If you’ve been in the work world for a good amount of time, perhaps 15+ years, you’ve probably been faced with most of the common interview questions from “What is your greatest weakness?” to “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.”
You’re a seasoned employee, after all. You’ve succeeded in past interviews. But if you’re gearing up for job interviews this summer, it’s helpful to hone in on the questions and prompts that recruiters are currently asking candidates nationwide. Brushing up on your responses and on the anecdotes you can share that illustrate your strengths is vital before any interview, no matter how senior you are. Resting on your laurels or previous interviewing experience can be detrimental.
We reached out to HR recruiters who are actively looking for sales, tech, marketing and creative talent to find out what questions they are actively asking candidates. As you prepare for a screening call or even a panel interview, be ready to serve up a top-notch answer to the following questions.
Inside Your Current Work & Role
1. What’s your favorite part of your current position?
2. What’s your least favorite part of your current position?
3. How would your manager describe you?
4. What areas of improvement would your manager mention?
5. What happened at your last company? Were you laid off? Terminated?
Exploring Your Interest In The New Job
6. What are you looking for in your next role?
7. Why do you think you’re a fit for this position?
8. What projects/tasks are you looking to do more of in your next job and what are you looking to do less of?
9. What is it that excites you about XYZ Company? Why XYZ Company?
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Digging Into Your Work Processes and Thinking
10. Please tell me more about your experience, mostly from your most recent/relevant company. I’d like to hear more about the projects you’ve worked on, technologies you’ve worked with, and any challenges that you helped the company overcome.
11. What drives and motivates you?
12. Tell me about a time when you utilized your emotional intelligence.
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Nitty Gritty Details
13. What’s your current salary?
14. Which other companies are you interviewing with, if any?
15. Can you share your references — four to six of your colleagues and managers along with their contact information? Can you get that to me by the weekend?
16. Are you willing to relocate?
17. Are you willing to travel? If so, how often?
18. What is your timeframe?
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