Clear Creek Interview Tips
One of the most crucial parts of the job search process is
the interview. The first step in interview preparation is putting
together a professional interview kit. The kit should contain
the company profile, two or three copies of your resume, a pad
of paper and a pen, the company contact name and telephone number,
reference letters, a list of targeted job-related questions,
and directions to the interview. There are many different techniques
interviewers use in getting the information they want from a
Generally, the interview begins with an exchange of information
regarding the company and position you are applying for and a
series of questions directed to you regarding your professional
and personal background. Following this an interviewer may begin
asking more difficult questions designed to obtain information
about your work style and personal strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some examples of some difficult questions interviewers
ask and recommended ways to structure your answers.
How does this job compare with others you have applied for?
Be careful how you answer this question. It is actually another
way of asking "How many other jobs have you applied for and with
what companies?" Answer the question but put the right spin on
it. For example, "No two jobs are exactly alike and this one
is no exception. It is unlike any other that I have applied for."
Describe a difficult problem you have had to deal with.
This is a frequently asked question designed to reveal the
approach you take in solving problems. Think about answering
the question in two parts, describing how you go about solving
problems in general (i.e., "I consider all options before I come
up with a solution and then I take action") and then addressing
a specific problem you encountered and the way in which you solved
What are your greatest strengths?
Keep this answer short and to the point. Mention two or three
of your strengths and relate how these strengths will enable
you to perform well in the position for which you are applying.
What is your greatest weakness?
One way to answer this question is to mention a weakness you
had in a previous job and how you overcame it.
During the final segment, the interviewer generally allows
you to ask any questions about the job you are applying for and
the company. Here are some important questions you should ask
Is this a new position? If not, why is it open?
Many of these do's and don'ts are common sense, but we have listed
them anyway just to remind you.
Is there a high turnover rate in this position? If so, what
do you attribute this to?
How long have you been with the company?
Who would my supervisor be? Will I get the opportunity to
meet that individual?
What type of training, if any, is required for this position?
Will this position require travel? If so, how frequently?
Are there opportunities for growth within the company? If
so, in which areas?
How would you describe your "corporate culture"?
Who do you think is the company's biggest competitor? How
does your company compare to this company?
Does your company have regular performance reviews? If so,
how often do they occur and what model is utilized?
Arrive on time.
Give your interviewer a firm handshake.
Make direct eye contact and smile.
Take an interactive role during the interview.
Speak slowly and succinctly.
Use good grammar and diction.
Ask about the next steps in the process.
Ask the interviewer for his/her business card.
Thank the interviewer when the interview is over.
Send a thank you note to everyone you interviewed with at
Address your interviewer by his/her first name unless requested.
Sit down until invited.
Talk about race, religion, sex, equal rights or age.
Present copies of your work, unless asked.