Deliver your personal branding statement.
Explain your resume in great detail, starting from your part-time jobs during high school all the way through to your current employment.
Delve into personal matters, like where you grew up and your family history.
"What would you like to know?"
"You’ve just launched a new website."
"Not a lot."
"You value innovation and creativity."
"Your employees receive good benefits."
"The organization’s mission statement is profound and struck a chord with me."
"I believe my skills and experience will help your agency to better achieve its goals."
"I’ve heard your organization has a good salary and benefits."
"It seems like a good stepping stone into the industry."
Describe a time when you fought with your friend then made up.
Describe a time when you had a huge workload and tight deadlines and how you managed it.
Describe a conflict with a customer when you were a waiter/waitress.
Describe the time when you came up against an ethical conundrum and how you acted to right the situation.
"I graduated top of my class and did a lot of extra-curricular activities in high school/college."
"I don’t take my stress out on others."
"I’m a people person and get along with everyone."
"I’m organized, efficient and generally complete projects ahead of schedule."
"I used to struggle with public speaking, but in my last position I did a lot of in-team presentations and now feel more comfortable speaking in front of others."
"I’m a perfectionist, so I spend a lot of time making sure my work is 100%."
"I prefer to work independently and do not like working in a team environment."
"I do not respond well to criticism."
"If certain people are contributing to my stress level, I try to avoid them."
"I actually work better under pressure and I've found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment."
"I sometimes lash out at others, but they should know not to take it personally."
"From a personal perspective, I manage stress by visiting the gym every evening. It's a great stress reducer."
"Finding a job that is rewarding and where I can use my skills to add value."
"A perfect work-life balance."
"A substantial income."
"Being the CEO of a company."
"On the other side of this table."
"In another role, most likely managerial."
"I do not know where I will be exactly, but I hope to be in a position where I can leverage the skills and expertise I’ve developed and where I feel I can add the maximum value."
"At home starting a family."
"I like to travel and visit other cultures."
"I really want to leverage my skills to help alleviate poverty."
"The benefit packages are usually quite generous."
"I volunteered abroad in college and was inspired to continue working to help others."
"I took Spanish all throughout college and made an effort to join Spanish student groups."
"I love ethnic restaurants and always ask the wait-staff their background."
"My family come from a multi-cultural background so I grew up with multiple cultures."
"In my last position I had to work closely with a partner organization in India, which required me to change the hours I worked, and I learned to adapt my tone in emails to be more culturally sensitive."
"Yes, in my previous position I worked on several projects in South East Asia where I worked with local NGOs along with public institutions to design and implement meaningful programs for the community."
"I don’t have overseas experience but my experience domestically could be applied in an international context."
"I vacation overseas every chance I get."
"I volunteered at an overseas charity program in Honduras, which was a good introduction to development issues."
"Bono for his activism in Africa and benefits concerts."
"Jeff Sachs for his work with the UN and the Millennium Promise Alliance."
"An old manager of mine always encouraged me to tackle new interest projects and come to him/her with ideas I had."
"My Mom always seemed to do a good job of tackling work and family life."
"I am available for travel and understand the nature of the work means it is not always possible to have advanced notice though I would request as much notice as possible so I can make arrangements for a cat sitter."
"I love to travel and I love a little danger, so yes, please send me anywhere, anytime!"
"I am afraid of flying and will not get on a plane unless I absolutely have to."
"As a seasoned development professional, I've learned to always have my bag packed and my passport up to date in case I am needed overseas and understand that the locations where my expertise is needed most may be in areas of conflict."
"How much will I get paid?"
"Where do you see the company in 5 years’ time?"
"No, I’ve got all the information I need."
"Are there any opportunities for advancement in this position?"