Real and first-hand job interview experience and tips
Date: April 8th, 2005
First round Phone Interview with HR Director, Senior Manager and Director
Questions from Director of Marketing Department
1. Why do you want to leave current company, and why do you choose to join Singtel?
2. In your opinion, who are Singtel's major cutomers?
3. If you were marketing manager of Singtel, how do you plan to market Singtel's product and service
4. In terms of direct sales/marketing, what's your plan and how do you plan to do it?
5. How many years do you work in USA, and are you open to relocation?
Questions from HR Director
1. What's value-added you bring to Singtel?
2. Why do you think you are right candidate for this position
3. Why do you want to apply for this position
Date: one week ago
Who: my friend
1. This is first round interview, and Moody's did not pay traveling expense for the candidates which is really surprised to me.
2. Three interviewers are from different departments, not HR staff interview. (each interview is about one hour)
3. Questions include:
-- why do you want to leave current company?
--what's your salary expectation?
--not too many normal behavour questions
---questions are focused on your past work experience per the resume, such as, "to explain how do you conduct credit analysis and risk analysis in your company", " to briefly explain how do you establish the financing modeling for xxx project"
Date: Feb 2nd
Time: about one hour
1. No phone screening interview with HR staff.
2. Direct phone interview with interviewers, mainly existing Product Managers
3. Questions include
---Why do you want to join Google?
---What do you know about Google's product and technology
---If you are Product Manager for Google's Adwords, how do you plan to market this?
---What would you say during product seminar of Adwords or Adsense?
---Who are Google competitors, and how Google compete with them?
---Have you ever used Google's products? such as Gmail?
---Wha's creative way you may think of to market Google's brand name and product?
---If you are Product Manager for Google's Gmail product, how do you plan to market it so as to achieve target customer of 100M in 6 months?
4. Almost no questions related to your past work experience. It seems that they are more interested in what you are able to do in future rather than you have done in your previous company.
5. If all phone screen intervews go well, you would be arranged for several on-site interviews.
1. First round: one-hour phone interview with HR. They asked the questions to make sure your experience matched your resume and the position.
2. If you passed the HR interview, the second round would follow, mainly face-to-face at HQ.
Normally there are about three interviewers from different departments. If you passed all of them, you would have chance to take part in "after lunch" interview. One of the Most asked questions is like "what role do you play here?"
The other questions included questions about past experience, or questions like "how would you sell ice to eskimos?" or "how would you sell a pen to someone? " and "why do you want to work at Microsoft?"
1. List your strong points and give examples of each
2. Give a specific example of your ability to manage strict time demands or deadlines
3. Offer an examle demonstrating your ability to organize and maintain a system of records to facilitate your work 4. Talk about team you've worked on and what your role was
5. Discuss a difficult work situation you've faced and how you dealt with it
Basically, Intel interview questions are typical behavioral interivew questions. Per my personal experience, it is not that difficult to prepare Intel interview according to your past work experience.
Dell Interview questions are mainly behavior interview type question.
1. Sometimes we need to recommend to our colleagues or staff new internal processes to improve team performance. Tell me about a time when you had to convince your colleagues or staff to try out and use more effective team processes.
2. Tell me about a time that you had to take charge in a tough situation. What made the situation tough? What did you do and what happened as a result?
3. Tell me about a time when you had an opportunity to bring added value to a client or customer.
4. Tell me about a situation where you had to face multiple demands or where priorities kept changing. How did you deal with that?
5. Tell me about a situation when your ability to develop others led to the successful completion of a project.
6. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to make a quick and risky decision in order to seize a business opportunity.
7. Provide me an example of a time when you had to consider the financial implications of a decision you made.
8. Give me an example of a time when you used your expertise to persuade another individual or group to accept or endorse an idea.
9. Describe a hiring mistake you made. When did you realize you had made a poor hiring decision? What did you do to rectify the situation? What was the outcome?
10. Give me an example of time when you were able to share what you had learned in a particular area with others.
11. Describe a time when you had to rely on personal or professional integrity to achieve a result.
12. Describe for me a situation where you used your knowledge of the business to develop and plan a strategic solution.
13. Describe a situation in which you managed a project or group of very different people. How did you appeal to each person? How did you motivate them? What was the outcome?
Date: Jan. 26th
Type: Phone interview with HR staff
Time: about 20 minutes
1. What's your responsibility and fuction under current position
2. Why do you want to join AOL
3. Do you have management experience, if yes, how many staff report to you
4. What kind of position you are looking for?
5. What's requirement of your salary and what's your current salary
6. Do you have experience with Hpyersion or Oracle tool
Date: Jan. 28th
Time: One hour
First round interview (face-to-face) with hiring manager (not direct reporting manager)
1.inteviewer first briefly introduced the function of the position and her group.
2. Questions start with resume and past work experience related to this position
3. How to you relate past work experience with the function/responsibility of the position
4. Ask further about skills, such as skill/experience of marketing program
5. Are you Ok with traveling and cross-team work enviornment
6. Why do you want this position
7. Supposed you are in this position, how do you plan to work ,etc