Q#1 – How long have you been looking for a job?
(Concern – is there something wrong with you that other employers have picked up?) A#1 – “After I was laid off from my last job, I took the opportunity to take some time out to examine my career goals and where I was going with my life. I have just begun my search in the last few weeks. I have a definite goal in mind and have been selective about the positions I consider. Your company and this position are of great interest to me.” Q#2 – How did you prepare for this interview? (Concern – are you interested enough to do some research, or are you going to “wing it”?) A#2 – “When I found this position posted on the internet (monster.com) I was immediately interested. I checked out the company website and mission statement, looked at the bios of company founders and executives, and was impressed. Once I had the interview appointment, I talked with friends and acquaintances in the industry. And, I’m sure I’ll find out a lot more in today’s meetings.” Q#3 – What is your salary expectation for this job? (Concern – Can we afford you? Can we get you for less than budgeted?) A#3 – “I’ll need more information about the job and the responsibilities involved before we can begin to discuss salary. Can you give me an idea of the range budgeted for this position?” Q#4 – How do you keep current and informed about your job and the industries that you have worked in? (Concern – Once you get the job do you continue to learn and grow – stay challenged and motivated?) A#4 – “I pride myself on my ability to stay on top of what is happening in my industry. I do a lot of reading – the business section of the newspapers and magazines. I belong to a couple of professional organizations and network with colleagues at the meetings. I take classes and seminars whenever they are of interest, or offer new information or technology.” Q#5 – Tell me about a time when you had to plan and coordinate a project from start to finish. (Concern – behavioral questions – seeking an example of specific past behavior) A#5 – ” I headed up a project which involved customer service personnel and technicians. I organized a meeting to get everyone together to brainstorm and get his or her input. From this meeting I drew up a plan, taking the best of the ideas. I organized teams, balancing the mixture of technical and non-technical people. We had a deadline to meet, so I did periodic checks with the teams. After three weeks, we were exceeding expectations, and were able to begin implementation of the plan. It was a great team effort, and a big success. I was commended by management for my leadership, but I was most proud of the team spirit and cooperation which it took to pull it off.” Q#6 – What kinds of people do you have difficulties working with? (Concern – ability to be flexible and work in a diverse environment?) A#6 – “In my last three jobs I have worked with men and women from very diverse backgrounds and cultures. The only time I had difficulty was with people who were dishonest about work issues. I worked with one woman who was taking credit for work that her team accomplished. I had an opportunity to talk with her one day and explained how she was affecting the morale. She became very upset that others saw her that way, and said she was unaware of her behavior or the
I worked with a team of four people and we did some really original thinking. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present. plus my ability to communicate and build customer relationships. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. makes me a perfect match for this position. I feel I am in a position to consider an offer. Her behavior changed after our talk.) A#10 – “Based on my research and the information I have gathered during the interview process. There was a lot of camaraderie. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. however. whatever that takes. and that’s what I thrive on. and you have what I want. My goal is to get the job done. What I learned from that experience is that sometimes what we perceive about others is not always the case if we check it out.” Q#9 – Why do you want this job? (Concern – are you using the shot-gun approach to job search or do you really know what you want?) A#9 – “I’ve been very careful about the companies where I have applied. I knew I found what I was looking for. but you can be ready and prepared by thinking about the factors that might concern an interviewer or employer before the interview.” Q#10 – We are ready to make an offer. Do you have a problem with that? (Concern – are you a work-aholic or a person who requires balance?) A#7 – “I have no problem working long hours. Tell me about yourself: The most often asked question in interviews.” Q#7 – We expect managers to work more than 8 hours a day. in the most efficient manner.
1. have a personal policy that I give myself at least 24 hours to make major life decisions. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. I do. It is that kind of environment I want to be involved in again. was my most rewarding experience for me. Why did you leave your last job?
