Thanks for the tips! I'm having a hard time getting into the interview frame of mind. I was laid off just one week ago, so I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I'm actually going on an interview!Hi Deleckidesign, Good luck to you!!!
I posted this in another thread but it's applicable to you here:
Google "interview questions" or search on Monster. There are great repositories of standard questions out there.
I'm a corporate recruiter and no matter what company I've worked for, a candidate *not* having even one question about the job or the company is a major red flag among recruiters and hiring managers alike.
Consider it this way: interviews are a two-way street. Just as the company is trying to determine if you have the skills, experience, "fit" for their job, you should also be trying to determine if the job, responsibilities, promotion opportunities, and company/culture are right for YOU.
Therefore, examples of some question you may want to ask are below. Of course you'll need to tailor them to your situation and the job to which you are applying.
- What are the most important skills a successful candidate should bring to this position?
- Can you share some examples of skills someone working in this job will develop?
- Please share the career path for someone in this position. What promotion opportunities are available? What are the approximate timeframes or scenarios when someone might be eligible for review for promotion?
- What is the definition of success for someone in this job?
- How is performance measured for this job in this company?
- Are there regular performance review periods? Do these feed into salary/promotion reviews?
- Is there a formalized upward evaluation process?
- How many other people work in this area/department/function?
- What is the average tenure of someone in this job?
- Is this job on that's newly created or is it to replace someone? If it's new, why was it created? If it is a replacement, is the outgoing person still at the company to provide a transition period?
- What is the supervisor's management style? How long has s/he been in his/her role?
- How would YOU (interviewer) describe the company culture?
- What do YOU (interviewer) like about working at this company?
- What do YOU (interviewer) dislike about working at this company?
- Does this company support long-term growth? (this has more to do with the stability of the company)
ETA: Sharing a major super-secret of the industry...if you can get the interviewer to talk about HIM/HERSELF, s/he usually has a more positive feeling of you/your candidacy after the interview. I swear. Everyone loves to "tell their story" and I've used this strategy pretty successfully in nearly all of the interviews where I've been on the candidate side of the table.
There are several interviewing hints threads in the GD section, check 'em out!
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Lastly, before your interview, stand in front of a mirror and PRACTICE ALOUD answers to standard interviewing questions, like "Tell me about your experience and how it fits into this job"; "What specific skills do you bring to this job/company"; "What is one of your weaknesses or strengths?"
Once you get used to saying the words out loud by yourself, you'll be sure as heck to feel tons more comfortable saying them during the actual interview itself.
I am also a graphic designer, so I know your nervousness. In a sea of designers with HUGE portfolios and degrees, you and your portfolio must shine.I have an interview tomorrow with a small design firm (I'm a graphic designer).
Please post questions you have been asked for an interview. I'm hoping this will help get me thinking about how I would answer them!