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How to Answer the 64 Toughest Interview Question

How to Answer the 64 Toughest Interview Question

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How to Answer The 64 ToughestInterviewQuestions
This book is designed to provide accurateinformation on the subjects covered. However, it isdone with the understanding that the publisher isnot engaged in rendering legal, accounting orprofessional services. If legal advice or otherprofessional assistance is required, the services of a competent, professional person should be sought.Any names used in the text are fictitious and forillustrative purposes only. Any resemblance toactual persons or companies is purely coincidentaland unintentional.
Dedication:
This report is dedicated to courage andknowledge, the two qualities most needed tosucceed in any human challenge, especially a job search
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General
Guidelines in Answering Interview Questions....................................................3Q1Tell me about yourself........................................................................................5Q2What are your greatest strengths?.....................................................................6Q3What are your greatest weaknesses?................................................................6Q4Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little ashamedof.7Q5Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?........................................8Q6The “Silent Treatment”.......................................................................................9Q7Why should I hire you?......................................................................................9Q8Aren’t you overqualified for this position?........................................................10Q9Where do you see yourself five years from now?.............................................11Q10Describe your ideal company, location and job................................................12Q11Why do you want to work at our company?.....................................................12Q12What are your career options right now?.........................................................12Q13Why have you been out of work so long?........................................................13Q14Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company,management team, etc.)…..............................................................................13Q15What good books have you read lately?..........................................................14Q16Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized..................................14Q17What are your outside interest?.......................................................................15Q18The “Fatal Flawquestion................................................................................15Q19How do you feel about reporting to a younger person (minority, woman, etc)?16Q20On confidential matters…................................................................................16Q21Would you lie for the company?.......................................................................17Q22Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?.................................17Q23Could you have done better in your last job?...................................................18Q24Can you work under pressure?........................................................................18Q25What makes you angry?..................................................................................18Q26Why aren’t you earning more money at this stage of your career?..................19Q27Who has inspired you in your life and why?.....................................................19Q28What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?.................................20Q29Tell me about the most boring job you’ve ever had..........................................20Q30Have you been absent from work more than a few days in any previous position?20Q31What changes would you make if you came on board?...................................21Q32I’m concerned that you don’t have as much experience as we’d like in…........21Q33How do you feel about working nights and weekends?...................................22Q34Are you willing to relocate or travel?................................................................23Q35Do you have the stomach to fire people? Have you had experience firing manypeople?............................................................................................................23Q36Why have you had so many jobs?...................................................................24Q37What do you see as the proper role/mission of… …a good (job title you’re seeking); …a good manager; …an executive in serving the community; …a leading company inour industry; etc...............................................................................................25Q38What would you say to your boss if he’s crazy about an idea, but you think it stinks?25
 
Q39How could you have improved your career progress?.....................................26Q40What would you do if a fellow executive on your own corporate level wasn’t pullinghis/her weight…and this was hurting your department?..................................26Q41You’ve been with your firm a long time. Won’t it be hard switching to a new company?27Q42May I contact your present employer for a reference?.....................................27Q43Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill…managing ability, etc.)28Q44Where could you use some improvement?......................................................28Q45What do you worry about?...............................................................................28Q46How many hours a week do you normally work?.............................................28Q47What’s the most difficult part of being a (job title)?...........................................29Q48The “Hypothetical Problem”.............................................................................29Q49What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?.....................................29Q50Have you consider starting your own business?..............................................30Q51What are your goals?.......................................................................................31Q52What do you for when you hire people?..........................................................31Q53Sell me this stapler…(this pencil…this clock…or some other object on interviewer’sdesk)................................................................................................................31Q54“The Salary Question” – How much money do you want?...............................33Q55The Illegal Question.........................................................................................33Q56The “Secret” Illegal Question...........................................................................34Q57What was the toughest part of your last job?...................................................35Q58How do you define success…and how do you measure up to your own definition?.35Q59“The Opinion Question” – What do you think about …Abortion…The President…TheDeath Penalty…(or any other controversial subject)?......................................36Q60If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?.........................................36Q61Looking back on your last position, have you done your best work?...............37Q62Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?37Q63Tell me something negative you’ve heard about our company….....................38Q64On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.........................................38
General Guidelinesin Answering
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