. not necessarily longer. When I saw the ad for this position. That. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. and knowledge of the industry. 2. What I can bring to this job is my seven years of experience. I worked in a wonderful team environment. What I have found works for me is to work smarter. along with my flexibility and organizational skills.” There is no way you can accurately predict the questions that will be asked in an interview. I have what you need. Are you ready to accept today? (Concern – we don’t want you to go away and think about it and change your mind – we want you. I could let you know by tomorrow. I see some challenges ahead of me here. I have worked 12 or 14 hour days.reactions of others.” Q#8 – When have you been most satisfied in your career? (Concern – what motivates you? Or demotivates you?) A#8 – “The job before the one I am currently at.
co. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Why do you want to work for this organization? This may take some thought and certainly. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. you will be the one looking bad. should be based on the research you have done on the organization. A good explanation is that you have set goals. If you do. 9. 5. If you do not have specific experience. Relate it to your
.looking reasons. 8. What experience do you have in this field? Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors. get as close as you can. 3. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Have some good ones handy to mention. What do co-workers say about you? Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area.Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. 6. What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. a co-worker at Smith Company. a chance to do something special or other forward.workers or the organization. and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. Anything else is a distraction. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? 7. 4. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Jill Clark. always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes and briefly explain why.
Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time.
14. Then give a wide range. Instead. of course. That's the type of answer that works best here. What is your philosophy towards work? The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. taken off guard. 12. Do not brag. 10. If not. 13. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job. do not answer it. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Specifics here are not good. say something like. Be sure to have examples ready. That's a tough question. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? This is serious. This is a key point. Short and positive. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. just say it in a matter-of-fact tone.long-term career goals. the interviewer. showing a benefit to the organization. a team player. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. would you?
. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. say that it can depend on the details of the job. 16. you will protect the organization. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of. you will do it when it is the right thing to do. Are you a team player? You are. What kind of salary do you need? A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So. will tell you. 15. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation. Do you know anyone who works for us? Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. At the same time. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases. If you had enough money to retire right now. 11.
brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.Answer yes if you would.
. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus. Give a little advance thought to this relationship. Your ability to work under pressure. Stay away from a specific job. If you have. But since you need to work. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. Do not say yes if you do not mean it. If you say the job you are contending for is it. this is the type of work you prefer. Your problem-solving skills. Your leadership skills. If you say another job is it. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work. 22. Why should we hire you? Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize. What irritates you about co-workers? This is a trap question. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison. 17. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? If you have not. 18. 19. be honest. 20. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. You cannot win. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Your positive attitude 23. What is your greatest strength? Numerous answers are good. Have a good one ready. just stay positive. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. you strain credibility. like the people. 21. Tell me about your dream job. can contribute and can't wait to get to work. say no. You should be anxious for this question. Your professional expertise. Tell me about a suggestion you have made. Your ability to focus on projects.
Why do you think you would do well at this job? Give several reasons and include skills. Patience. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. experience and interest. Hard work. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge.24. Problem solver 29. 28. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract. Initiative. 27. which would have given you more responsibility. What are you looking for in a job? See answer # 23 26. Team player. It would take disloyalty to the organization. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.
. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor. but the work is the most important. 25. Creativity. Energy. you may well below the interview right there. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss. There is no better answer. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Expertise. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. What has disappointed you about a job? Don't get trivial or negative. What is more important to you: the money or the work? Money is always important. 30. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty. Positive attitude. 31. Leadership. Biggest trap of all.
Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one. 38. Try to avoid labels.Your boss tell you that you are successful 36. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own? This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. but good examples are: Challenge. instead of one size fits all. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Probably this one. Just say yes. because it says you will manage according to the situation. salesman or consensus. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. How would you know you were successful on this job? Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Describe your management style. Recognition 34.32. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? This is up to you. 35. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
. Your outcomes are a success. 37. 33. Achievement. Be honest at this point and save yourself uture grief. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe. like progressive. Would you be willing to relocate if required? You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. 39. Be totally honest. Some of the more common labels.
If you are comfortable in different roles. bring that up: Then. If you were hiring a person for this job. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. What qualities do you look for in a boss? Be generic and positive. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? First. 40. Things like. 47. what would you look for? Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have. state that you are very well qualified for the position. point that out. well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. All bosses think they have these traits. Do you have any blind spots? Trick question. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Regardless of your qualifications. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner. Describe your work ethic. 44. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? Be honest. 46. 45. Pick a specific incident. determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others. a sense of humor. loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. they are no longer blind spots.Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. 43. 41. Safe qualities are knowledgeable. Do not hand it to them.
