You can peruse a recent article that addresses the interviewing
continuum which indicates the “big picture” and that all phases
of the interview process require rehearsing, planning and
understanding our actions and responses.
In the article it states that many of the interview questions can be
predicted. Please note typical “interview questions” in the
blogroll. The WSJ noted what I observed in mock
interviews this year in Denver, Chamberland, SD, Buffalo,
NY, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Palm Springs and other places in
a “What not to say in a job interview.“ [Kelly Eggers
Let me build on some of the comments:
Question: Tell me a little about yourself…
Your response is “off the mark” if you tell about your family life
as a youngster, your second grade or high school teacher or
your birth chronology.
Ask for clarification of what the interviewer seeks, then
speak to relevance related to the job and your suitability
for working there.
If you start off wrong, correct your comments quickly.
Question: Why do you wish to leave your current position?
It is easy for new grads or post-docs, but mid-career people need
to reflect on their personal goals, the positive attributes of the
company being interviewed and not offering shallow,
negative comments about your current employer.
Avoid pay, location and benefits, unless you are moving from
part-time to full-time or short term to permanent.
In general– clarify, clarify.