11. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
What the interviewer is expecting to you to do is list your strengths and weaknesses again. The more original you are the better off you are going to be. Not that I recommend you repeat this, but just like the majority of the questions you will be asked, this one is irrelevant. There is no way you are supposed to know what the organization is going to allow you to do, how the company is structured or anything like that. So, we’ll tell them what they want to hear.
“I think that the correct employer, if they leverage both my scholastic and interpersonal skills correctly, can get a lot of positive returns by hiring me. Understanding that this is my first job, my contributions are probably going to be to fill the gap of the person who last had my job and who probably now has responsibilities which do not allow them to perform certain tasks. I know if I work hard, I can accomplish those tasks and, hopefully in a few years I will have more responsibility and will have to train and mentor somebody else.”
12. Describe a contribution you have made to a project on which you worked.
This is going to be the easiest of the bunch. Just like every interview, don’t just bring a copy of your resume, bring ten or well put together resources and use them accordingly. People want to hire organized individuals. Therefore, this question is not going to be hard because you’re, from now on, always have a project which you completed with you. If it is a Word document (which only bring a PP or Word Doc.), highlight certain areas. Not only does this make you look even more organized it increases the odds that you will know what questions are about to be asked. If the interviewer wants to go over it, make sure you have a 2nd copy just like all the other resources you have, put yours on the table and follow along.
13. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
This one is quite simple and, in five years from now, you will look back and see. There are many traits which good managers and there are many traits which bad managers or what people refer to as “middle managers” have. We’ll focus on the former and I would not recommend discussing the ladder.
– Good managers hire people who are smarter than they are. I deal with managers all the time and the ones whom we decide to work with and the ones successful over the years are the ones who are sure enough of themselves to hire better people than they.
– Good managers understand P&L. They know how much they could spend on hiring and how much they cannot.
– Good managers are not “Yes” people to their boss. If they see something wrong, they verbalize it.
– Good managers want to actively make their subordinates reach their full potential.
– Good managers give their subordinates a goal and let them be creative as to the way they are going to achieve it.
– Good managers know what their competition is doing every step of the way. The most successful NFL teams are the ones who can most accurately predict what the other team is going to do.
If you are in business, I strongly suggest that you read Jack Welch’s management philosophies.