In the past month, I had 2 interviews for 2 different positions for the upcoming 2017-18 year. The first interview I had was about an hour long and consisted of approximately 10 questions. Some of the questions were basic interviewing questions (which are listed here in my FAIQ) while others were definitely a notch up and needed proper prepping beforehand. To be honest, I didn’t do so hot in this interview because I was visibly and audibly nervous, my answers for 2 questions were bs’ed on the spot, and halfway through the interview, I realized I actually didn’t want the position anyway.
Regardless, I view all interview practice as valuable practice. Here are the questions I remember from the first interview:
- Tell me about yourself
- What makes you a good fit
- Why should we hire you
- Why do you want this position
- Do you have any prior event-planning experience
- What are the challenges you anticipate while working this position
- How do you recommend going about learning new software
- Do you have any ideas for promoting our program
- Describe a situation where you had something time sensitive but couldn’t reach out to anyone about it
- Describe a situation where you used your interpersonal skills to offer a service
I underlined the questions that I believe will show up in almost all future interviews — these questions can be worded differently, they demonstrate your knowledge in the field, and they make you think on your feet.
I asked for interview feedback about a week after, making sure I knew what TO DO and what NOT TO DO for the next interview, which was only a week away. Here is what the interviewer said:
- It was obvious that you were nervous. It’s fine though because we expect everyone to be nervous when interviewing.
- You had all the right answers but there seemed to be a lack of passion for the position. Smiling and being personable is definitely important. It’s understandable that it is difficult to be smiling when you’re very nervous.
- In terms of your answers, maybe go more in depth about your projects.
- You had extensive knowledge about the program we offer and about the department.
There were definitely up’s and down’s about this interview, but I patted myself on the back about what went well, and immediately got to work on what I needed to improve. Despite the challenges I faced during my first interview, such as stuttering and being nervous, I was able to kill my next interview and I was able to land the job I wanted! My stuttering was almost nonexistent, except for one moment where I had trouble pronouncing this blog name 🙁 but overall, I was able to demonstrate my knowledge and passion for the position. I also shared ideas that could be used in the future.
My interview prepping tips can be found in a next post sometime soon, so keep a look out for it!
Good luck on your job prepping journey 🙂