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1. Tell me about yourself. This basically just serves to make the person comfortable and gives me a chance to figure out how they talk. This is a question that every interviewee should be prepared to answer, so you should be able to deliver a steady answer here. Have something clear in mind for this one before you even go in the door. The “best” answer highlights aspects of yourself that make you stand out from Joe Average in a positive fashion. Make a list of four or five of the biggest ones, then work that into a thirty second bit.
2. Tell me what you know about us. This question simply tries to determine if the person being interviewed has done their homework. An exceptional candidate will be able to deliver a lot of information about the company, but mostly this eliminates people who didn’t even bother to do minimal checking - these are people we don’t want. In other words, before you go to an interview, know what the organization is.
3. What sets you apart from other people that might apply for this job? The answer is usually already known to the interviewer based on the resume, but this is a chance for you to really sell yourself. Most interviewers will usually sit back and see how well you can sell. On occasion, surprises can be good here, but this can be tricky - if it’s something that should have been on your resume, why was it not on your resume? You’re better off knowing what the cream of the crop of your resume is and just listing it out.
4. Describe to me the position you’re applying for. This is a “homework” question, too, but it also gives some clues as to the perspective the person brings to the table. The best preparation you can do is to read the job description and repeat it to yourself in your own words so that you can do this smoothly at the interview.
5. Why are you interested this position? This is actually something of a trick question, because it’s just a way of re-asking the second question (what you know about the company) and the fourth (what you know about the position). It’s asked because it tells whether people give flippant answers to questions (things like “because I’m a people person”) or
I’d prefer to hear a genuine reason for discomfort (particularly one that comes from real observation of the company) than a platitude that isn’t really a discomfort at all.it’s just not in us. but it’s rarely used that way. What aspect of this position makes you the most uncomfortable? Most people think this is some sort of filter.whether they think about things and give a genuine question. On the other hand. if I came from a strict hierarchical organization. The best applicant is usually someone who will admit that they made a disaster out of something (they’re fairly honest and willing to admit errors) and that they learned from it. No one on earth will like every aspect of every potential job . but the important one is the biggest failure. This is actually an honesty question. Location? Working hours? People? The company’s too big? The company’s too small? Honesty really works here . frankly.” 7.a “best” boss that provided strong guidance and a good relationship or a “worst” boss that basically left the applicant to blow in the wind. just come up with a few things that seem intriguing to you about the company and the position and reasons why they interest you. 9. you’ll have a very hard time fitting in and succeeding. These two questions simply seek to figure out what kind of management style will work best for this person and also how that person is likely to manage people. This is a good question to formulate an answer for in advance . What was the biggest failure you had at your last job? It’s usually good to pair these questions. 10. What was the biggest success you had at your last job? 8. A good way to answer is something like “I’ve never worked in a company this large before” or “I’ve heard some strange things about the corporate culture” or “The idea of working for a startup at such an early stage makes me nervous. These questions might be worded as “what kind of management style works for you.basically.the interviewer will have a good idea of the corporate culture and. Tell me about the worst supervisor you’ve ever had.” . I might want to see the exact opposite . 6. If that’s the case. Let’s say I work in an organization with a very loose-knit management structure that requires a lot of self-starting. I want to either hear that the “best” boss was very hands-off or that the “worst” boss was a micromanager. Tell me about the best supervisor you’ve ever had. if you try to slip into a company where you don’t match the culture. an incredibly important trait. Your best approach is to answer this as honestly as possible .
