Glossary Term: Interview

Definition

A job interview is a formal meeting in which a hiring organization assesses a job applicant to determine their fit for a particular role. Interview topics typically include the candidate’s prior job experience and behavioral characteristics, as well as team and organizational fit. During a hiring process, the job applicant typically participates in a number of interviews, starting with the screening interview with the recruiter, followed by manager and peer conversations.

What are the 10 most common interview questions and answers?

Interview topics typically include the candidate’s prior job experience and behavioral characteristics, as well as team and organizational fit. Typical interview questions include:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you applying for this organization?
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Which experiences have prepared you for this position?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced a conflict at work. How did you manage it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had a challenging client project. How did you handle it?
  • What are your career aspirations, where do you see yourself at [company] in the future?
  • What are your salary expectations?

How do you prepare for an interview?

There are a number of ways to best prepare for a job interview, and methods differ depending on the job one is applying for. For most interviews however it is advised to be well-informed about the company and its vision, mission, targets, and challenges. It is also important to have a good understanding of the job description and the requirements of the role. One might also think of previous job experiences, and prepare for telling concrete stories relevant to the particular aspects of the role in question.

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