Boost your Job Interview IQ with these Industry Expert Tips
November 25, 2013 | Career Blog
Just about anyone can look good on paper, but when it comes to the in-person interview, not everyone can craft thoughtful answers about their work strengths and professional goals on the fly. That’s where interview practice is particularly helpful.
If you haven’t done many job interviews or you’re easily nervous and flustered in such situations, spending some time thinking through common interview questions and responses can help you ace that next interview.
At Allegiance Staffing, the interview process isn’t something we take lightly. It’s part of our 3-Day Hiring Process in which everyone interested in a temporary staffing position must come to one of our offices three times to be tested, screened, interviewed and vetted. That means job candidates need to be prepared to answer a variety of questions on their skills, work experience and overall competence and job commitment.
Most job interviews include a series of questions about previous work experience, a particular skill set and length of time in the industry. Those questions are fairly straightforward but you should still be prepared to concisely explain your qualifications.
Frequently, interviewers will ask another series of questions designed to determine the kind of person you are, your commitment to the job and whether you’re a fit for the company and its culture.
Some of those questions might include:
- What is your work style (independent, self-starter, team oriented)?
- How have you dealt with a difficult situation or co-worker?
- What unique skills and qualities can you bring to this job/company?
- What was your greatest accomplishment at your last job?
- Have you made a mistake on the job? How did you handle it?
- Give an example of how you worked on a team?
These types of questions take a little more thought so it’s important to think through your responses so you’re prepared for the interview. Also consider how a potential negative answer can really be a positive. For example, if you did make an error on the job, give it a positive spin explaining how you took responsibility for the error and worked to make it right (stayed late to fix it, apologized to the customer, etc.).
The interview is highly important, but it’s just one piece in the entire hiring puzzle. Other factors include how you dress for the interview, if you show up on time and what your background check will reveal. To prepare for an upcoming job interview, download our free ebook, “10 Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview.” Don’t let sloppy mistakes and a lack of planning end your interview before it barely begins.