. 42. if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about. Emphasize benefits to the organization. fair. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off. Make it small. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled. If you know about blind spots.
Show acceptance and no negative feelings.48. Always be honest. 49.
"Tell me a little about yourself. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization. but talk about your best traits only. written dozens of articles accepted by worldwide publications. you should focus on both your personal and professional values. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples. I'm a volunteer with the local chapter of Special Olympics and enjoy participating in community events. 50. especially those that relate to the position for which you are applying." When responding to this request. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. what would you say? "What do you feel has been your greatest work-related accomplishment?"
. Here's an example: "I'm an experienced communications specialist with extensive knowledge of public information tools and techniques. My goals are to complete my Master's Degree and broaden my experiences with community relations. Consider this your own personal commercial. but am also a self-starter who doesn't mind working on my own. Do you have any questions for me? Always have some questions prepared. By studying the job announcement. and created specialized educational programs for adults and students." Remember to tailor your response to the specific job. Highlight experiences and accomplishments you are most proud of. If the interview consisted of only this ONE chance to sell yourself. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job. I've developed comprehensive communication plans for major public events. and have implemented continuous improvement techniques in my past positions that saved money and increased productivity. I am always eager to learn new methods and procedures. you'll get a good idea of the skills and experience being sought. Work those into your response. What has been your biggest professional disappointment? Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. I like working with people and enjoy group projects.
Don't be afaid to admit that you will ask for assistance if you are feeling overwhelmed. and organizational skills. but then emphasize what you've done to overcome it. you could say: "I'm good at organizational skills. For example: "I've had trouble delegating duties to others because I felt I could do things better myself. problem-solving or decision-making skills to reduce stress. Most interview guides will tell you to answer it with a positive trait disguised as a weakness." Interviewers have heard these "canned" answers over and over again. But my greatest strength is my ability to effectively handle multiple projects and deadlines." IMPORTANT: Be sure the weakness you talk about is NOT a key element of the position! "How do you handle stressful situations?" Give some examples of stressful situations you've dealt with in the past. To stand out. but be sure to highlight your specific role. team-building skills." "What is your greatest weakness?" Be careful with this one. how did you handle it?"
. be more original and state a true weakness. Give specific examples of the skills and techniques you used to resolve this problem. Tell how you use time management. Site stress-reducing techniques such as stretching and taking a break. tell them that making a "to-do" list helps. "What is the toughest problem you've had to face. For example. Give specific details about what you did. if the job announcement stresses the ability to handle multiple tasks. For example. and what the results were. But I've taken courses in time management and learned effective delegation techniques. Emphasize the successful results. Don't pick just one. "Have you ever had to discipline a problem employee? If so." or "I'm a bit of a perfectionist. solved problems or enhanced a company's reputation. and how did you overcome it?" Try to make this about a problem that faced your company and not just you or your particular work group. Determine which strengths would fit best with the position for which you are applying. how you did it. For example. If it's true. the better. focus on your top three or four. Be generous in sharing credit if it was a team effort. This has sometimes backfired because I'd end up with more than I could handle and the quality of my work would suffer. raised revenues. The bigger the problem. "What is your greatest strength?" This is a great chance to highlight your best skills. and I feel I've overcome this weakness. Try to pick an accomplishment that relates to the position for which you are applying. prioritization and time management.Choose one example from your past that was important to you and helped the company you worked for. "I tend to expect others to work as hard as I do. Some examples are: leadership skills. Employers like to hear about accomplishments that reduced expenses. say you actually work better under pressure.
and coaching skills to help the employee.This is a likely question if the position for which you are applying requires supervisory duties. If those techniques turned the employee around. explain how you'll be able to apply and expand on the knowledge and experience you've gained from your current position. Instead. but what I lack in specific experience I make up for in enthusiasm and desire to excel. this gives you a last-ditch effort to change their opinion about you. whatever. emphasize several reasons why you should be hired. have interview panels in which employees from other agencies participate.." When do you expect to make your final decision?
