Clear Creek Information Technology provides account executive and software sales recruiting, business development and IT solutions staffing, as well as sales and information technology recruiting for the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Charleston, SC, Canada-Ontario-Toronto/GTA.

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 prospective employee.

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 it.

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 the interviewer.

    Is this a new position? If not, why is it open?

    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?

Many of these do's and don'ts are common sense, but we have listed them anyway just to remind you.


    Arrive on time.

    Give your interviewer a firm handshake.

    Make direct eye contact and smile.

    Listen carefully.

    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 the company.


    Address your interviewer by his/her first name unless requested.

    Sit down until invited.

    Smoke (before).

    Chew gum.

    Talk about race, religion, sex, equal rights or age.

    Present copies of your work, unless asked.