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Don t assume that you don t have what it takes to be a part of Accenture. Don t think that you don t have the right skills and experience needed to make it. You ll be surprised that you might just be the person we re looking for. In Accenture, you get to continue to grow, learn and improve yourself both, personally and professionally. All you need is the right attitude and the willingness to learn to be successful in Accenture. In Accenture, if you would work hard and develop a passion for what you do, you would surely be rewarded. Excel at something and be known for it troubleshooting computer, working on Excel or Powerpoint, communication, people-handling, doing reports, product knowledge, and etc. - this would be your ticket to even more success. The saying you get out of life what you put into it applies to career as well. If you spend your day just getting by, you will do just that: get by. But if you come in everyday with the eagerness to learn as much as possible, then it will be very rewarding. Aim high. Why waste your time being mediocre? Strive for continuous improvement. Be faithful with the small stuff and big responsibilities will be entrusted to you. I have been working for Accenture for 5 years now. After four managers and various additions to my team, I realized that loyalty and continued love for my work and my team brought me a long way from the person I was on my first day of work in Accenture. I have gained friends who I look forward to working with everyday. I have earned the trust of my managers to be given responsibilities beyond my imagination. And I am gratefully blessed to be working for Accenture You have to be with a company that values people a lot and I could say Accenture does value every employee. It s always people first. You don t have to find a perfect company. Just look for a good company that would help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I have been working for Accenture for the past 3 years and still counting, and I find it very fulfilling. I think high performance starts from day one. I think it would help if we consistently meet and exceed expectations even from the first day of training. It is a challenge to be consistent but it is always best to have a consistent level of performance. The advice given to me when I was new here at Accenture was to make sure that all measurable metrics are all exceeded. Having the right attitude is also important to have a successful career at Accenture. Set goals for yourself, but balance it with the right amount of patience, perseverance and humility to accept the areas for improvement. We are all on a constant learning process. This is a cool company where they encourage you to follow your dream while working. You will have all the opportunity to go up the corporate ladder but also have the time to enjoy hobbies and pastimes outside of work. They will provide support not only with your career in Accenture but also your hobbies and pastimes as well. Go for it, it s not always about the money. At the end of the day, you will always look for growth and Accenture will definitely give that to you. Accenture is a world wide known company. Working here will not just give you the pride of the prestige of the company's name and its stability in the global economy but the opportunity to work with the Best People. Here, people are considered the best asset that's why Accenture seeks ways to develop people for continuous career growth and learning experience. Accenture will surely boost your career. I have always learned new things everyday making my job more interesting. This company has surely molded me into the best that I can be, brought out new capabilities within me. You shouldn t be having second thoughts in joining Accenture. Job Hunt: 10 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them Job interviews can be harrowing experiences. You may feel butterflies in your stomach before you even walk through the interview room door, and you may find the suave replies you imagined yourself making have tangled on your tongue, and the first word of every answer you give is um. It can happen to anyone and probably has happened to everyone at least once. The secret to making a good interview ispreparation. Reassess yourself and your reasons for applying for the position and the company. Once this is clear to you, stick to your guns. While interview styles may differ per company (and per interviewer), there are a few questions that are more or less standard job interview fare. FN has collected ten basic interview questions you re likely to face and offers you advice on how to approach each. Tell me about yourself. This is normally one of the first, if not the very first, questions an interviewer will ask you. This is your chance to sell yourself. More likely than not, the interviewer has had a chance to review your resume and application form, so try to avoid giving information already indicated in it; however, you may want to highlight certain points you feel are applicable to the position you re applying for, and then elaborate. You can also mention other related experiences: for example you re applying for a sales position, you may want to mention how you enjoyed a sales and marketing class you took, in which you had to sell various products. What made you decide to apply for this position/company? This question can be tricky, and should teach you to listen carefully to the question being asked. While running down the list of reasons you re suited the position may get a good point across and can help the interviewer assess whether you qualify for the position, it isn t exactly what they were looking for. Your interviewer wants to determine the reason/s you want the job in order to determine whether you are the right person for it. Being capable of doing the job and wanting it are different things, and these factors can affect your performance and how long you will stay in the company. The best way to answer this question is to express how your relevant competencies and interests meet to make you ideal and motivated for the position. Before applying for a position, or going to a job interview, do some research about the position and the company you're applying for; this means going beyond reading the ad or job description. While responsibilities may vary in different companies, most jobs generally have similar overviews. This way, you won t be like a solider heading into battle without a gun. It s best to match your skills to the skills required to fill a certain position. You may also want to briefly describe how and at which points your values and the company s align. What are your career plans? When discussing your career, remember that it is your chosen profession or occupation and not merely a job. Also, at this point, it is assumed that you already have at least an idea of the direction you want to take with your professional life. Telling an interviewer your plans for your career is to find a job is pretty obvious since you re at a job interview; it s also annoying and is really not answering the question and it s a far more common answer than you might think. Focus more on your professional goals: Do you see yourself in the same company several years down the road? Do you see this as a stepping stone toward other things, or do you plan to stay in this field or industry? Do you want to pursue further studies? If so, how does this fit into your work
