Top 10 Interview Questions

Top 10 interview questions can lead to more specific questions that improve the chances of a successful hire

Interview and Hiring GuideIn a review of over 1,000 job interviews Janco Associates has found the top 10 questions ask.  As a recruiter, you can use these questions as a basis for what questions you will ask.  As a candidate, you should have answers prepared for each of these questions.

  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. What is your greatest weakness?
  3. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  4. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
  5. How do you evaluate success?
  6. Why are you leaving or have left your job?
  7. Why do you want this job?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What are your goals for the future?
  10. What makes you the best fit for our organization?

With  that as a base you can develop some more specific questions to use.  For example for a project manager some specific questions could be:

  • How do you determine the budget? The answer should include creation of a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), adding that to the EMV (Expected Monetary Value of risk – or risk reserve) plus initiation and planning costs, plus multiplying the number of weeks in the critical path by the weekly project management classes, team training costs, recruitment costs and procurement Capacity planning should be examined to determine the effect of non productive time, holidays and time off.
  • How do you determine the schedule? This answer should include the WBS as adjusted by capacity planning plus determination of the critical path from the network diagram. This number should be adjusted by the ETV (Expected Time Value) of risk.
  • How do you monitor and report status? Metrics should be discussed – such as the CPI (Cost Performance Index), SPI (Schedule Performance Index), ETC (Estimate to Complete), EAC (Estimate at Completion) and BV (Budget Variance. If they simply use red, green or yellow colors – they have no clue as to how the project is performing.
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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business and several other universities in various programs.Prior to Janco, he was a Vice President at Index Systems and found PSR, Inc. and internationally recognized consulting practice.