Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now
Watching:

Anticipating questions and preparing answers


From:

Acing Your Interview

with Valerie Sutton

Video: Anticipating questions and preparing answers

It is now time to prepare specific questions for your interview. Remember the purpose of the interview for the organization is twofold; to assess your skills and knowledge; and also determine the cultural fit. We will analyze the job description and develop a list of specific questions you may get in the interview. The first step is to start by analyzing the job description for primary skills and knowledge. Look at the Responsibilities and Qualifications sections to analyze this information.
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Acing Your Interview
38m 51s Appropriate for all Sep 20, 2012 Updated Jun 05, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Ace your interview and land the job you want. Join author Valerie Sutton as she explores the different types of interview questions and styles you might expect, and how to prepare for them by researching the company and practicing your answers. Uncover the best ways to create a good first impression and navigate the interview, as well as handle the tricky questions and identify the unlawful ones. Plus, learn how to assess your own performance, thank the company for their time, and follow up on a decision.

Topics include:
  • Understanding interview formats
  • Anticipating questions and preparing answers
  • Researching potential employers
  • Establishing good body language in the interview
  • Reviewing your performance
  • Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Subject:
Business
Author:
Valerie Sutton

Anticipating questions and preparing answers

It is now time to prepare specific questions for your interview. Remember the purpose of the interview for the organization is twofold; to assess your skills and knowledge; and also determine the cultural fit. We will analyze the job description and develop a list of specific questions you may get in the interview. The first step is to start by analyzing the job description for primary skills and knowledge. Look at the Responsibilities and Qualifications sections to analyze this information.

Let's take a look at an example Project Manager description. The four items that would be most important to prepare for include: Leading multiple software development and integration projects in Agile. Scoping projects and managing risk. Estimates projects using multiple techniques. Delivering them on time and on budget. Mentors and guides people. The second step is more elusive in that you have to determine the culture and desired fit.

Look for descriptive words related to culture. In this example it would be "can-do" attitude, take charge of conference room, and unflappable. If there are not words related to culture in the description, then you may want to schedule an informational interview. You can now create sample questions based on the three types. Let's begin with the knowledge and skills. For example, a Behavioral Question would be, "Give me an example of a project you have scoped and how have you managed the risk." A Situation Question would be, "Walk us through how you would scope the project and manage the risk." And finally, a Resume-based Question, "Your resume states you managed the Agile projects successfully; tell us more about it." You can also prepare questions for the cultural fit.

In our example they are looking for a "can-do" attitude and someone that is unflappable. They may ask a Behavioral Question like, "Give us an example of where you have pushed through an idea." Or a Situational Question like, "How would you push through an idea at this organization?" Or a Resume-based Question, "You mentioned on your resume that you initiated a project, how did you do this?" Now it is time to prepare answers for your sample questions. It's important to have good examples lined up to showcase your skills and knowledge for each of the responsibilities.

Remember to be detailed in your answer. Use SAR as a way to prepare and make your answers stronger. Describe the Situation, explain your Action, and let them know the Results. Although you can't anticipate every question, this will give you a strong starting point to prepare. In the next movie, we'll talk about effective techniques that you can use to practice.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Acing Your Interview .


Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
A: Discover more on this topic by visiting communication skills on lynda.com.
Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.
 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Acing Your Interview.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK

Upgrade to View Courses Offline

login

With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
lynda.com provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now
 

A trusted source for knowledge.

 

We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that lynda.com helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.