schedule? Do you see yourself working abroad? You should also give at least an idea of the timeline you set for yourself. For example, when do you plan to pursue your MA or MBA? Or when do you plan to look into pursuing employment opportunities abroad, within the next two years or so? Giving the interviewer an idea of your goals will tell them more about you if you are dedicated to the career you are setting yourself up for and the potential for career growth, whether upward or laterally. Also, in being clear about what you expect to achieve, the interviewer may better determine if the company will be able to satisfy your professional needs, therefore leading to a better assessment of whether you will fit the position you are applying for on a more subjective level. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths are skills or values you feel are an asset. Rather than just listing these down, be more specific. Values are relative, therefore tricky. You can be patient, but patient to what extent and in what context? Are you able to endure instructing someone who can t seem to understand you, or are you uncomplaining of people who are late? You can also give brief examples to be better understood. Weaknesses are skills or values you feel can be a liability and need to improve on. Since these may seem like points against you, turn the negative into a positive. Give weaknesses that, when looking on the bright side, can also be a strength, and highlight that fact. You can also give a weakness that you ve created alternative solutions to or are currently working to correct. This article on About.com has some great suggestions and examples. Never refuse to answer these questions or give vague and non-committal answers since this will give the impression that you either do not know yourself well or are not confident enough in your abilities to recognize what you're best at and what you need to work on. What is your expected salary? In most cases, especially if you are a fresh grad or are applying for a job in a new industry, you might be clueless as to the standard rates in your industry. Unlike job descriptions, this may not be as easy to research since this may be based on a number of factors. Try to do some research on similar positions in the same company and other companies in the same industry. Be realistic. If you re applying for an entry level position, don t assume you ll receive a salary significantly over minimum wage. If you re really unsure, consider how much you need, because at the very least, you should be able to afford to support yourself with any job. Although you may not want to name your price, an interviewer may ask for it point blank. In this case, you should give your higher salary expectation (as long as this is not unreasonably high a distinction you may need some trial and error to make) but add that this is negotiable. Try not to give your "last price" because this is almost always what the company will take. If you have work experience, in most cases, it s fairly reasonable to expect a salary no lower than your last indeed, you should start out by asking for more, especially because you ll be leaving your present job for the one you re applying for (and you may not be able to return if things don't go well). You want to make the move worth your while. Which brings us to the next frequently asked question. What are your reasons for leaving your previous employment? Be truthful to an extent. Let s face it, nothing is perfect. There will always be gripes or issues about previous companies, bosses, co-workers, team members, and most everyone you will encounter. While these complaints may strongly factor into your job hunt, they will most probably not be the only reasons. Also, you may be tempted to use these complaints and negative incidents as examples for situational questions, but resist the urge and take a more objective approach. The interviewer may be assessing how you are able to deal with other people or may be thinking of how you would represent the company if you are hired. Badmouthing is a sign of immaturity; if your previous experience was not a good one, there are better outlets and instances to gripe about it than a job interview. Focus on your positive reasons for leaving and downplay the negative ones: for instance, instead of saying the pay was terrible and you were being overworked in your previous company, say that you felt ready to take on greater challenges and grow professionally.
Are you willing to do overtime? People argue that this can be a difficult question to answer, because you obviously can t say no, and saying yes may appear as an invitation for the company to exploit you. But if you think about it, you re bound to doovertime at one point or another. Also, depending on the nature of the work, overtime may be inapplicable because the work itself involves rendering long hours. Moreover, if you're applying for a managerial position or a position that is focused more on projects than operations, note that there may be no overtime pay, and overtime may simply be a given. If you do not feel comfortable saying yes outright, you can sidestep by expressing your agreement or determination to deliver what is asked or needed of you. This has the additional benefit of showing you as being goal-driven rather than a clock-watcher. What motivates you? The question of motivation is one of the easier questions the interviewer asks to get a better idea of your values and personality and therefore assess whether these coincide with the company culture and nature of the position you re applying for. Be honest, but make sure that this is relevant to the job and company you're interviewing for. A safe response is to say that you're spurred on by challenges to learn and continuously improve yourself. This article on About.com has more suggestions on how you may want to phrase your answer to this question. What do you look for in an employer? This is another rather easy question that measures suitability; however, in this case, it assesses your compatibility to the environment. In the same way, you are being assessed on whether you meet the company s needs and expectations; it will also be determined whether the company meets yours. This is important because it would be a waste of your time and the company s time to continue with the process if eventually you realize you will not be able to get what you need from them. Be clear but realistic about your expectations.
