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Eight Common Topics for Discussion During an Interview

Credentials

Goal – place objective measurement on your background, education and training.

Sample questions:  What was your GPA?  How long were you at ABC University?  Why did you select this University?

 Experience

Goal – subjectively evaluate features of your background and achievements.

Sample questions:  What were your responsibilities in that position?  What have been your greatest accomplishments?

 Opinion

Goal – subjectively analyze how you would respond in a variety of situations or scenarios.

Sample questions:  What would you do in this situation?  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?

 Competence

Goal – align your past behaviors with specific competences that are required for the position.

Sample questions:  Can you give me an example of your specific leadership skills?  Explain how you developed or found a creative solution to a problem.

 Math Logic

Goal – evaluate not only your math skills, but also your creative ability in formulating the mathematical formula for providing an answer (or an estimate, as is often the case).

Sample questions:  What is 1,000 divided by 69?  How many golf balls could fit into a Kia?

 Problem Resolution

Goal – evaluate your problem-solving abilities and how you would analyze and work through potential case scenarios.

Sample questions:  How many gas stations are there in Japan?  What is your estimate of the global online retail market for books?

 Common Knowledge

Goal – get past your pre-programmed answers to find out if you are capable of an original thought.  There are not necessarily right or wrong answers.  This inquiry is mainly used to assess your ability to think on your feet.

Sample questions:  What kind of animal would you like to be?  What color best describes you?

 Behavior

Goal – anticipate future behavior based upon past behaviors.

Sample questions:  Can you give me a specific example of how you did that?  What were the steps you followed to accomplish that task?

 Additionally, be prepared for these general questions that are frequently asked of candidates:

  1. What do you know about our company?
  2. Tell me about yourself.
  3. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate for this position?
  4. What are two or three of your strongest attributes or qualifications?
  5. Can you provide us with an example of when you successfully used those attributes to resolve a problem?
  6. Can you give me an example of when you had to make an unpopular decision?
  7. Can you give me a specific example that showcases your leadership style and skills?
  8. Can you describe a time when you developed a creative solution to a problem?
  9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

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