Meeting with The Hire Authority:

Prepared by:
Peggy Geissler, Placement Counselor
Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest, NJ


1. Be prepared before going for the interview by obtaining specific information about the company or organization from the company literature, the human resource department, present and past employees, customers and competitors.

2. Know yourself.
Know how to discuss (through rehearsing) your qualifications, skills, accomplishments and how you can help the company meet their goals. Know what you have stated in your resume and be able to discuss in detail the relative points.

3. Have a positive attitude.
Demonstrate dependability, motivation and sincerity.
Show enthusiasm through your body language and voice tone. Express interest in the job and company.

4. Be on time or 10 to 15 minutes early for every job interview.

5. Dress professionally.


Responding positively to all the questions you are asked is the key to successful interviewing.

Emphasize your strong points. When the questions asked do not allow for you to present your skills and accomplishments, you need to steer the interview back on the topic areas that will allow you to present your qualifications for the position.

Practice concise responses and demonstrate your skills and accomplishments with specific examples.
Communicate assertively by ending your statement by confirming your ability to do the job.


Q. Tell me about yourself.

A. Ask the interviewer what segment of your background they are interested in. Keep your answers brief. Prepare responses to your early years, education and work experience.

Q. Why do you want to work for us?

A. You have a strong interest in the company's mission or product line. You know of and would like to solve a company problem. You could make a specific contribution to the company's goals.

Q. Why should we hire you?

A. Because of my experience and abilities. Relate past experience that demonstrates how you successfully solved previous employer's problems which may be similar to the current employer's problems.

Q. What do you look for in a job?

A. Discuss your need to be challenged and take responsibility.

Q. What do you see as the most difficult task in performing this job?

A. Getting things done and on time within the budget.

Q. Why are you leaving your present job?

A. Assuming your current job is not in jeopardy, indicate that you are seeking to find a new situation that would provide greater challenge and opportunity.
If your current job is in jeopardy (or you are currently unemployed) if possible, give a group answer, such as our office is closing (or closed). We agreed to disagree, etc.

Q. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment?

A. Where people are treated fairly. Where there is an opportunity to use my talents and skills to their potential.

Q. In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments?

A. Be prepared to discuss with specific examples of your on the job accomplishments.

Q. Can you work under pressure?

A. Yes, it is what is to be expected in the world of work.

Q. What was the last book you read? Movie you saw?

A. Talk about leisure books to represent balance in your life.

Q. How would you describe your own personality?

A. Balanced.

Q. What are your long range goals?

A. Give long range goals. I'd like to do the best job possible in the position we are talking about. I know if I do a great job, good things will happen to me later. They always have.

Q. What are your greatest weaknesses?

A. Sometimes I get frustrated with people because I want the job to get done. Or I cannot think of any work related weaknesses. My bosses have always thought I was great. I am the kind not only to do my own job but to also notice what else needs to be done in other areas and pitch in and help.


Research Salary

Do research on salaries for positions in your particular field to determine appropriate range. Ask individuals already doing comparable positions about low and high salaries to establish a range. Review salary surveys in books and periodicals.

Salary Negotiation Rules

Salaries are usually negotiated within an established range. Whenever possible, allow the employer to bring up the salary issue.

Be comfortable with the salary range that you have established. Do not overprice yourself. Stay within an appropriate range based on research. Do not undersell yourself. Aim high.

If forced to state salary requirements, verbalize the top figure. This will allow for negotiations. Negotiate your compensation package.

For more information about this or other topics related to your job search, contact the IAJVS affiliate agency nearest you.

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