500 Questions: Character Questions, Part Four

What is your energy like? Describe a typical day.

You must demonstrate good use of your time, that you believe in planning your day beforehand, and that when it is over, you review your performance to make sure you are reaching the desired goals.

What does the word “success” mean to you?

Answer this question from a personal as well as a professional perspective. If your successes come only through your job, the interviewer might begin to see you as little more than an automaton. If you demonstrate personal goals you have set as well, however, you will show balance.

What characteristics do you like in your coworkers?

The interviewer wants to know if you are compatible with the individuals you will be working with and how well you will fit in with the attitudes of the particular work group. Emphasize your ability to work in a variety of settings and with a diverse group of people.

What are your top strengths?

The interviewer is trying to match your strengths to the requirements of the position. Be sure to mention the strengths that are relevant to the job and company. Talk about your key skills and how you’ll use them in this job. Offer specific evidence, drawing parallels from your current or previous job to the job you are interviewing for.

What are some weaknesses you would like to improve?

Everyone has weaknesses. Employers are searching for individuals who are aware of them and who strive to improve them. Also, it is important that you do not mention a weakness that may impact your ability to succeed in the position.

Tell me about yourself.

For this question, the interviewer is interested in discovering traits which would be of benefit to the organization. Be sure to place yourself in a positive light by speaking about qualities considered to be an asset to any work place.

Tell me about a problem you had with someone whom you worked with, someone that you didn’t like.

Avoid discussing personality clashes and use examples that are specifically vague. Show how you strive to be tolerant of those you work with get along with your peers and associates. Focus on a difference in the work environment that the interviewer is likely to empathize with.

Is there anything else about you that I should know?

Absolutely! This is your opportunity to shine. Develop a short answer to this question that demonstrates your strengths, accomplishments, skills and areas of knowledge. Underline the points you have been trying to make throughout the entire interview.