Traditional Interview Tips

Traditional interviews generally use broad-based questions and are often paired with behavioral interview questions into what we would call a new “hybrid” interview.

Success or failure is often based upon candidate’s ability to communicate and establish rapport.  Candidates, be sure to use the job description to assist in tailoring your answers to the job that you are interviewing for.  Typical questions in a traditional interview are used to gain insight by reviewing your resume and qualifications.  Samples include:

  • “Why do you want work for this company?”
  • “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • “Tell me about yourself” (see below)

Many struggle with this vague nature of the “Tell me about yourself” question.  Here are some tips to help you answer:

  • Prepare – Do not wing an answer
  • Have a rehearsed and free flowing response
  • Keep your response professional, not personal
  • Briefly share your past experiences and areas of proven success
    • “I have been working in HIM for a few years now and have been promoted to increasingly advanced responsibilities.”
  • Highlight your strengths and abilities
    • “My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time!”
  • Close with a statement about your present status
    • “What I am looking for now is a company that values a hard worker, where I can join a strong team and contribute to the HIM profession.”