What employers look for:

  • Qualifications
  • Positive Attitude
  • Interest in the company and position
  • Stable work history
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Communication skills
  • High performance standards

A job interview focuses on "what you say" and "how you say it". As you probably already know, there are many different types of interviews and interview questions. Generally speaking, though, you're going to be asked about:

  • What you know - about your work experience, education, training, goals, character, personal qualities, the job that you're seeking, the company that you're interviewing for, and the knowledge required to perform the job that you're seeking.
  • Identify a problem or issue - given a situation, find the problem or issue. The question may focus on a situation that you've handled in the past or how you would handle a hypothetical situation.
  • Identify a solution - given the problem or issue, how do you proceed? The question may focus on a problem or issue that you've handled in the past or how you would proceed in a hypothetical situation. 

The questions may be straightforward or combine the above. For example, "Tell us about a safety issue at your current job. How did you handle the issue and what reports were you required to file?" Your goal is to provide an answer that not only answers the question, but also reinforce your qualifications for the position.

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