. listening skills. especially public agencies. such as lack of specific experience. "I know I have limited experience in this field. Explain how you've always wanted the opportunity to work with a company that. If you've thought about your possible weaknesses in advance. leads the industry in innovative products. For example. Explain how your qualifications and goals complement the company's mission. Is there anything I've mentioned that makes you think I'm not the best candidate for this job? If they do mention something that's bothering them about you. you should have a prepared answer to those weaknesses. and will provide topquality results with minimal oversite. provides a vital public service." QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK What do you enjoy most about working here? Be sure the person you ask actually works for the company. I'm dedicated and enthusiastic about helping your company meet its goals.. For example: "I've got extensive experience in [name the appropriate field] and have the specific skills you are looking for.. If those techniques failed. I'm an outstanding performer who takes pride in my work. Don't try to say you are the best qualified person. I'm a fast learner and I'll work harder than anyone else to be a top producer on your team. because you don't know the qualifications of the other applicants. be sure to say so. If you are applying for a position in a company for which you already work. I'm a fast learner who adapts quickly to change and will hit the ground running. and will be able to increase your contributions and value to the company through your new responsibilities. tell how you followed the company's policies and what the end result was.. be confident and enthusiastic when you answer this. find something specific about that company that you can tie in with your answer. Explain how you used problem-solving skills. You won't have any regrets when you hire me. Some organizations. vision and values (use specific examples). "Why are you the best person for this job?" As with all other questions. "Why do you want this position?" Here's where your research about the company will help you stand out among the other candidates.
You should prepare a 2 to 3 minute presentation that briefly introduces your self (where you're from). Third. 3. "I like your salary and benefits package." OK. Similarly. 2. If you are able to give a brief.com for the role of Editor. your personal interests (hobbies. Use concrete examples as if you were already working there. An idea of the person your are behind the suit." or "My friends are already there and it makes it easier for us to hang out together. DON'T give answers such as "Oh. but you should get the picture. DO demonstrate to them how you can contribute to the company's goals and how your skills and experience match their requirements. tell them how your experience/skills will be able to let you contribute to adding market share for the company. community involvement etc). and you need to know when to follow up. when I interviewed with JobStreet. Why Do You Want To Join This Company? OK. your ability to organize and present information. And this is usually where they can read between the lines in your answer. your work history. so think carefully when answering. and recent career experience. now they want to know your motivations for joining the company. sequential summary of your life and career that relates to the job for which you're interviewing. The most time should be spent on the accomplishments in the last two areas. demonstrated in the way you present this self-story.
1. Tell Me Something About Yourself Now.
. Not enough job seekers do enough or ANY of this which is a real no-no! Make sure you understand who you are being interviewed by. For instance. your confidence level.Be sure to ask that! Failure to do so may give the impression that you're not that interested. Your conversational style. if research shows that the company is trying to be market leader. because its such a cool place to work!". its culture and market. do your research on the company. so maybe I exaggerate a little bit. Interviewers look out for three things: 1. you are WAY off the mark! 2. Second. Don't ramble on aimlessly on irrelevant nitty gritty details though. These answers seem "give-me" oriented and do not show the interviewer how your skills and experience deliver what the company needs. First. this is a golden classic used at the start of interviews to break the ice and to get you to give them a good initial run down of who you are and your "hidden" characteristics. I drew up a list of things that would add value to the job seeker. If you find yourself at the 5 minute mark talking about your high school days.
