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Governor Pat McCrory
Secretary of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III
Assistant Secretary W.T. Brinn, Jr.

Interview Tips

Before the interview

Interview Checklist
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At the interview

Questions that you might be asked
Think about how you will answer these questions. Then practice answering them aloud.

  1. What do you know about our company? (Use company research)
  2. What qualifications do you have for this job. (Match what you know about the job and company to your experience)
  3. What is your greatest strength? (Relate to job description)
  4. What is your greatest weakness? (Turn into a positive i.e. perfectionist with high expectations. Admit a past problem and what you learned from it.)
  5. Tell me about yourself. (Reveal something semi-personal but still professional.)
  6. Why did you leave you previous job(s)? (Turn into a positive.)
  7. If you were hired, what ideas/talents could you contribute to the position or our company?
  8. What would you do if...? (imagine situations that test your knowledge of the job.)
  9. Could you give me an example of how you have demonstrated __________ skill? (think first, be specific, speak only long enough to answer the question.)
  10. Give me an example of how you handled a difficult situation on a previous job.
  11. Why are you interested in working for this company? (relate your skills to what you know about the company.)
  12. Tell me about your education. (Use examples that relate to the position.)
  13. Why have you chosen this particular field?
  14. Describe your best/worst boss. (Keep it positive, don't be critical.)
  15. In a job, what interests you most/least? (Relate to position.)
  16. How do others describe you? (Keep it positive.)
  17. What do you consider the single most important idea you contributed or your most noteworthy accomplishment in your last job?
  18. Where do you see yourself in three years? (demonstrate ambition and flexibility.)
  19. How does this position fit into your future plans? (Demonstrate potential and ambition.)
  20. What could you have done better on your last job? (Keep it positive.)
  21. What have you done recently that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
  22. How would you describe yourself to others? (Keep it positive and brief.)

Questions that you should ask

  1. How do you feel about working in this organization?
  2. Were there any questions I didn't provide an adequate answer?
  3. As you think about the position, what aspects of this job could be performed better?
  4. What are the key challenges or problems of this position?
  5. Where can I go from here, assuming that I meet/exceed the jobs responsibilities?
  6. What are the company's short and long term objectives?
  7. When will a decision be made about this position?
  8. What do you see as my greatest strengths and weaknesses pertaining to this position?
  9. What are the opportunities for personal growth?
  10. What makes your firm different from its competitors?
  11. What do you see as the company's strengths and weaknesses?
  12. How would you describe your corporation's personality and management style?
  13. What is the overall structure of the department where this position is located?
  14. What characteristics does a successful person within your company possess?