Your worst boss should have a very small number of specific flaws and they should mostly relate to diverging expectations from you. Bashing someone during an interview just reflects poorly on you. Have you done anything in the last year to learn new things/improve yourself in relation to the requirements of this job? This is a great “deer in the headlights look” question. Never turn the interview into a bash-fest of anyone. 12. 11. Tell me about your dream job.technical ones and leadership ones . The best way to handle this question is simply to always spend some time working on your skills in whatever way you can. Write open source code. this isn’t their biggest success or biggest failure. The interviewer could usually care less what the exact project is. What do you see as the important future trends in this area? This works well for some positions . Never say this job. so don’t jump for the bait. It should be pretty obvious from the type of job you’re applying for whether this question might be asked. The question is mostly looking to see if you have faced serious difficulty and how you overcame it. Both answers are very bad the first one sends the warning flags flying and the second one says that the person’s not really interested in sticking around. Have you ever had a serious conflict in a previous employment? How was it resolved? . Instead.Another tip: highlight positives in all of the bosses you discuss. you’ll not only have a strong resume. not in bad character traits. Participate in Toastmasters. stick to specific traits name aspects of what would be your dream job. Take a class. If you put effort into improving yourself every year.and not well for others. Some of them should match what the company has available. but this question will be a non-issue. it’s easy to prepare for . 14. For most people. 15. but something that they turned from a likely failure into some sort of success. Never say another specific job. If it is. as most people simply don’t have an answer. but it’s actually best if they don’t all perfectly match.just spend a half an hour reading some blogs on the specific areas you’re applying for and you’ll have some food. Tell me about the most difficult project you ever faced. 13.
concrete answer of any reasonable sort is good here. Since these answers usually are heavily involved with the specifics of the previous position. for example. as is a desire to seek specific new challenges (but be specific on what challenges you want to face). What did you learn from your last position? Although it’s fine to list a technical skill or two here. The best way to answer usually involves telling the story.” but it’s usually not a deal breaker if the answer is “yes. Having done so indicates that you’re willing to do the same at this position. it’s great if you can answer “no. Downsizing is a good answer. 18. There should be no job where you learned nothing. the specifics aren’t really important.it’s a great way to show that you’ve made mistakes and learned valuable lessons from them. ideally with some success story behind it. It also opens the door for people with poor character to start bashing their previous employer. particularly if your job is very technical. this is looking for conviction of character. but showing within it that there are two sides to that story and that you’ve learned from the experience to try to see the other person’s perspective. Minimize your actual discussion of your previous position here. a “yes” answer can be turned into a positive . A strong. What’s most important is that you actually have been involved in making a suggestion and helping it come to fruition. 17. but don’t spend time bashing the people . Not having an answer of some sort here is generally a sizeable negative.This question mostly looks for honesty and for the realization that most conflicts have two sides to a story. 16. Be honest here. and the interviewer is expecting that you learned at least a few things at your previous employment that will help at your current one. Tell me about a suggestion that you made that was implemented at a previous job.” In fact. Obviously. it’s very important to mention some non-technical things. no matter what. as you’ll be very close to a big opportunity to start bashing your previous position. which can do nothing but improve an organization. 19. “I learned how to work in a team environment after mostly working in solo environments” is a good one. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? Tell me about the experience. Why did you leave your last position? Mostly. but not a “do or die” negative. “I wanted to move on” is not a strong answer. something which leaves a bad taste in most interviewers’ mouths.
