Learn the importance of who is asking the questions during a job interview. In this video tutorial, Valerie Sutton, director of Career Services at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will guide you through how questions from human resources managers, supervisors, and co-workers differ and how to make a great first impression.
- Depending on the position you are pursuing, you may have multiple rounds of interviews with a variety of people throughout an organization. As you plan to answer questions, you should consider who is asking the question. Often interviewers are not trained, so they rely on common questions they have heard in their own interviews. Depending on each individual, and the role they have in the organization, they will be looking for very different things. Let's review what a human resource manager, a supervisor, and coworkers, might be looking for in an interview.
A human resource manager is often not the decision maker in the hiring process. They however are responsible for ensuring a candidate has the basic qualification, and is a fit for the position. They often are the first to talk you through what is called a screening interview. They'll ask some basic questions to gauge your interest in the organization, and confirm basic qualifications. A supervisor on the other hand is going to be looking for how you have excelled in your past experiences, and test more on specific skills and knowledge you would bring to the job.
They want to know that you are tactful, committed to the company, and job. They'll be quite knowledgeable about the specifics of the role, and you won't be able to fake your way through it. Be prepared with specific examples that showcase skills, knowledge, and fit. Your potential coworkers will be concerned that you have the skills and knowledge for the job, but they will be most concerned with your fit. They'll be the ones spending the most time with you, and want to understand how you communicate and work on a team.
If you are going to be interviewing with multiple people in one day, and a human resource manager does not provide you with a schedule prior to your interview day, you can request this information. This will help you prepare for each interview that you may have. For example, you might say, "To help me as I prepare for the interview, "it would be great to have my schedule, "and who I might be interviewing with. "Is that possible?" By knowing your schedule, you can make sure to address each person's concern, and be sure to make the best impression during the interview.
- Tell me about your strengths
- Tell me about your weaknesses
- Why are you interested in our company?
- Why did you leave your previous company?
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation
- What questions do you have?