While it is easier said than done, the best way to handle a job interview is to be as relaxed as you can manage. Make sure you understand the questions clearly before answering, since it is better to give a well thought out answer rather than a quick and messy monologue. Don t panic if the
" 14. so it benefits myself and peers. What is more important to you: the money or the work? You can say something like." or "As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job. Think as if you are already part of the company. And if things don t turn out well. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? If you had. Although they do not realize it. This answer diverts the question to how you are as a team player. or a chance to do something better. What do you know about the type of work we do? Do a research about the company before going to the job interview. and the activities you've had that show you worked well with them. For example. remember that you re probably one in a long line of people they re interviewing that day. determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good. what would you look for? Mention qualities that are needed for the position that you have. Why did you leave your last job? Never refer to a major problem with management or say undesirable things about your supervisors. 47. Do you have references? Contact your references ahead of time and have their names and contact details ready 45. but once I started my rotation. At first. Success doesn't necessarily have to be big ones. What motivates you to do your best on the job? Some examples are challenge. It should be consistent with the objective on your resume and the skills you mentioned you have. Say how you can be a desirable employee for the company. What is your philosophy towards work? Don't give a monologue here. Use an example that was accepted and successful. 22. This knowledge will be useful in a graduate school class. 39. How do you see yourself five years from now? If you answer that you have not thought about it or you have no plans yet. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Never give the interviewer the impression that you are more interested on other jobs. I need a break from school to explore and experience the working world. Are you a team player? The answer should always be a yes then cite examples. 27. I took my academics very seriously and worked very hard for the grades I received. 7. Discuss with your family beforehand. Or state experiences that may not be from work but are somewhat related like for a managerial position. Why have you been unemployed for such a long time? Mention the activities you have done that would help market yourself like trainings or short courses you attended. Like basketball can teach you team work. How do you handle criticism? You can say something like. state that you are very well qualified for the position. I knew why they set the requirement. I only had one or two assignments that were undoubtedly created to do individually. may it be the leader. you may mention physical activities that you do like swimming or any other sport." 3. 37. Say something like. efficient. the interviewer could conclude you have no vision and goals. once told me that I am a very organized person". I created a system that helped me learn and memorize information and I always felt prepared for my exams. competent." 35. or baking can teach you accuracy. Some examples are fair. other employees can be your best resource to learn both what to do and what not to do in the office. Talk about having fun but at the same time accomplishing something like a team building you had where you gained a good relationship with your co-workers. If you are considered an asset to the company. assuming this question should come up. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? You may say you are comfortable with any position in the team. you may cite experiences you had as a leader in a school project. Tell me about yourself. especially one that is related to the position. recognition. timely. 50. Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest. Or if you have a recommendation letter you may say. I did not understand why we were spending the summer working. not theirs. I feel my grades are a very accurate indication of my success in college and graduate school. You may say something like. Describe your work ethic. "I provide team members with effective guidance and motivation to complete assignments on time so our projects succeed. Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes. First. just mention how you have achieved goals you have set for yourself. "I expect challenging tasks. I followed my manager's suggestions and reconstructed my reports. I am proud of the achievements I have made. Job Interview Answer: Are Your Grades a Good Indication of Your Achievement? yes. What do co-workers say about you? Recall good things that your co-workers have said like. How would you know you were successful on this job? You can say something like." Then give an example where you were criticized and you handled it in a positive way like. For most projects or assignments. having multiple brains working toward the same final product can only be beneficial. Did you prefer working independently or in groups on school assignments/projects? I work comfortably as part of a group and I also work well independently. Give a positive answer and show them you are the job. never say anything negative about the last company you worked for." 13. 4. "When I have achieved all the goals that were set and I have given more than what is expected of me. but I am fully qualified. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Don't give a specific answer." 5. Say something that is achievable but not too low as this could imply you lack initiative. 16.interviewers look bored or even yawn. What do you think of the last company you worked for? As always. or for example say. 41. "I don't think I am overqualified. This shows that you can lead a team but at the same time also able to follow directions. What qualities do you look for in a boss? Be generic and positive. Don't mention other applicants for comparison. I know this because he has written it in my letter of recommendation. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others. but had to. 31. Have You Completed Any Internships? this past summer. Or you may say something like. and responsible." 19. "I believe my supervisor would say that my strongest point is that I'm reliable. there will be other opportunities. "My manager once told me that the reports I gave him were unorganized so I tried to review my past reports and asked if he had any preferences. 