- Tell me a little about yourself.
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why are you looking for a new position?
- What has been your biggest challenge in a past role, and how did you overcome it, if you did?
- What is your biggest strength, and biggest weakness?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- What type of manager are you? How would your staff answer that question?
- How did you get into the wine industry?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Now, while you are doing your research and coming up with your answers to these questions, there may still be a question during your interview that will leave you dumbfounded. This is okay, and can happen to anyone. One way to deal with this is to say you want to rephrase the question to make sure you understand it. Then restate the question as you understood it. Saying it again bides you a little time, and also tends to allow you to formulate an answer that is appropriate to the question.
Some interviewers like to ask off-putting or seemingly unusual questions to rattle you a bit. It gives them a chance to see how you handle yourself, how you deal with things that are out of the ordinary, and also how you can tie things together. I think it is okay to ask for clarification or get their input on why they are asking that question--if you feel comfortable doing that. Getting an interviewer to engage with you as an equal can help you show your strengths and cultural fit for the position.
And, a quick list of some blog posts that might be helpful in prepping for the interview:
If things go poorly, lick your wounds and read my blooper reel for some mistakes other interviewers have made when meeting with me. Not every mistake costs you the job. http://winetalent.blogspot.com/2015/05/cranky-recruiters-interview-bloopers.html
And after the interview, say thank you. http://winetalent.blogspot.com/2017/03/mind-your-manners-dont-forget-to-say.html
Good luck, and remember to tell yourself you are a winner! (Read one of my favorite tips on interviewing here: http://danariely.com/2013/02/16/ask-ariely-on-interviews-luck-and-the-canoe-test/)