Know the Questions

When preparing for an interview it is important to know what is expected of you. A great way to be ready for anything is to practice answering some of the most popular interview questions. We have gathered the top 50 interview questions that you may come across. Below we have a link to the questions as well as some explanation of appropriate answers.

A few common questions:

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

3. What experience do you have in this field?

4. Why are you interested in working at our specific organization?

For more questions and suggested answers visit here: Top 50 Interview Questions and Interview Questions Asked by CEOs.


Know the Company

One of the best things you can do before a job interview is to study the company you are interviewing with. By researching the company and the job opening you will get a better understanding of how you could fit in the position. It is important to know the industry the company operates in and the type of work you will potentially be doing. Research the company’s history, their past projects, and current employees. If you know the name of the person interviewing you then research their work history as well. The company website or LinkedIn are good sources for this. The more informed you are the better prepared you will be and the more interested you will appear.

Potential questions to ask your interviewer:

    1. How was your experience working on (Past Project) ?
    2. What can the right candidate do to help the company progress in ways (A, B, or C) ?
    3. I loved (Past Project)... What future objectives does the company have in that direction?


Know How to Dress

What you wear to an interview is crucial because the interviewer’s first judgment of you will be based on physical appearance. You generally want to overdress than underdress, but it depends on the type of company you are applying for. It’s important to learn the dress code and work environment of every job you interview for.

Nevertheless we suggest dressing professionally for every interview, regardless of the work environment. In general, a candidate dressed in a suit (and tie for men) or in a professional skirt and blazer (for women) will make a much better impression than someone dressed more casually. However, as Forbes magazine notes, "it’s imperative to check out the office attire prior to showing up for the interview. It’s another bit of research that you can arm yourself with to give you an edge." View dress code tips to learn what to wear for an interview at professional, casual and startup companies.


Last Minute Tips

One of the most important parts of the interviewing process is your comfort level. Here are some tips:

1. Stay calm – keep relaxed and be yourself

2. Generate questions for the interviewer – about the company, position, hiring process

3. Don’t be shy – be friendly, engaged, give thoughtful & concise answers, act like you want to be hired


1-to-1 Assistance

You’re encouraged to visit with one of our Career Advisors for tips on interviewing. Phone and in-person appointments are available. Please make an appointment through Handshake or call us at 562.903.4875. We look forward to serving you!

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