1. Tell me about you!
Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble. Use your resume summary as a base to start.
2. What do you know about our company?
Do your homework before the interview! Spend some time online or at the library researching the company. Find out as much as you can, including products, size, income, reputation, image, management talent, people, skills, history and philosophy. Project an informed interest; let the interviewer tell you about the company.
3. Why do you want to work for us?
Don't talk about what you want; first, talk about their needs: You would like to be part of a specific company project; you would like to solve a company problem; you can make a definite contribution to specific company goals.
4. What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't?
Relate past experiences that show you've had success in solving previous employer problem(s) that may be similar to those of the prospective employer.
5. What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.
6. Why should we hire you?
Because of your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills.
7. What do you look for in a job?
An opportunity to use your skills, to perform and be recognized.
8. Please give me your definition of a .... (the position for which you are being interviewed).
Keep it brief -- give an action- and results-oriented definition.
9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
Not long at all -- you expect only a brief period of adjustment to the learning curve.
10. How long would you stay with us?
As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing, etc.
B： Hello! Glad to meet you.
A： Tell me something about yourself, please.
B： My name is Wan Mei and I live inGuangzhou. I was born in 1978. I am a student of Jinan University. I havemajored in Public Administration. I like travelling very much and enjoy sports.I am in the tennis club at my university.
A： Your application form says you were outof school for half a year during high school. What was the reason? Were you ill?
B： Oh, no. My father's job took him toAmerica for six months then, and he decided to take the whole family along.
A： So during that time you went to highschool in the United States?
B： Yes, it was just for a few months, butattended Johnson High School in Chicago.
A： There was a year between the time yougraduated from high school and entered the university. What were you doingduring that time?
B： I spent a year doing things a persondoesn't have time for. I traveled several countries.
A： Do you think you are more outward-lookingor more inward-looking?
B： Well, something I want to be by myself,but most of the time I prefer being with a group of people, so I guess you'dmay I am rather outgoing. I was really very active in my university club.
A： What would you say are some of yourstrong and weak points?
B： Well, I suppose a strong point of mine isthat I like developing new things and ideas. But I am afraid I am a poor talkerand that isn't very good, so I've been studying how to speak in public.
A： Do you have any people you'd call reallyclose friends?
B： Not too many, but not too few, either, Isuppose. There are six people that I see quite often now. They're all my goodfriends.
A： What kind of sports do you like? And do you watch or play?
B： I like both watching and playing. And Ienjoy almost all sports, but I especially like tennis. I was in the tennis cluball through high school, so particularly in the case of tennis I prefer doingto watching.
A： What kind of books do you like?
B： I like biographics. It's intersting toread about the backgrounds of people who have become famous, and see what I canlearn from their lives.
A： Who is your favorite writer?
B： I like the novels of Charles Dickens verymuch. I've read almost all of them in the original.
A： Can you name one person that you respectvery much?
B： My English teacher at college. He has somuch humour and vitality, and I am very impressed with his tactfulness. He canmake a person see the contradictions in his thinking without making him feelfoolish. I've learned a lot from watching the way he applies himself to histeaching, and how he leads people to seeing things.
A：What basic principles do you apply to your life?
B： Not toput off till tomorrow what you can do today. I feel that time gives away veryeasily —— you think you have it, and it is gone quickly! Putting things off just makes it worse later. So even if it is hardat the time, I try to get things done that day and not leave them till the nextday.
A： Tell me why you are interested in workingfor this company, will you?
B： I think working in this company wouldgive me the best oppotunity to use what I've learned at college, studyingpublic administration for four years. I think this company has a great futureand I'll be able to develop my own capabilities here. So for a long time I'vebeen thinking I'd like to work with this company.
A： Have you ever worked during youruniversity days?
B： Yes. I worked as a tutor to teach Englishto a middle school student.
A： There's a good chance for you to come towork for this company. But, you will have to have another interview with ourmanager himself in Chinese.
B： Of course.
A： Thank you for coming. Good-bye!