Land the Job with these Answers at your Next Interview

Interview Tips

1. How do you measure your own success?

A good place to start when preparing for this question, is checking the company’s website for a “Mission Statement,” section to learn how the company evaluates success. Formulate a definition of success that tallies well with that of the prospective employer. Make sure to emphasize areas where your personal values overlap with the company’s.

2. What do you offer that other candidates may not?

Interviewers often use questions like this to determine if you have an inflated view of yourself or possibly a tendency to be overly critical of your co-workers. Showcase your strengths without implying that you are above everyone else. Qualify your answer by beginning with a disclaimer that you don’t know the qualifications of the other applicants, then assert how your qualifications make you a great choice for the position.

3. What kind of work environment do you prefer?

Interviewers generally ask this question to determine how well you’ll fit in at the company. Do a bit of research on the company culture by checking out the “About Us” section of the company website. Be honest but be sure to let the interviewer know you’re adaptable.

4. What other companies are you interviewing with?

Avoid saying that this is the only job you’re considering; the interviewer may question your marketability if other employers aren’t showing any interest. The best option is to let the interviewer know you are exploring similar options within the company’s industry. Your best response includes explaining you are actively intervewing-but are most excited about this position.

5. What expectations do you have for your supervisor?

Phrase your answer in a way that brings attention to what supervisors can do to empower you to do your best work. You want to stress that you can work independently, but don’t leave the impression that you have a problem with authority. Don’t assume this question is an invitation to vent about former managers; focus instead on positive qualities of managers that help you do your job.

6. Use one word to describe yourself.

Your answer should reflect a strength that will be of value to the company. Show a bit of personality in your answer by using an anecdote or funny story that explains your answer. Use your answer to illustrate self-awareness with an in-depth answer.

7. Would you rather turn something in late and perfect, or on time and complete?

Your interviewer is looking to see if you get so caught up in perfectionism that you miss important due dates. Stress that you understand the importance of quality work but that meeting deadlines is always the priority. Use the opportunity to talk about how you have learned to hone your time management skills, especially when it would be easy to get side-tracked by the desire to make something perfect.

8. What questions do you have?

Use this common question to put to bed any issues that the interviewer may have. This is your final opportunity to leave a good impression on the interviewer – so make it count! Think carefully, and ask any questions you actually want answers to.