don't dwell on the negative reasons for leaving. 3. Some examples of answers that would work are below. I believe that I understand the consumer industry and can add value to your company's marketing efforts. most terminations happen because of an ill-fit between company and employee. I want to keep developing new skills but was unable to pursue this in my previous company. be clear and concise about qualities that demonstrate you take responsibility for your work ethic. Why Are You Looking For A New Job? This may seem like a straightforward question to answer. try to keep it brief yet honest. and experiences learned (or failures) on the job.) 2. problem-solving ability. but they way you deliver your response. "I have a strong ability to communicate and market a product as proven in my 2 years experience as marketing officer at University/company A. My company was restructuring and I chose to seek better opportunities elsewhere. try to take this angle. You don't want to start telling them that you are really terrible at organizing and can never be on time. What Do You Consider Your Strengths and Weaknesses? This is a time to be honest. always be honest and positive. and focus on how you can contribute better to your new company/role. actions.Instead. but don't go to extremes either way. 4. Even if you got fired from your last job.Instead. 6." 5. It is very easy to slip up here if you are unprepared. I decided to make a change to allow this to happen. So. (Make sure you mention what this new direction is. It is a way to demonstrate that you are serious about joining the company and was motivated enough to learn about it before the interview. Interviews never work if you approach them like textbook exams. If you left voluntarily. But again. So. don't just memorize these answers and throw them out again without being really honest. but look again. If you start ranting on about how your ex boss/company was a terrible employer.3. What Do You Know About Our Company? This is where your research has come in handy. Neither do you make yourself out to be the next best thing since sliced bread. I wanted to move my career in a new direction. or has he been able to focus his energy on the future and the next position? Does she place total blame on others for her situation or does she accept at least some responsibility for it?" Further. For example.
. Most people seek another job because they are unhappy/unsatisfied with their current employment. But relating ANYTHING in a negative light at an interview is bad form. 1. they may be thinking "Is he still dealing with bitter or sad feelings. not so much performance. and values." It shows lack of focus and motivation for your career objective. focus on your desired position and how your skills and experience can help you be an asset within that position. What Kind Of Position Are You Looking For? Avoid vague answers such as "I want an exciting job" or "I want to grow my skills in this area. Most interviewers don't look so much for the reason you left.
Close the interview with any last questions. thank them for their time and give a firm handshake before smiling and saying good bye. However. because it can seem arrogant and memorized. fearful or confused. 7. successfully resolving a situation at work which demonstrates your problem solving skills and delivering an important report under difficult circumstances which shows your ability to handle pressure. Ie. The first interview is just a lead into the second interview or offer to a job. do your research. 8. Never sound overly confident.
. pass on your namecard if you have one. which you are allowed to use only twice.which can translate into how you may be able to succeed in the company if they hire you.. Not everyone is suited for the job or the company. and understand the job you are being interviewed for and how your skills / personality / experience match the job's requirements. You have a two-armed scale. 9. Keep things positive. Networking skills is important so show how you used yours in your past to good stead.Don't respond by repeating each and every fact you learnt about the company. one of which is slightly heavier than the others. State realistic expectations and propose a real plan of where you intend to go within the company. This is a way for interviewers to gauge how you managed people/projects/yourself in a successful manner . markets and latest development. A successful event that you set up showing your organizational skills. The key point here is to try to tell them about experience gained in areas that might be relevant to your new position.. 10. So don't be discouraged if you were not offered a position right away. Try to choose a set of achievements that allow you to display a variety of strengths. Where Do You See Yourself One / Five Years From Now? Respond to reflect your confidence and drive to reach a level of work that will be rewarded for your success. and don't give up on yourself! Besides. Do mention its major product. be prepared. Keep your chin up and your cool. When You Start A New Job. Which ball is heavier?" Now where is my physics textbook again. "There are eight balls. even if the assignments performed don't exactly match those required in the new position. How Do You Establish Good Relationships With Your New Colleagues and Supervisors? It is important here to be enthusiastic and positive. Also try to show your eagerness to learn more about the company by asking some questions to the interviewer him/herself. So that wraps out the countdown! The bottomline is. also take the opportunity to mention any projects your volunteered for. things could be a lot worse at interviews and you could be asked a question like the one used by Goldman Sachs in the USA. special projects you took on outside your work scope or elected positions held in committees in other past jobs/university. Tell them how you worked well with your past colleagues or peers in projects etc. What Do You Consider Your Greatest Achievements? Try to mention about 2-3 achievements. What Type Of Job Assignments Did You Perform In Your Last Job? Be honest and to the point answering this.