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Job Search 2.0: Interview Questions

I recently had an interview and thought I would share a summary, just to give an idea of typical interview questions. Hope it helps with your interview preparations.

There were a couple of questions that I hesitated on, so I know to prepare better answers.

I met first with an HR person and her intern. The HR person had a Green Day poster on her wall, and since my daughter is a raving fan, we chatted about them for a bit. Nice common topic to "build chemistry" for the interview.

She went over broad questions -

  • tell me what you know about the company
  • tell me about your bookstell me about yourself,
  • what do you like best about working at your current company
  • what do you like least about working at your current company
  • How would you describe yourself - a step above, equal to your peers, or a step below?
  • Describe your ideal work environment
  • What do you think you offer that's different from other candidates?
  • (and maybe a few more questions I can't remember)

The question I stumbled on was: "How would you describe yourself in terms of working in a group?" I just didn't know how to answer it - I guess I just didn't understand the phrasing. I eventually came up with something about listening to everyone's input/feedback, and compiling everything into a cohesive whole that provides value, or something like that. [I found a better response here: #15]

After the round of questions, the intern went over the benefits, then they passed me off to the department manager (which means I passed step 1 of the 4-step hiring process!)

The Senior Manager asked more pointed questions, relating to the actual day-to-day type work.

  • Tell me about your experience w/ this industry.
  • Tell me about your experience with social media.
  • How do you stay up to date on industry issues?
  • What innovative campaigns have you created/participated in?
  • What's the most important thing for being effective in this industry?
  • How familiar are you with analytics? What have you used for analytics?
  • What makes you different from other candidates we might bring in?

The question that I stumbled on with him was "What motivates you?" I responded with something about getting things done, crossing things off my list, and making sure all the details are handled. Eh. I should have just said "money". ;) I'll probably research better answers.

He asked if I had any questions, and I had some prepared:

  • How many people are on the team?
  • How long has this department been a part of the company?
  • How long have you been here?
  • What makes the company unique in their niche?
  • Are they looking to acquire any more companies?
  • What's a typical day like for you?

He went over the steps to the hiring process and said I should hear something in the next week or two. Sounds like they are interviewing 4 people for "a couple" of spots.

I followed up the next day with snail mail Thank You notes to each of them.

I feel good about the interview overall, though I have no idea how I compare to others. Just have to wait and see.



Snail mailing your thank you notes is a very nice touch! Back when I worked, I got a little irritated when the candidate would just email a thank-you - seemed like they weren't making the extra effort or something.

I've got my fingers crossed for you - I'm sure you did great!

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