Planning, Preparation and Practice

DIRECTIONS: 
Read “Planning, Preparation & Practice” section of online CRC Interview Guide to help in
completing this assignment.
Think about your skills, experience and interests as they relate to the job posting you selected for
your Résumé assignment. Hint: The key to successfully answering these questions is to look at
the requirements of the position noted in the posting/ad you are preparing to interview for. Relate
all of your answers to the position.
List each question on your paper and write out your answer to each of the following questions, as
if you were answering them in a real interview:
1. Tell me about yourself. Hint: Did you….
a) Tell about your background, experience, choices made about your education, interests, etc.,
which lead the interviewer to conclude that you are right for the specific job at their firm? b) Use
examples that provide some evidence of some of your skills and abilities? c) Sell yourself for the
specific position? d) Avoid simply repeating your résumé? e) Avoid talking about your family,
hometown, and other personal information not relevant to the position? f) Express or at least
imply your interest in the job through your response. g) Use your time most wisely? Did you
prioritize and tell the most important information about yourself first?
2. What are your two strengths and what is your weakness? Hint: Concerning your strengths, did
you…. a) Select the strengths most relevant to the specific position? b) Expand on these
strengths by providing some evidence that shows how you demonstrated the strengths? 11 | Page
Hint: Concerning your weakness, did you… c) Avoid mentioning a weakness that is important to
the job? (For example, don’t say that you are weak speaking in front of a group if you are
applying for a Trainer position.) d) Explain an effective strategy for overcoming that weakness
that has allowed you to eliminate or at least minimize any possible negative impact?
3. What qualifications do you have that will allow you to be successful in this job? Hint: Did
you… a) Focus on your skills, background and experience that are relevant to the specific job? b)
Select the one to three qualifications that would be most relevant to the specific position. c)
Expand on at least one of the qualifications by giving an example or some evidence, which
demonstrates that you actually possess the qualification(s). d) Also show your interest in the job?
(Don’t just say, “I am interested”. Your answer should show your interest.) e) Incorporate your
knowledge of the specific needs of the company, including the qualifications they are looking
for, in your answer?
4. Working with others can sometimes be more difficult than working independently. Tell me
about the time it was the most difficult to work as a member of a team. Hint: In your answer, did
you… a) Select an example that demonstrates that you had some input in resolving the problem?
b) Select an example that had a favorable outcome. A favorable outcome is that you were able to
inspire or motivate the non-working team member to contribute? (Picking up the slack for the
slacker on a group project and still getting a good grade is not considered to be a very favorable
outcome by most companies that use teams to get things done.), or c) Select an example that did
not have a favorable outcome, but one that you learned from? d) Describe the problem, the action
you took and the result(s)?

 

5. Now tell me about a time when you worked in a productive team and how you moved the
team to a positive outcome/conclusion. Hint: Did you… a) Select an appropriate team, versus
individual, example; where members worked together or coordinated efforts as a team to
complete a project or task; or to execute an important event or area of responsibility? b) Select an
example that produced positive outcome for the company and/or team? c) Describe the initiative
and specific role that you took? d) Describe the situation/task, the action(s) you took and the
result(s)?
6. – 8. Develop three (3) questions that you would like to ask the interviewer about the position,
company, and industry. (Do not write the answers. This is practice in developing questions that
YOU will ask YOUR INTERVIEWER during the interview.) Hint, Hint, Hint: Don’t ask about
salary or benefits. The trick is to ask questions that suggest that you have done your research and
that show that you have some knowledge of the company or industry. You don’t want to ask a
question that the interviewer believes you should already know about the company. For example,
a good question for a bank might focus on the continuing trend in the banking industry of
increased competition from insurance companies and brokerage firms.