The Interview


  1. TEAMWORK - Collaborate and share ideas, make progress for the greater good, not only yourself.
  2. VERBAL COMMUNICATION - Express your ideas clearly and confidently while speaking.
  3. MARKET AWARENESS - Completely understand your industry and what impacts/influences the company.
  4. SELF-MOTIVATED - Willing and able to complete tasks w/o having to be reminded/motivated externally.
  5. TIME MANAGEMENT - Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks and able to work to deadlines.
  6. DATA ANALYSIS - Obtain information systematically to establish accurate facts and influence positive directions.
  7. TASK ORGANIZATION - Able to keep priorities in order, complete tasks, produce results and growth.
  8. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Able to express your thoughts clearly and eloquently in writing to others.
  9. PLANNING/SCHEDULING - Able to effectively plan/schedule collaboration and meetings.
  10. CALM CONFIDENCE - Utilize a glass-half-full mentality, improving morale and positive outcomes.

PRACTICE: Recite these in front of a mirror, or video yourself and watch.

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?
  11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your resume.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements?
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked what you could improve on, what would they say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?
  1. What are the company's strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
  2. What is the organization's plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit?
  3. How did this position become available?
  4. What do you most enjoy about your work with this company?
  5. Historically, what have the leadership trends been at [COMPANY] ?  High or low turnover?
  6. How have various types of decisions been made?
  7. What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work?
  8. What is the company's policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can maintain and/or improve their skills?
  9. What specific computer equipment and software do you use?
  10. How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts?
  11. How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
  12. How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
  13. What is your organization's policy on transfers to other cities?
  14. Is there potential for internal advancement within the same or different departments?
  15. What are additional methods used to show the company values its employees?

EXTRA TIP: When asking any question, be sure NOT to come across as not knowing an important aspect of the company.  For example, don't ask, "What's your mission?" or "Are you publicly traded?".  Choose your intelligent questions wisely.

  1. Dress unprofessionally. Be clean and conservative in your attire and appearance.
  2. Arrive late to the interview.  Be at least 10 minutes early.
  3. Speak unprofessionally. Avoid speaking negatively about previous employers, etc... or anyone at all for that matter. This will reflect negatively on your character and would not increase your chances of being hired for the position.
  4. "Pad" your qualifications. Honesty is the best policy, be sure you avoid overstating your actual qualifications. Should you do so, your employer will eventually discover your shortcomings upon employment.
  5. Talk too much or leave a question unanswered. Be sure you pay attention and listen carefully to the questions being asked. Once you are asked the question, answer it completely and avoid changing subjects. This shows the employer that you can follow instructions and pay attention to necessary details.

THE PROCESS  (use as guide/learning tool only, each situation is different)

  1. Offer made by employer. (usually in writing)
  2. Take/ask for at least 24 hours to consider offer.
  3. Accept initial offer or submit counter-offer (in writing)
  4. IF COUNTER-OFFER: Research and include valid reasons why you deserve higher counter-offer
    1. Research salary & hiring trends for that industry or geographic area
    2. Consider benefits other than salary alone.  (listed above)


  1. Only discuss this when an offer has been made.
  2. If offer is made at the table, be very careful what your next spoken words are.  Don't unintentionally say "OK" as a verbal receipt, which the employer could interpret as an offer acceptance.  Better to reply: "Thank you for this offer, I respectfully ask for ____ hours/days to consider, then reply with my answer."
  3. Be sure to research salary & hiring trends for that industry or geographic area (aka: fair market value)
  4. Your personal experience plays a role in salary amount (# of previous exp., internships, knowledge, etc.)
  5. Negotiate more than salary alone.  Other negotiating points include, but are not limited to:

401(k) contributions                 administrative assistants 

attendance at conventions            casual dress

cell phone                                certain software 

certification reimbursement        child day care

comp time off                         company car

corporate housing                    deferred compensation

disability and life insurance        first-class travel 

flextime                                 general education

health club membership            Internet access 

laptop                                    medical and dental coverage

office (vs. cubicle) space            paid holidays

paid sick leave                            parking

profit-sharing                            relocation benefits

specific training                        stock grants 

stock options                            training

transportation                            travel per diem

tuition reimbursement                vacation

wellness days

Employers may require you to complete a test or assessment as part of the interview process.  Some examples include:

Personality & Psychometric


Aptitude Tests  (free practice here)



Additional Interview Types

Use your special BGSU access to utilize these powerful video tutorials and virtual interview practice software.


