When it comes to nailing an entry level job interview, your worst enemy can be yourself. Hiring managers often ask a series of routine questions designed to see if you can respond in a professional and coherent manner. Blow one of these questions and you’ll see your chances go down the drain.
Many interviewers like to ask about your future goals to get a sense of your ambitions and career aspirations. While you might want to go back to grad school or move to another city, answering in any way that you don’t want to be at that particular company or organization is a bad move. Hiring managers want to know that you’re worth their investment of time and money, so keep any alternate plans to yourself.
Chances are, the interviewer will ask you about past internship or work experiences that led you to this point. While part of this discussion will be about what you learned and what your responsibilities were, the hiring manager may ask about any difficulties or problems you experienced during your term. Whatever you do, never bad mouth a former employer or supervisor. Your future boss may be sitting right in front of you, and he or she won’t enjoy your list of complaints. Instead, identify an issue you had in the past and explain how you worked to solve it.