28. What Was Your Biggest Strength as a Student? My biggest strength as a student was how I studied and prepared for exams. This will show that you care about the company's growth. good motivator. What are your strengths? Sell yourself. not one college course can prepare you as well as personal. 25. At the moment. The internships helped me focus more specifically on what part of fashion design I was interested in. 34. Say something generic like. 38. The second is." 44. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity. I can say that I have the skills and experience you are looking for. "I see criticism as an opportunity to improve my work. 12. Describe your management style. 42. Keep the answer job or skill related. You can say you learned a lot from the company and the job. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? If you have. co-workers or the organization. Try to think and then come up with none. experience and interest. 11. "I gave birth and had to take care of my baby and this experience taught me so much about patience and time management. Why do you think you will be successful at this job? You can say something like. 21. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? Mention mistakes you've had but be sure to focus more on the lessons you have learned from that mistake. Asking questions shows you are interested to know more about the company or the job. Why do you think you would do well at this job? Mention your skills. 32." 17. What irritates you about co-workers? Do not speak badly of your past co-workers. Santos. This is for them to gauge if you are up for the challenge of the new position. "My philosophy is to do my best at all times. "I plan on staying for long. . How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? You may point out that you are a quick learner and hard worker. always explain yourself in a way that implies you did not want to. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. 1. instead of the other companies you are applying to. 15. 48. "My manager." Or you can simply say "For me. Mention how you deal with your subordinates or your projects like. Emphasize benefits to the organization. 9. 43. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. 10. Do you have any blind spots? Don't say something specific but just say everyone has them that's why working as a team is very important to point out and cover each other's blind spots. so I set my alarm two hours ahead of my time in for work. If you are applying for a job that requires you to be fit. Divert the negativity posed by the question. "Basing on my research of the company and the job description. 8. especially if this is your first or preliminary interview. Be totally honest. Would you be willing to relocate if required? Be honest. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own? Just say yes. I completed an internship with a major marketing firm in the city. Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers The interview questions that hiring managers ask entry level candidates will typically be focused on why you are interested in the job and why the company should hire you. 23. Focus on saying positive like how much you have grown from the experience. 6. What has been your biggest professional disappointment? Mention something that was beyond your control but show acceptance and no negative feelings. "Both are important because everybody needs money to live but job satisfaction is also important. 40. Tell me about your dream job. and you consider it an important stepping stone in reaching everything you have achieved. listen to what your coworkers have to say and watch what they do. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? There are many good qualities you can mention but be sure to give an example or a situation to back your answer. or follower. it would have been a shot in the dark and I may have had to go back to square one if I was not happy with my career choice. be honest and never say anything negative about your former boss or company. Would you like to see it?" 26. it s no big deal. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Regardless of your qualifications. My manager was happy with all the reports I handed him after that." 24. You may mention situations where you were part of a group or organization. My university required all fashion design majors to complete a rotation of internships during the summer between junior and senior year. Mr. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor. This is a test of your loyalty. 2. "It takes me a long time to get ready in the morning. Tell me about a suggestion you have made. I plan to go to graduate school in the future. hard-working. What are your activities and interests outside of work? Say something about your interest and how it can help you on the job you are applying for. Things like. Without the personal experience. 36. Do you have any questions for me? Always prepare questions. integrity. Do You Have Plans for Graduate School? Yes. What is your weakness? Always try to give a positive answer. "I want a job where I love the work and the people I work with. they just might give you a good salary offer to get you to work with them. Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities? Employers ask this especially if the position you are applying for is higher than your former position. as this reflects a flaw on your attitude. If you were hiring a person for this job. 29. 33." 49. Why should we hire you? This is your chance to show why working for the company is important to you and why you think you will fit in. 18. 46. What are your expectations from this job/company? You will be able to answer this question well through company research and self-assessment. Never mention a problem or anything negative about your supervisor. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job. but those that are not answered in the company's website or those you have not discussed. Pick a specific incident and what role you played in its resolution. Say something short and positive like. Assure the interviewer you get along well with fellow coworkers. I learned two key things about working in the business world. experience. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? This is up to you. Don't mention a specific job. 30. This shows you are flexible. 20. hands on. achievement. good communication among members is the best way.
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