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Typical Questions & Questions to Ask the Recruiter

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Different Types of Interviews
Typical Questions & Questions to Ask the Recruiter
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Typical Interview Questions

Don't try to memorize (or fabricate) the "right" answers to interview questions. The only "right" answers are those that truthfully describe an event in your life, including what you learned from the event, what skills you developed, what skill you used, or what you would have done differently. Have confidence that your response is strong if it reflects active self-assessment, specific details and relates to the question being asked.

Also try to understand the question under the question; understand why the question is being asked and what the employer is evaluating. Respond with specific, thoughtful descriptions of your real past and present experiences, the skills developed and lessons learned from them.

Reasons for Studying Your Major

Employer Knowledge/Interest

Work and Academic Experiences

Motivations and Goals

Response to Failure or Criticism

Interaction with Others

Future Goals

Questions for You to Ask the Recruiter

Source: 201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, John Kador, McGraw Hill, 2002.

Do NOT ask these questions:

  • What will my salary be?
  • What does your company do?
  • What will I be doing on the job?
  • Where are you located?
  • Do I get overtime?

And the obvious ones not to ask:

  • Can I see the break room?
  • Are you married?
  • How many warnings do you get before you are fired?
  • What does this company consider a good absenteeism record?

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