Congratulations on reaching this point in your career search! Before you
have an interview with your prospective employer, AurStaff will help prepare
you for this final step by providing you with comprehensive information
about the company, walking through the interview process, and coaching you
on potential interview questions.
Here are some tips to get you started.
General Interview Pointers
- Be prepared to sell your skills and strengths by planning ahead.
- Know your resume. Your prospective employer will have a copy in hand
so you need to be prepared to answer questions related to the profile
- Be confident in your skills and abilities! After all, you’ve made it
this far, which means the prospective employer has shown an interest in
- Don’t focus on the money and benefits leave questions and
discussion for the latter portion of the interview process, preferably
after an offer has been made.
- Reference the research you have on the company, which shows your
interest in the position and your ability to be a proactive employee.
- Avoid simple yes or no responses use this opportunity to sell
- Avoid ah, er, um these habits are especially noticeable on the
- Avoid interrupting or dominating the interview. Be a good listener!
- If it becomes apparent that there are specific skills required that
you don’t excel in, change the focus of the interview by emphasizing
- Let the prospective employer know you want the position but be
careful not to beg.
- Prepare several questions you would like to ask your prospective
- As the interview approaches conclusion, ask if your skills and
abilities meet the company’s needs. The response may provide you with an
opportunity to clarify concerns or provide additional information.
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Phone Interview Tips
Interviewing over the phone can be tricky because you only have your
voice to sell yourself that and your resume the interviewer will have in
hand. Think you’re at a disadvantage? Not in the least as long as you are
prepared and well organized.
- Prepare your environment for the phone interview. Choose a room away
from distractions such as doorbells, pets, and family noises.
- Keep a copy of your resume in front of you at all times.
- Have a pen and paper ready to take notes.
- Smile it will come through in your voice!
- Speak directly into the phone.
- Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink anything during your phone
- If you need time to think about an answer to the question, say so to
avoid “dead air time”.
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Face-to-Face Interview Tips
How you present yourself, both verbally and visually, is important when
interviewing face-to-face with your prospective employer.
- First impressions are important! Dress at the level of, or a step
above, the required daily dress of the company. For more information,
Dress for Success.
- Have a pen and paper ready to take notes. Keep a copy of your resume
in front of you you may need to refer to it during the interview.
- Avoid smoking just before your interview. Smoke will stick to your
clothing and may be distracting for some.
- Do not chew gum during your interview. Chewing gum is not a
professional activity and should never be done in a professional and
- Smile and make eye contact with your prospective employer!
- Know your route to the interview and arrive at least 15 minutes
early. You never know when you will encounter a traffic jam, a car
problem, or hit every red light in town. None of these should ever be
used as an excuse for arriving late for an interview!
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Potential Interview Questions
We want your interview to be successful, so we’ll coach you on potential
questions that you may be asked and offer you some valuable pointers. You
may also have questions you would like to ask your potential employer that
we have not already answered for you. Remember, AurStaff will have obtained
much information from the company before you have your final interview. You
will not want to ask questions if you already know the answer.
It’s always a good idea to prepare answers to questions ahead of time.
Common Interview Questions Asked By Employers
This is your opportunity to show the potential employer who you are and what
you can bring to their company. Take time to think of how you would respond
to questions you are asked during your interview. This is the time for you
Remember keep the interview focused on the positives of what you will
bring to the company. When asked about challenges and weaknesses, turn them
into a positive response!
- Tell me about yourself.
- How would you describe yourself?
- What are your long-range and short-range career goals? How are you
preparing to achieve them?
- What are your non-career related goals?
- What is your greatest strength and weakness?
- What was the greatest challenge you ever faced? How did you handle
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most
satisfaction in your job? Why?
- How do you think a friend or co-worker would describe you?
- What is more important to you money or the type of job?
- What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be
successful in your career/in this company?
- Why did you choose this career?
- Why would you like to work for this company?
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you feel you will be able to contribute to our organization?
- What specific skills do you bring with you?
- What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
- What do you know about our company?
- How do you determine or evaluate success?
- How well do you perform under pressure?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
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Questions You May Ask an Employer
While the purpose of the interview is to show the potential employer what
you can bring to the company, this is also a time for you to get to know the
employer. There will likely be an opportunity for you to ask questions.
Doing so will show that you are proactive and interested in the position.
Remember - do not ask questions if you already know the answer. Focus on
obtaining additional information about the employer so you can learn as much
as you can about the company and how you would fit into its structure.
- Is this a new position?
- What is the most important responsibility in this job?
- What characteristics do you most look for in a person for this
assignment? What characteristics does a successful person have at your
- Where is the last person who held this position working now?
- Are there regular performance evaluations? How is job performance
- What are the opportunities for advancement for someone with my
- What is the overall department structure where the position is
- Could you tell me about the primary people I would be working with?
- What has been the attrition rate in this department in the last five
- Describe the work environment.
- What is the company’s management style?
- Will the company use formal or on-the-job training? Please explain.
- Is there anything unusually demanding about the job that I should
- What do you forecast as future industry trends?
- What makes your company different from its competitors?
- Why do you enjoy working for the company?
- Is there anything else I can tell you about my qualifications?
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