Interview Prep

The interview is one of the most crucial steps in the hiring process, especially for the candidate.  This is the first opportunity for you to make an impression in person.  And as is the case with most endeavors in business and in life, preparation is of the utmost importance.  It could mean the difference between securing the position and coming up empty.

Below are some questions you need to be prepared to answer:

  • How will you be an asset to our company?  (This is a good opportunity to mention prior achievements, without being boastful)
  • Describe a leadership role, other than sales management, that you’ve held.
  • What has been your greatest challenge?
  • Give me an example of a problem that arose and how you solved it.
  • Tell me about a project you initiated.
  • What types of situations put you under pressure and how have you dealt with such situations?
  • Give me a situation in which you failed.  How did you deal with it?
  • How do you work with difficult people?
  • What’s been your greatest accomplishment?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • What motivates you?
  • If I asked people who know you to describe you, what three words would they use?
  • Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was difficult. How did you handle it?
  • What traits are most important for a good manager?
  • Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud. What was your contribution?
  • What type of environment appeals to you the most?
  • What characteristics are most important in a good manager? How have you displayed one of them?
  • What makes someone a good leader?
  • What are your expectations of a good employer?
  • What do you do in your spare time?

With adequate preparation, you’ll increase your chances of success in any interview dramatically.  If you have any questions about this topic, please contact me at