I found a link that gives some good advice on the 25 most difficult questions a hiring manager would ask during a job interview. The article was written sometime in the ’80s and written for suits and other people seeking to get executive jobs (the advice may not help those getting a job at Foot Locker or UPS, which is *always* hiring). Nevertheless, advice like this is timeless and is worth sharing.
1. Tell me about yourself.
Since this is often the opening question in an interview, be extracareful that you don’t run off at the mouth. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Cover four topics: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience. Emphasize this last subject. Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. Don’t waste your best points on it.
2. What do you know about our organization?
You should be able to discuss products or services, revenues, reputation, image, goals, problems, management style, people, history and philosophy. But don’t act as if you know everything about the place. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research, but don’t overwhelm the interviewer, and make it clear that you wish to learn more.
You might start your answer in this manner: “In my job search, I’ve investigated a number of companies.
Yours is one of the few that interests me, for these reasons…”
Give your answer a positive tone. Don’t say, “Well, everyone tells me that you’re in all sorts of trouble, and that’s why I’m here”, even if that is why you’re there.
To read more: please visit http://www.datsi.fi.upm.es/~frosal/docs/25mdq.html