The Mackay Sweet Sixteen
"Hit the ground running" in your next interview,
says Harvey Mackay, by "reading and re-reading"the
following questions."If you're conducting the iterview, use
them; if you're being interviewed be ready for them.
- Describe your ideal job - the position you would most
like to have (include title, responsibilities, who you
would report to, who would report to you).
- Describe your ideal company (size, industry, culture,
- Where do you want to be in your career in three to five
- What do you want your next job to do for you that your
last job didn't do?
- What kinds of growth should be a new job offer
(promotions, training, challenges)?
- What skills will you be able to add to your resume while
you have this job?
- Why should a company want to hire you?
- What Personal and professional accomplishments are you
the most proud of?
- What do you least want to be asked in an interview - what
are the questions you dread most?
- How will you handle the tough questions?
- What compensation, including salary and benefits, do you
want to earn and can you legitimately ask for?
- What are the most important benefits other than salary
that would prompt you to go to work for a new company?
- What tools and resources can you draw on to help you
through your job transition?
- What can you say in an interview that would really set
you apart from other candidates for ideal position?
- What could your current employer do for you that would
prevent you from looking for another job in the first
place? (Have you asked?)
- How will you know when you've become a success?
From the book Sharkproof:Get the Job You Want,
Keep the Job You Love... In Today's Frenzied Job Market
by Harvey Mackay. Copyright 1993 by Harvey Mackay. Reprinted from
Sales and Marketing Management, June 1993.