispy answers and sound composed and professional. Simultaneously, you need to appear engaging and positive in order to convince your prospective employees that you will be a strong asset to their company.

You can increase your chances of passing your interview with flying colors, if you prepare for it beforehand. Our sophisticated interview PrepPack™ contains valuable words of advice that will help you create a lasting impression on your recruiters.



What to Look Out for During the Interview

Below are tips for how to approach different aspects of the interview process which are important to pay attention to in order to leave a good impression and land your dream job.

  • Body language: Body language is not just about making eye contact, looking well-poised and smiling during the interview. It’s also about feeling at ease as well. Once you feel confident and optimistic, your body language will reflect this.
  • Tone of voice: Although the content of your answer is an essential factor, your tone of voice will say a lot about how you are feeling during the interview. If you sound hesitant, then your interviewer will pick up on that right away. If you believe in yourself, then your tone of voice will be self-assured and optimistic, which is sure to impress your interviewer.
  • Entering the room: First impressions are critical for establishing a lasting influence. After all, the first seven seconds of meeting a new person are believed to impact the way they see you from then on. Greet your interviewer with a warm smile, a confident handshake, and a positive attitude.
  • Show your strengths: Instead of focusing on the areas where you may be lacking in terms of education, work experience, and skills, focus on your points of strength. Make sure not to apologize for having a weakness, since it shows insecurity, and discuss your talents, skills, goals, and relevant education and work experience.
  • Truthfulness: Being honest during an interview is important, however, you should treat your interview as a marketing campaign. This means that you should try to emphasize your good qualities, rather than being ‘too open’ by disclosing your weaknesses as well. The interview is a place to present, not ‘expose’, yourself.
  • Dress code: There is no generic dress code that is required for interviews since the dress code should fit the position you are applying for. It is common to wear slightly fancier clothes than you would normally wear day-to-day, and to dress appropriately for the occasion.



What Questions Are Asked During Interviews?

Interviewers seeking to form an objective opinion about job candidates ask them several types of questions during the phone and face-to-face interviews. The most common types of these questions are the following:

  • General questions that seek to find personal information about candidates’ motivations and career aspirations.
  • Competency-based or behavioral questions that target a specific skill or competency. Candidates are asked about their behavior in specific circumstances.
  • Situational questions invite candidates to describe a challenging situation which they successfully improved.
  • Technical questions center on applicants’ knowledge of technical terms and tools and technical processes with which these tools are operated. Technical questions are usually highly specific, tailored to candidates’ area of specialization.



Read the examples of these types of interview questions in the sections below:

  • Tell us about yourself. 
  • What would make you valuable to our company? 
  • What courses did you take in college that will help you succeed in your new position?
  • In what role would you eventually see yourself?
  • What do you know about the position for which you are competing? 
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • If you were in charge, what would you change in our company?
  • What are your daily activities at the current job?  
  • Why do you think you will fit our company?  
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your ideal type of manager?
  • Why do you want to leave your present workplace?
  • If we contact any of your previous employers, what do you think they would say about you?
  • Are you able to complete tasks with minimal supervision?
  • How do you handle disagreements or critique in the workplace?  
  • How do you handle difficult phone calls?
  • How would you deal with an irate colleague?
  • How would you resolve a problem with your manager?
  • What would you do on your first day if you get hired?  
  • Give us an example of a time when you led the team.
  • Tell us about a time when you solved a problem creatively in the workplace.
  • Tell us about a time when you failed to finish a project or a task.
  • Provide an example of when you gave above and beyond good customer service?
  • Describe a time where you were given feedback and you implemented it.  
  • Give me a time when you had to analyse something. What did you do and what did your findings entail?  
  • How do you explain to customers that they need to do something different?
  • Describe a situation when you had to collaborate with a difficult co-worker.
  • Describe a situation in which you worked as a part of a team.  
  • Describe something challenging that happened at a job and how did you deal with it.  
  • Describe a situation where you took the lead.
  • Tell us about a time you had to multitask and how you handled this.  
  • Tell me about a situation in solving which you made an error and explain how you corrected it.  
  • Describe a situation in which you worked well alone. 
  • Describe a situation when you did not meet a goal or deadline.  
  • Describe your approach to making decisions and solving problems. Why do you do it this way?
  • Describe a project you successfully managed end-to-end. What challenges did you face and what did you do to overcome them?
  • Describe the work environment or culture in which you have experienced the biggest success.
  • Describe a time when you had to handle a task with little or no direction.
  • How much leeway do you give your employees to make decisions? How do you still maintain control?
  • What experience do you have with FERC?
  • If you were replacing a large diameter pipeline in a commercial area, what considerations would you make to assure the pipeline was installed successfully?
  • How is stopping and terminating an instance different from each other?
  • How do you address cache coherency?
  • What is cloud computing?
  • Which algorithm does an Elastic Load Balancer use?
  • What is EBS?
  • What is TCP and UDP?
  • What is your experience with HPLC?
  • Create an algorithm that takes in a string and returns “true” if there are no repeating characters in the string, and “false” if there are repeating characters.
  • How are Spring MVC architecture and Hibernate related? 



Interview Questions and Answers

 

Question: How Should I Answer Interview Questions?

Answer: First and foremost, the way you answer the interview questions is key to having a successful interview. When you give over your answer, be sure that it is straight to the point and honest. This will help you give a definitive and clear answer, without giving over irrelevant information. Your interviewer wants to make sure that you are not avoiding the questions asked and that you are portraying your traits and skills.



Question: Should I Also Be Asking the Questions?

Answer: Although your role as the interviewee is to answer the questions being directed towards you, feel free to ask related questions at appropriate instances throughout the interview as well. Asking the right type of questions will reflect your confidence and genuine interest in finding out more about the company and the job position you are applying for. In some cases, you may be given this opportunity at the end of your interview, which offers a great opportunity for you to find out any information you want. Many questions posed by your interviewer can be used as a basis for you to end your answer with any relevant questions you may have as well.

 

Prepare for Your Interview with JobTestPrep

Knowing how to prepare for your upcoming interview and receiving helpful advice can be the key to acquiring your dream career. At JobTestPrep, we offer all-inclusive practice materials to help you prepare. Our interview guide offers useful ideas and customized tools to start you on your way of success. We also offer helpful tips on how to conduct yourself during your interview with recruiters, to inspire them to put you at the top of their list. Get ahead of your competition and start preparing today!

 

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