Good Evening Ms. Hoosier,


Thank you for offering me the [ POSITION TITLE ] position at [ COMPANY NAME ] today during our conversation.  To be sure we are both understanding your offer, I’m writing to confirm that the details are:

Compensation Rate/Range: $ [INSERT HERE]

Start Date: [INSERT HERE]


Weekly Work Schedule: [INSERT HERE]

Additional Details: [INSERT HERE]


Could you please reply confirming I am correct, and/or correcting those areas that need updating.


Thank you again for this opportunity.






1 – Thank you
2 – Personal Note/connection
3 – Future Statement


Good Afternoon Mr. Rollins,

1 – Thank you for the engaged conversation today, I enjoyed getting to know both yourself and Promedica in greater detail.

2 – Knowing that Promedica cares so intently about their clients and patients means a great deal to me. Especially the “Helping Hand” program, dedicating resources and aid to children makes a potential career with Promedica much more meaningful. This is the type of company I wish to engage with.

3 – I will be completing the online application as instructed and hope to speak with you again in person about my potential employment. Should you require additional information, I’m happy to provide this.

Thank you for this opportunity Mr. Rollins, I truly appreciate it.


Tom Siebenaler
BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business
Junior, Marketing

A Thank You card can be mailed or delivered in person.  


  1. To practice, audio-record yourself answering any of the "50 Questions Employers Ask" in the link on this page.
    1. How do you sound?  Too loud?  soft?
    2. Can you "hear yourself smiling"?
    3. Did you fully answer the question?
  2. Be sure you are in a quiet place where you can concentrate.  You can use our Recruiting Center rooms if you like.
  3. Have your resume, job description, and company details laid out in front of you for reference during the conversation.
  4. Be sure your phone (if your cell) is fully charged or plug it in during the interview.
  5. Plan B.  Have a backup plan ready to go in case of technical difficulties. 
  6. Be prepared to take notes, have pen and paper ready.
  7. Refrain from eating or drinking during, except for water, to keep your speech clear.
  8. Stay positive, always speak of skills you have, not those you don't.
  9. Get everyone's name and contact info. Many times, you will be "surprised" by additional interview attendees.  This is normal, but you need to follow-up with them, so don't forget to ask for their:
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Email
  10. Listen FIRST, then respond.  Don't interrupt.
  11. Follow-up with a Thank-You (how-to link in this menu) within 24 hours.
  1. PRACTICE FIRST, video-record yourself (using your cell phone or computer) answering any of the "50 Questions Employers Ask" in the link on this page.
    1. Are you making good eye contact?  (look at the camera, not your on-screen image)
    2. How do you sound?  Too loud?  soft?  Need a headset instead of speaker?
    3. Are you smiling?
    4. Is the lighting appropriate?
    5. Did you fully answer the question?
  2. CONNECTION (Video & Audio)
    1. Use a sufficient connection that can handle the data needed to video chat. 
    2. TEST this with someone at least 20 minutes BEFORE you begin.  You should test the day before.
    3. CLOSE any programs you don't need at that time (will help with connection speed)
  3. PEACE & QUIET: Be sure you are in a quiet place where you can concentrate.  You can use our Recruiting Center rooms if you like.
  4. YOUR PROFILE: If using skype (for example) have you considered the following?
    1. Professional profile pic and user name
    2. Privacy settings open for others
    3. Status available and ready
    4. All details up-to-date and accurate
  5. PREPARE: Have your resume, job description, and company details laid out in front of you for reference during the conversation.
  6. TIME ZONE: Are you sure you and your potential employer confirmed time according to same time zones?  AND, are you calling them, or are they calling you?
  7. POWER-UP: Be sure your phone or computer is fully charged or plug it in during the interview.
  8. PLAN B.  Have a backup plan ready to go in case of technical difficulties.  Another phone, computer, etc.
  9. NOTED: Be prepared to take notes, have pen and paper or computer ready.
  10. CLEAR SPEECH: Refrain from eating or drinking during, except for water, to keep your speech clear.
  11. FOLLOW-UP: Get everyone's name and contact info. Many times, you will be "surprised" by additional interview attendees.  This is normal, but you need to follow-up with them, so don't forget to ask for their:
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Email
  12. LISTEN FIRST, then respond.  Don't interrupt.
  13. THANKS: Follow-up with a Thank-You (how-to link in this menu) within 24 hours.




Get to know your potential employer.

