A few days before the interview, brainstorm a list of questions you think they may ask you. Prepare the answers and then practice them. Ask yourself what you would want to know about candidates if you were the hiring manager. The day before the interview, review the questions and answers again to make sure they are clear in your memory. This will help you remember the important things you want to tell the hiring manager about yourself, even if he or she doesn’t ask the same questions.
Some typical questions or issues to think about include:
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses related to this position?
- What experience do you have that makes you qualified for the position?
- If you are a recent graduate, explain how your education prepared you for the position or what you learned in your classes that would help you with this position.
- Why should we hire you? (This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself!)
- Be able to use the jargon related to the position.
- What did you like or dislike about your last position or supervisor?
- How did you handle a difficult situation or customer?
- What project management skills do you have that will help you be successful in this position?
- Why are you a good team player? Give examples.