1. Tell Me About Yourself.
This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial. MIT career counselor Lily Zhang recommends using a present, past, future formula. Talk a little bit about your current role (including the scope and perhaps one big accomplishment), then give some background as to how you got there and experience you have that’s relevant. Finally, segue into why you want—and would be perfect for—this role.
2. How Did You Hear About This Position?
Another seemingly innocuous interview question, this is actually a perfect opportunity to stand out and show your passion for and connection to the company. For example, if you found out about the gig through a friend or professional contact, name-drop that person, then share why you were so excited about the job.
3. Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?
Beware of generic answers! Zhang recommends one of four strategies: Do your research and point to something that makes the company unique that really appeals to you; talk about how you’ve watched the company grow; focus on the organization’s opportunities for future growth; or share what’s gotten you excited from your interactions with employees. Whichever route you choose, make sure to be specific.