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The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared 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 jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present. 2. Why did you leave your last job? Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co- workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forwardlooking reasons. 3. What experience do you have in this field? Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can. 4. Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set
Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. 8. Have some good ones handy to mention. What are the current issues and who are the major players? 7. always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. a co-worker at Smith Company. Keep the focus on this job and what you can . 6. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement.goals. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark. What do co-workers say about you? Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Find out where they have been and where they are going. 5. What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview.
Then give a wide range. 9. say something like. the interviewer. Are you a team player? You are. If not. What kind of salary do you need? A loaded question. Anything else is a distraction. Do you know anyone who works for us? Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. say that it can depend on the details of the job. That's a tough question. Specifics that show you often . Instead. should be based on the research you have done on the organization. 10. will tell you. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. of course. Be sure to have examples ready.do for this organization. a team player. 12. Why do you want to work for this organization? This may take some thought and certainly. do not answer it. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. 11. Relate it to your longterm career goals. taken off guard. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases. So. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.
When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation. 14. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Specifics here are not good. This is a key point. you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. 15. Short and positive. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? This is serious. showing a benefit to the organization. . just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. 13. At the same time. Do not brag. What is your philosophy towards work? The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job. you will do it when it is the right thing to do. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. That's the type of answer that works best here. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people.
Tell me about a suggestion you have made.16. 20. Why should we hire you? Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then . Have you ever been asked to leave a position? If you have not. If you have. say no. brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved. be honest. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization. You should be anxious for this question. 17. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. If you had enough money to retire right now. 19. Give a little advance thought to this relationship. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison. Do not say yes if you do not mean it. this is the type of work you prefer. 18. would you? Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work.
One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.considered successful. Your ability to work under pressure. What is your greatest strength? Numerous answers are good. Tell me about your dream job. Your professional expertise. you strain credibility. If you say the job you are contending for is it. Your positive attitude 23. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize. just stay positive. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work. 21. Stay away from a specific job. If you say another job is it. Your leadership skills. Why do you think you would do well at this job? . 24. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. What irritates you about co-workers? This is a trap question. like the people. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. Your ability to focus on projects. 22. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great. Your problem-solving skills. You cannot win. can contribute and can't wait to get to work.
What is more important to you: the money or the work? Money is always important. What are you looking for in a job? See answer # 23 26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with? Do not be trivial. 27. Problem solver 29. Creativity. Energy. Positive attitude. Minor objections will label you as a whiner. experience and interest. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty. Patience. There is no better answer. 28. If you fall for it and tell . Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. Biggest trap of all. 25. Hard work. Team player. It would take disloyalty to the organization.Give several reasons and include skills. Leadership. but the work is the most important. violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Initiative. Expertise.
Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one. but good examples are: Challenge. which would have given you more responsibility. 31. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor. What has disappointed you about a job? Don't get trivial or negative. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. 33. Recognition . Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Probably this one. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. 32. you may well below the interview right there. Achievement. 30.about a problem with a former boss.
38. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career.34. Be honest at this point and save yourself uture grief. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? This is up to you. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. Your outcomes are a success. Just say yes. How would you know you were successful on this job? Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Be totally honest. . 37. Describe your management style. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications.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. 35. 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.
The situational style is safe. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. because it says you will manage according to the situation. 40. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. instead of one size fits all. well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. Do not hand it to them. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Make it small. like progressive. If you know about blind spots. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. salesman or consensus. 39. they are no longer blind spots. what would you look for? Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have. If you were hiring a person for this job. Do you have any blind spots? Trick question. Some of the more common labels.Try to avoid labels. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off. 41. .
If you are comfortable in different roles. 44. All bosses think they have these traits. 46.42. loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? Be honest. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? First. Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Regardless of your qualifications. state that you are very well qualified for the position. point that out. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled. 43. a sense of humor. 45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others. Pick a specific incident. fair. . if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about. bring that up: Then. Safe qualities are knowledgeable. What qualities do you look for in a boss? Be generic and positive. point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.
And Finally Good Luck Read the Most Asked General Interview Questions 1. Do you have any questions for me? Always have some questions prepared. Show acceptance and no negative feelings. 48. How would you describe yourself? 2.47. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples. 50. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job. including those related to your occupation. Describe your work ethic. determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good. Things like. 49. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career? . What has been your biggest professional disappointment? Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Emphasize benefits to the organization. have you established for your life? 3. What specific goals. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good.
What has been your most rewarding accomplishment? 13. What influenced you to choose this career? 6. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team? 16. What do you see yourself doing in ten years? 24. What will it take to attain your goals. Do you have the qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career? 12. What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty in school or on the job? 30. What do you expect to be doing in five years? 23. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career? 10. How will the academic program and coursework you’ve taken benefit your career? . and what steps have you taken toward attaining them? 9. How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments. If you could do so. Were you successful in resolving it? 27. what would it be? 32. Can you describe your long-range goals and objectives? 22. How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict? 25. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict? 26. Would you describe yourself as goal-driven? 19. If you could change or improve anything about your college. can you give us a reason to hire you? 18. Describe what you’ve accomplished toward reaching a recent goal for yourself. Would you say that you can easily deal with high-pressure situations? 28. 11. Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Are you more energized by working with data or by collaborating with other individuals? 15.4. 5. how would you plan your college career differently? 14. What specific goals have you established for your career? 8. What were your reasons for selecting your college or university? 31. Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation. What quality or attribute do you feel will most contribute to your career success? 29. At what point did you choose this career? 7. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort? 17. 20. Given the investment our company will make in hiring and training you. What short-term goals and objectives have you established for yourself? 21.
Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way? 51. To what extent would you be willing to travel for the job? 47. . Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it. Why did you decide to seek a position in this company? 43. Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills. 54. Are you the type of student for whom conducting independent research has been a positive experience? 35. 42. Tell me what you know about our company. 58.33. the job itself or your salary? 48. Do you think that your grades are a indication of your academic achievement? 37. Do you have a geographic preference? 44. Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to extricate yourself from a difficult situation. Describe the type of professor that has created the most beneficial learning experience for you. 50. 56. 36. Which is more important to you. 52. convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people. What level of compensation would it take to make you happy? 49. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located? 45. 55. situations and environments. Would it be a problem for you to relocate? 46. Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem. Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision. Tell me about the salary range you’re seeking. Describe a time when you had to use your written communication skills to get an important point across 57. What plans do you have for continued study? An advanced degree? 38. Before you can make a productive contribution to the company. Describe the characteristics of a successful manager. By providing examples. Describe the most significant or creative presentation that you have had to complete. 53. Which college classes or subjects did you like best? Why? 34. Give me a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree. what degree of training do you feel you will require? 39. 40. Why did you decide to seek a position in this field? 41. 59.
did you tell or talk to about it? Did the manager take any steps to correct your colleague? Did you agree or disagree with the manager’s actions? 67. Describe a situation in which you found that your results were not up to your professor’s or supervisor’s expectations. Give an example(s) of how you have done this. 77. 63. What did you do? 65.60. What was the most complex assignment you have had? What was your role? 74. What happened? What action did you take? 66. What was the impact of the change on you? 76. Compare and contrast the times when you did work which was above the standard with times your work was below the standard. Sometimes it’s easy to get in “over your head.” Describe a situation where you had to request help or assistance on a project or assignment. what steps did you take to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome? What one step would you have done differently if given the chance? 73. What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision. What are your standards of success in school? What have you done to meet these standards? . Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). 62. 64. 70. In a supervisory or group leader role. Recall a time when you were assigned what you considered to be a complex project. Tell of some situations in which you have had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. Recall a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. Who. Describe some times when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. Tell of a time when you worked with a colleague who was not completing his or her share of the work. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. if anyone. 69. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to a compromise. How was your transition from high school to college? Did you face any particular problems? 75. Give an example of how you applied knowledge from previous coursework to a project in another class. 68. have you ever had to discipline or counsel an employee or group member? What was the nature of the discipline? What steps did you take? How did that make you feel? How did you prepare yourself? 71. Specifically. We can sometimes identify a small problem and fix it before it becomes a major problem. What was the nature of the problem? How did you handle that situation? How did that make you feel? 72. 61. What did you do about it? 78.
Give me an example of a time you had to make an important decision. Tell of the most difficult customer service experience that you have ever had to handle — perhaps an angry or irate customer. Give me a specific example of something you did that helped build enthusiasm in others. Have you found any ways to make school or a job easier or more rewarding or to make yourself more effective? 85. Be specific and tell what you did and what was the outcome. 92. What kind of supervisor do you work best for? Provide examples. How did you handle the situation? 96. Tell me about a time you had to handle multiple responsibilities. Tell of a time when your active listening skills really paid off for you – maybe a time when other people missed the key idea being expressed. Describe a situation that required a number of things to be done at the same time. 81. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. 82. 86. 89. How did you handle it? 91. How did you handle it? What was the result? 84. Give examples of your experiences that were dissatisfying. 83. Give examples of your experiences at school or in a job that were satisfying. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle that person? 90. What is the most significant contribution you made to the company during a past job or internship? 100. What suggestions do you have for our organization? 99. Were you successful? 95. How have you differed from your professors in evaluating your performance? How did you handle the situation? 80. How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time? Give examples. Describe a situation where you found yourself dealing with someone who didn’t like you. 87. How did you make the decision? How does it affect you today? 94. 98. or carried out successfully primarily because of your efforts. What has been your experience in giving presentations? What has been your most successful experience in speech making? 88. How did you organize the work you needed to do? 97. What did you do? 93.79. but didn’t have all the information you needed. Tell me about a difficult situation when it was desirable for you to keep a positive attitude. Give me an example of a time you had to persuade other people to take action. Describe some projects or ideas (not necessarily your own) that were implemented. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made? . Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision.
Tell me about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company/class/organization was facing. How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines? How do you stay focused? 105. Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a co-worker or classmate understand a task. Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline. What was the topic? What journals did you read? 102. How did you proceed? What was the result? 104. How did you assist him or her? What was the result? . How did you approach the problem? What role did others play? What was the outcome? 107. Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your supervisor or professor on an idea or concept. What things did you fail to do? What were the repercussions? What did you learn? 109.101. Describe a specific problem you solved for your employer or professor. Give me a specific example of a time when a co-worker or classmate criticized your work in front of others. Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects. How did you respond? How has that event shaped the way you communicate with others? 103. How did you accomplish this? What was the outcome? 108. What was the challenge? What role did others play? 106. Describe a situation in which you had to use reference materials to write a research paper. Describe a time when you got co-workers or classmates who dislike each other to work together.