6 Interview Prep Questions from Recruiting Pros

June 6th, 2014

People who go into an interview thinking that they will “wing it” almost never receive a job offer. A recruiter or hiring manager wants to see that you’ve done your homework and that you are invested in their company specifically, not just any job. Here are 6 questions from recruiting professionals that you should consider when preparing for your next interview.

  1. Why are you interested in our company? Here is where the recruiter is looking for your ability to do research prior to arriving to the interview. Before you step foot in the company doors look them up on the internet. Review their LinkedIn information and be as knowledgeable as you can about their product and services.
  2. What can you offer our business that your competition can’t? You have something that makes you stand out from the crowd: what is it? You don’t want to simply parrot the job description back to the recruiter; you want to show that you bring something more to the table. Talk about your accomplishments and how you can be of service to the company.
  3. What kind of manager do you like to work with? Recruiters place candidates with a number of different companies and in those organizations are different management styles. They want to match you up to the right one. Do you like someone who is hands on and works directly with their staff? Or do you prefer to be given more creative autonomy?
  4. Describe the type of environment you prefer? Some organizations are fast paced while some have a more casual approach to business. Companies can be conservative and professional or have a culture that includes ping pong tables in the break room. Your recruiter won’t want to place you somewhere that doesn’t match your personality.
  5. How would former coworkers describe you? References are extremely important to the hiring process. They want you to provide names of contacts who will give them a clear picture of who you really are. They also want to know how you think these people would respond when being asked about you. They want to see how closely your answer matches your references.
  6. Where you do see yourself in 5 to 10 years? The recruiter also wants to know that your career goals are in line with their client’s needs. As much as you may feel you need a job, accepting a position with a company that doesn’t match your long term goals will not serve your career.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn more!

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