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Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions

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Set of questions which will help you to prepare fpr interview
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50 Common Interview Questions and Answers
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Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it.
*( Tell 'e a!o"t +o"r#elf,
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement
in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to workrelated items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and !obs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. "tart with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
-( Wh+ $%$ +o" leave +o"r la#t .o!/
"tay positive regardless of the circumstances. #ever refer to a ma!or problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors$ coworkers or the organi%ation. &f you do$ you will be the one looking bad. 'eep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity$ a chance to do something special or other forwardlooking reasons.
( What e12er%en&e $o +o" have %n th%# f%el$/
"peak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. &f you do not have specific e(perience$ get as close as you can.
3( Do +o" &on#%$er +o"r#elf #"&&e##f"l/
You should always answer yes and briefly e(plain why. ) good e(planation is that you have set goals$ and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.
5( What $o &o4orer# #a+ a!o"t +o"/
Be prepared with a quote or two from coworkers. *ither a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. +ill ,lark$ a coworker at "mith ,ompany$ always said & was the hardest workers she had ever known. &t is as powerful as +ill having said it at the interview herself.
6( What $o +o" no a!o"t th%# organ%7at%on/
This question is one reason to do some research on the organi%ation before the interview. -ind out where they have been and where they are going. hat are the current issues and who are the ma!or players/
8( What have +o" $one to %'2rove +o"r nole$ge %n the la#t +ear/
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the !ob. ) wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive selfimprovement. 0ave some good ones handy to mention.
9( Are +o" a22l+%ng for other .o!#/
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. 'eep the focus on this !ob and what you can do for this organi%ation. )nything else is a distraction.
:( Wh+ $o +o" ant to or for th%# organ%7at%on/
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This may take some thought and certainly$ should be based on the research you have done on the organi%ation. "incerity is e(tremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your longterm career goals.
*0( Do +o" no an+one ho or# for "#/
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organi%ation. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.
**( What %n$ of #alar+ $o +o" nee$/
) loaded question. ) nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. "o$ do not answer it. &nstead$ say something like$ That1s a tough question. ,an you tell me the range for this position/ &n most cases$ the interviewer$ taken off guard$ will tell you. &f not$ say that it can depend on the details of the !ob. Then give a wide range.
*-( Are +o" a tea' 2la+er/
You are$ of course$ a team player. Be sure to have e(amples ready. "pecifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. 2o not brag$ !ust say it in a matteroffact tone. This is a key point.
*( ;o long o"l$ +o" e12e&t to or for "# %f h%re$/
"pecifics here are not good. "omething like this should work3 &1d like it to be a long time. 4r)s long as we both feel &1m doing a good !ob.
*3( ;ave +o" ever ha$ to f%re an+one/ ;o $%$ +o" feel a!o"t that/
This is serious. 2o not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. )t the same time$ you will do it when it is the right thing to do. hen it comes to the organi%ation versus the individual who has created a harmful situation$ you will protect the organi%ation. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.
*5( What %# +o"r 2h%lo#o2h+ toar$# or/
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. 2o you have strong feelings that the !ob gets done/ Yes. That1s the type of answer that works best here. "hort and positive$ showing a benefit to the organi%ation.
*6( If +o" ha$ eno"gh 'one+ to ret%re r%ght no< o"l$ +o"/
)nswer yes if you would. But since you need to work$ this is the type of work you prefer. 2o not say yes if you do not mean it.
*8( ;ave +o" ever !een a#e$ to leave a 2o#%t%on/
&f you have not$ say no. &f you have$ be honest$ brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organi%ation involved.
*9( E12la%n ho +o" o"l$ !e an a##et to th%# organ%7at%on
You should be an(ious for this question. &t gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. 5ive a little advance thought to this relationship.
*:( Wh+ #ho"l$ e h%re +o"/
6oint out how your assets meet what the organi%ation needs. 2o not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.
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-0( Tell 'e a!o"t a #"gge#t%on +o" have 'a$e
0ave a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. 4ne related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.
-*( What %rr%tate# +o" a!o"t &o4orer#/
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. ) short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.
--( What %# +o"r greate#t #trength/
#umerous answers are good$ !ust stay positive. ) few good e(amples3Your ability to prioriti%e$ Your problemsolving skills$ Your ability to work under pressure$ Your ability to focus on pro!ects$ Your professional e(pertise$ Your leadership skills$ Your positive attitude .
-( Tell 'e a!o"t +o"r $rea' .o!(
"tay away from a specific !ob. You cannot win. &f you say the !ob you are contending for is it$ you strain credibility. &f you say another !ob is it$ you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like3 )  !ob where & love the work$ like the people$ can contribute and can1t wait to get to work.
-3( Wh+ $o +o" th%n +o" o"l$ $o ell at th%# .o!/
5ive several reasons and include skills$ e(perience and interest.
-5( What are +o" loo%ng for %n a .o!/
"ee answer 7 89
-6( What %n$ of 2er#on o"l$ +o" ref"#e to or %th/
2o not be trivial. &t would take disloyalty to the organi%ation$ violence or lawbreaking to get you to ob!ect. :inor ob!ections will label you as a whiner.
-8( What %# 'ore %'2ortant to +o", the 'one+ or the or/
:oney is always important$ but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.
-9( What o"l$ +o"r 2rev%o"# #"2erv%#or #a+ +o"r #tronge#t 2o%nt %#/
There are numerous good possibilities3Loyalty$ *nergy$ 6ositive attitude$ Leadership$ Team player$ *(pertise$ &nitiative$ 6atience$ 0ard work$ ,reativity$ 6roblem solver
-:( Tell 'e a!o"t a 2ro!le' +o" ha$ %th a #"2erv%#or
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. &f you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss$ you may well below the interview right there. "tay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.
0( What ha# $%#a22o%nte$ +o" a!o"t a .o!/
2on1t get trivial or negative. "afe areas are few but can include3#ot enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction ,ompany did not win a contract$ which would have given you more responsibility.
*( Tell 'e a!o"t +o"r a!%l%t+ to or "n$er 2re##"re(
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