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Old 07-01-2010, 01:58 PM
Location: NY
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I have an interview coming up, and have good reason to expect this question on the interview.

"Tell us what you did to prepare for the interview."

However, I have been struggling to prepare an answer because I am unsure what they are looking to get out of it, and I can anticipate a couple different things.

First, the position is a management analyst position. It involves review statistics, researching data, preparing reports, analyzing work functions and making recommendations on improvements to management processes to the office directo, working with various levels of staff above and below on various projects . (BTW It is also an internal opening).

I am just not sure the real intent, and am therefore unsure how to really approach an answer.

They could be looking to see how much effort candidates put into learning about the position ahead of time. I would be able to elaborate on speaking with my supervisor about my skills and abilities, what my strengths are, and where those skills would best suit the organization and why. I also would draw on a prior conversation with the director where I gained valuable information on the actual position, what it entails, what the expectations are. Tailoring these experiences to match job skills required, researching, analysising, weighing options, coming to conclusion, and working with various people at various levels could be worked in to show basic competancies of the skills the position requires.

Although, I worry that is not a complete answer, or the aim of the question.

I have a tendancy to try and hit all things in a general question like this, and I think I come across as rambling when I do. I want to try and have a shorter, concise, factual, and informative response.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:55 PM
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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It should be a simple answer... Just say what you did, you probably can't gain much from this question, but answering "nothing" could disqualify you.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:56 PM
Location: NJ
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Personally I would probably try and focus on talking about researching the company. Unless of course this is an internal interview.
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