  1. Employer 101. Educate yourself on the company you are interviewing for.
    1. What goods/services/products do they provide/make?
    2. What is the company history?
    3. Where do they conduct business?
    4. What other industries are they linked to?
    5. How/where can you find information on a company?
      1. Annual Report
      2. "News" searches online
      3. Company website
      4. Talk to those who work there
      5. LinkedIn, Glassdoor, similar
      6. Bloomberg Terminals
      7. Stock market research
  2. Speaking to an employer about their own company shows them:
    1. You have a vested interest in the company; you want to make a commitment to be there.
    2. You are resourceful and professional.
    3. You are a self-starter and show good initiative
    4. You have a grasp on the industry and the company’s role in it.
  3. Are you connected? If you networked through a friend, family member, etc. to get this interview, be sure to touch-base with that person and discuss the interview and position. Be sure to mention your networked friend during the interview.
  4. Where are you going?
    1. If possible, drive by the interview location the day before, or at least 1 hour before.
    2. Do you need a parking pass?
    3. Most front doors to businesses are located near a flag pole or large company sign.
  5. Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio... Be sure to ask what you need to bring with you to the interview.
  6. EXAMPLE PORTFOLIOS SHOWN BELOW: Hold resume, cards, list of questions, etc...


It’s just a conversation.

  1. Dress professional. It’s always better to be overdressed for an interview, rather than underdressed. Business suits, ties, be well-groomed and shaven, etc..., be presentable and look sharp!
  2. Don’t worry, be happy. Smile, relax and show enthusiasm, this shows the employer you are excited about this potential opportunity.
  3. Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio... Be sure to always bring an extra copy of your resume with you to the interview.
  4. Honesty is the best policy. Have you been asking yourself over and over... "What if I give the wrong answer?"... well, don’t worry. All you can do is prepare well and be honest in your answers. Employers know if you’re trying too hard and you come across awkward during the interview. So don’t worry about giving the "right" or "wrong" answer, just give the answer you know naturally. If you took time to prepare, you have nothing to worry about.
  5. Stand tall. Have confidence in yourself! Go into the interview knowing you are an asset to the company and they would be fortunate to have you. Not in an arrogant manner, but with confidence and pride in yourself to perform well and generate results.
  6. Show interest, write it down.  Be sure to take notes during the interview.
  7. What about... Be sure to have questions prepared to ask those interviewing you. [THERE ARE A LIST OF 15 SAMPLE QUESTIONS ABOVE] What do you ask? Ask meaningful questions, showing you have a genuine interest.
    1. The company’s culture
    2. What charitable activities do they participate in?
    3. Advancement opportunities?
    4. Any new services/products planned for the future?
    5. Mentorships available?
  8. What happens next? Ask your interviewer (if they have not already given you this information) what those next steps are. 
    1. Will they contact you? If yes, when (specifically)
    2. Are there any other steps you need to complete in the application process? (online application to complete, video screening questions, etc.) 
    3. Be sure you do not leave the interview with any unanswered questions.
    1. BUSINESS CARD(S).  Very important, do not leave without getting their contact information.  If they don't have a card, ask and write it down in your portfolio notepad.
    2. Thank you. Be sure to thank all those involved with the interview for their time and consideration on your behalf.


Follow-up within 24 hours.

  1. What happens now? Read your notes taken during the interview. Will they contact you?  If yes, when?
    1. IMPORTANT: If the employer has given you a date they will follow-up with you, do not contact them before that date.  Once that date has passed, you can contact them.  (see our follow-up email template on this page)
  2. Homework.  Are there any other steps you need to complete in the application process? Online application?  Assigned readings?  Be sure to complete these tasks ASAP. If you have questions, do not make assumptions, ask the employer.
  3. Thank you. (Examples and resource links above) Be sure to send a follow-up letter (or make a follow-up phone call) thanking the company for their time and consideration on your behalf.
  4. Keep progressing with other potential job leads.  Just because you had an interview does not guarantee you employment, so follow-up on any additional leads you have until you are hired.


  1. Thank the employer for the opportunity, and let them know you would like to be considered for future positions.  (if applicable)
  2. Follow-up with them after, asking why you were not selected and what you can improve upon in the future.
  3. Keep in touch, stay on their radar for future opportunities.  Some methods you can use:
    1. Updated resume: If you've added anything new, send the employer your updated version with a nice message of "Hello."
    2. Holidays: Send messages wishing them well during different holidays, an easy way to stay on their radar.
    3. In the News: If you read a story where the company received an award, is starting a new project, etc. email your contacts and congratulate, etc....  A good way to keep in touch and show them you still care and are paying attention.  This will impress them and could lead to jobs.
    4. Professional Organizations: Keep in touch through the many, many organizations that exist.