Lately I've been going through the interview process with headhunters and prospective hiring managers, and certain questions come up again and again. Here are the short answers, so next time I can just point my interviewers to this blog — kidding!
1. Q: What's your greatest weakness?
A: I can be too much of a perfectionist.
2. Q: What's your greatest strength?
A: My personal integrity. I say what I mean, and mean what I say.
3. Q: Describe a recent situation in which you committed an error.
A: While configuring a new IBM server, I forgot to enable RAID.
4. Q: What did you learn from this incident?
A: Next time, ask for help if you're not sure what to do.
5. Q: How do you handle difficult situations? Give an example.
A: Left my mug on a colleague's desk. She tore a strip off me in public.
6. Q: How did you respond?
A: I ignored her for days, until she broke down and apologized.
7. Q: Describe a work accomplishment you're especially proud of.
A: In over 2 years, a company I looked after didn't get a single virus.
8. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Doing consulting work in some area of information technology.
9. Q: Why are you the best candidate for this role?
A: Am I? I listen well, and I get along fine with most people.
10. Q: Do you have any questions?
A: Why do interview questions tend to be the same?