Have you ever had to fire anyone? Tell me about the experience. but there were a few compelling aspects of this job that made me want to follow up on it” and list those aspects. It’s usually used as a reality check . Talking about promotion is thus usually the safest bet if you’re not familiar with the culture.if you’re hiring a janitor and they expect $80K. usually .” but people who are trying too hard to feed me a line of nonsense answer “no.that let you go.don’t want self-starters and are particularly afraid of people who dream of becoming entrepreneurs. the person you’re interviewing with has little control over the final salary you’ll get.it should not have been an easy choice or an easy experience. At the same time.” The best way to answer is to say “Yes. Only discuss them with respect. but not really low or insanely high. We’re both trying to find the best fit for what we need and what we want. I’m looking for “yes. but it is useful in some regards as it filters for people with initiative. A good answer is usually on target or a bit on the high side. Are you applying for other jobs? This is an honesty question. Do not bash the person you fired. I’d rather have an answer that involves either promotion or some level of enterpreneurship . even if you’re angry about what happened. I’m actually happy with my current position. in much the same way that you’re interviewing other people. 20. either . I’d get an idea of the asking rate for the position before I ever go to the interview.strong organizations thrive on self-starters. In most cases. but I personally love it when people interviewing . Where do you see yourself in your career in five years? This is something of a “junk” question. but one that you handled and survived.weak ones. 22. this is often not salary negotiation. 21.” If your answer is truly no.“No. then request about 30% more. Take it dead seriously when answering . A person who answers something along the lines of “I’m going to be successful in this position that I’m interviewing for!” is either not incredibly motivated to improve themselves or isn’t being totally honest. 23. This is a question that is mostly looking to see if you have empathy for others. you can probably toss the resume right then and there.be as clinical as possible with the reasons. a highly-skilled programmer selling themselves at $30K is also setting off some warning bells. then say so . What do you feel this position should pay? Surprising to many. The only problem for potential interviewees is that some companies .
fifteen years down the road? This is a great late question because it tells you whether the person is a longterm thinker or not. Work on a very brief description of yourself that you can bust out at any interview. Do Your Homework! Here are the things you should do in advance of any interview that will help you handle almost all of the questions above. Research the position by reading the job posting very carefully and looking up any pieces that you don’t know. A thirty second spiel will do. 24. don’t sweat it if you can’t find much information. Not having questions is a sign that you aren’t really that interested in the position. but stick to the things that are either positive or (at worst) neutral . your job as an interviewee is to have a few questions already in mind when you walk in the door. Good things to read include the company’s most recent annual report and their Wikipedia entry (if they’re big) or just by Googling the company’s name and location (if they’re small). just try to absorb as much as you can from whatever sources you can get. 25.talk about entrepreneurship . you do have questions about this job. Do you have any questions about this job? Yes.that means they’re the type that will be intense about succeeding. but if it’s truly a tiny startup. Thus. mature mental state and will often wind up being stronger workers than people without long-term plans. If it’s a startup.keep the negatives to yourself unless they’re tied to a big positive. People that plan for the long term are usually in a good. though. What are your long-term goals .just make sure your questions are intelligent ones.say. Most interviewers are happy to answer most anything you ask them . Research the company by visiting their web site and finding out exactly what they do. The big trick is to mention things that are unusual or even unique to you. You might also want to refresh yourself on .
which is a big positive for you. as these are going to be silver bullets during the interview. just try to focus on the positives of what you already have. Be honest. Questions of all kinds are good here. Know how you match the position by taking the pieces of the company information you found and the job posting and matching them to your skills. Do about five of these. If there are specific things about your last job that really. above all else. If you’ve made it to the interview. Are you a programmer? Contribute to an open source project. Always work to improve your skills by participating in activities that sharpen the key skills you need for the field you’re in. and also be able to state the reasons for leaving as clinically as possible. Do not bash your previous job. Also.blogs and news sites are a good place to start. there’s something the organization likes about you. identify at least one thing that makes you uncomfortable about the company and position and think about why it makes you uncomfortable. Don’t waste time inventing stuff to say . If you make up things at your interview and you slip at all.what’s cutting edge in the areas covered by the job posting by reading up a bit if you’re not already familiar . Are you an administrative assistant? Do volunteer work for an organization that could use your skills but does things in a different way (the same goes for many tradespeople). really irritate you. Instead. You should also get a good grip on the regular starting salary for this type of job by searching around for similar jobs near your location. and be prepared to discuss it without being negative. the interviewer will toss your application in the trash. but the best ones usually address corporate culture and technical specifics of the job. Are you in public relations? Join a Toastmasters group. spend some time trying to think of positives about it. Have a few questions about the position in mind when you walk in the door. Know when you go in that your previous job will likely be discussed at least to a degree. Look for positives. This creates a strong impression during the interview that you are actually interested in that specific position.
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