Interview Questions You’re Most Likely to Hear

Topnotch companies and selective recruiting firms will ask thorough and probing questions to identify if you have the ability and desire to be a leader in Corporate America. You cannot wing it. You must be prepared!

Each question a recruiter asks has a purpose. The candidate needs to understand what the recruiter wants and provide answers that demonstrate key competencies and interest.

Types of questions you might encounter in an interview include the following:

Character/Trait Questions
Recruiters use these to get to know candidates. They want to understand what motivates and drives a candidate and what traits have made the candidate successful.

Example Character/Trait Questions include the following:

Why are you leaving the military?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

What are your short- and long-term goals?

Process Questions
Normally, these start with “How do you…” With these questions, a recruiter wants to know the steps or methodology you use in certain areas. The recruiter does not want a specific example.

Example Process Questions include the following:

How do you solve problems?

How do you lead change?

How do you manage risk?

Significant Accomplishment Questions
In these questions, the recruiter asks for a specific accomplishment from your military career. You will want to focus on what you specifically did to catalyze actions in others and achieve the accomplishment versus a lot of background information. Military jargon, detailed explanations of military procedures, etc., add no value to an answer.

Example Significant Accomplishment Questions include the following:

Tell me about a time you solved a complex problem.

Tell me about a time you led a team through change.
Be ready for a variety of questions. Take time to develop answers to the most common interview questions. First, write them out. Then, put them in bullet form and, finally, practice with a partner or tape recorder. The first time you deliver an answer should not be in an interview.

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