URBS 615—Professional Seminar
The purpose of the interview is to find out about those
things the interviewee is afraid to tell (whether from modesty or shame):
smart are you?
independent are you?
you work and share and decisions with others?
happens when you don’t get your own way?
you make mistakes and take responsibility for them?
- Do you
work hard? How lazy are you?
well do you understand the work that you propose to do?
- Do you
- Do you
like me? Can we enjoy working
makes you angry?
makes you frightened?
are your strong points?
are your weak points?
much are you worth in salary?
do you want from this job?
do you want from me?
- What happens
when you are angry, scared, or frustrated?
To get at these issues, interviewers often ask “stress
questions” such as:
question (“What do you think of the statement that planners, like
doctors, like to play God?”)
you personally (“You’ve done a lot of job jumping. Why should we believe you’ll
change that pattern if you get this job?”)
for which there is no answer (“If you are hired, how would you do the social element for our comp plan if
you were given three months?”)
us a little about yourself (don’t recite your resume)
Do’s & Don’ts for
why you are taking the interview and want the job
- Know precisely
what you can do on behalf of your employer
how much you are going to cost
panels eliminate people, they don’t choose them. Stay loose, don’t
fill in silence with sales talk.
your best shots and questions for the person who has power to hire you.
positive. If you have nothing
positive to say, say nothing.
act cocky, flippant, or overconfident.
accept (or reject) a job on the spot.
Sleep on it.
you get a firm offer, negotiate for the future not just the present. Negotiate the terms of your
promotion. Know what success on the
job means and where it can lead, before you accept.
From Warren Jones & Albert Solnit. 1980. What Do
I Do Next? (Chicago, IL: Planners Press)
© 2003 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 13 January 04