What will you be asked in an interview? Wouldn’t
it be nice to know this before you go to an interview?
Louise Kursmark provides this insight for nearly
all kinds of positions. She cites five classes of
interviewer directed conversation starters, not questions.
- Starting off questions to establish rapport and,
hopefully reduce the tension. Small talk.
Come prepared to thank her(him) for
the invitation, be willing to carry on some light
conversation with a positive, cooperative and
- Skill, competency and what you bring to the
company (your requirement is to demonstrate
a match to their needs.)
If you don’t know what the needs are or
the requirements of the position, clarification
may be in order.
- Relevant situational questions. (your role is
to clarify enough to be able to demonstrate
not only the response but also the manner in
which you explore uncertain things– patient,
respectful, good listening skills)
Be prepared to engage with
an (1 minute moment) experience story.
- Behavior-based questions. (clarify, again,
but also develop compelling, thoughtful
stories. Several acronyms for creating
stories are useful– CauseActionResult,
Many employers outside academia
try to predict future behaviors based on
what a person has done, how he(she) has
behaved in the past.
- Employee fit into company culture.
(This is where homework on a company
pays dividends. Knowing people who work
there, knowing recent good news about
company, exploring the web-presence of
a firm will help you relate your likes to
their mission, methods, and reputation.)
Homework to be able to match
motivations and valued experiences will
provide suggestions of examples.