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need to be prepared to answer not only the typical questions, but also the unexpected. You can expect questions regarding your qualifications, your academic preparation, career interests, experience, and ones that assess your personality. 1. Tell me about yourself The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. e careful that it does not sound rehearsed. !imit it to work"related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and #obs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. $tart with the item farthest back and work up to the present. %. &hy did you leave your last #ob' $tay positive regardless of the circumstances. (ever refer to a ma#or problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co"workers or the organi)ation. *f you do, you will be the one looking bad. +eep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward"looking reasons. ,. &hat experience do you have in this field' $peak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. *f you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can. -. .o you consider yourself successful' You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. / good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. 0. &hat do co"workers say about you' e prepared with a quote or two from co"workers. 1ither a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. 2. &hat do you know about this organi)ation' This question is one reason to do some research on the organi)ation before the interview. 3ind out where they have been and where they are going. &hat are the current issues and who are the ma#or players' 4. &hat have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year' Try to include improvement activities that relate to the #ob. / wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self"improvement. 5ave some good ones handy to mention. 6. /re you applying for other #obs' e honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. +eep the focus on this #ob and what you can do for this organi)ation. /nything else is a distraction.
*f you have. say no.o you have strong feelings that the #ob gets done' Yes.o not say yes if you do not mean it. &hy do you want to work for this organi)ation' This may take some thought and certainly. #ust say it in a matter"of"fact tone. taken off guard. 12. e careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. . . 5ave you ever had to fire anyone' 5ow did you feel about that' This is serious. 5ave you ever been asked to leave a position' *f you have not.o you know anyone who works for us' e aware of the policy on relatives working for the organi)ation. $hort and positive. $incerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. *f you had enough money to retire right now. &hat kind of salary do you need' / loaded question. brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organi)ation involved. the interviewer. /re you a team player' You are. showing a benefit to the organi)ation. 14. . say that it can depend on the details of the #ob. Then give a wide range. . would you' /nswer yes if you would. 16. this is the type of work you prefer. 1-. *nstead. That:s the type of answer that works best here. say something like. 1%. $o. &hen it comes to the organi)ation versus the individual who has created a harmful situation. do not answer it. 8elate it to your long"term career goals. should be based on the research you have done on the organi)ation. / nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. ut since you need to work. 5ow long would you expect to work for us if hired' $pecifics here are not good. 1.o not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. This is a key point. 19. will tell you. &hat is your philosophy towards work' The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here..an you tell me the range for this position' *n most cases. /t the same time. . you will protect the organi)ation. you will do it when it is the right thing to do. e sure to have examples ready.o not brag. $pecifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. *f not. 1xplain how you would be an asset to this organi)ation You should be anxious for this question. 11. 10.7. *t gives you a chance to highlight your best points as . $omething like this should work< *:d like it to be a long time. That:s a tough question. =r /s long as we both feel *:m doing a good #ob. 8emember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force. be honest. of course. a team player. .
Your leadership skills. . *nitiative. %0. %1.. Your problem"solving skills. violence or lawbreaking to get you to ob#ect. %4. 17. =ne related to the type of work applied for is a real plus. %6. !eadership. 1xpertise. *f you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss. &hy do you think you would do well at this #ob' >ive several reasons and include skills. Your ability to work under pressure. %2.o not mention any other candidates to make a comparison. / short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great. >ive a little advance thought to this relationship. ?roblem solver %7. Tell me about a suggestion you have made 5ave a good one ready. *t would take disloyalty to the organi)ation. Team player. &hat is your greatest strength' (umerous answers are good. 1nergy.reativity. The best is to stay genetic and say something like< / #ob where * love the work. e sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. $tay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. %%.they relate to the position being discussed. Ainor ob#ections will label you as a whiner. experience and interest. . #ust stay positive. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. *f you say another #ob is it. / few good examples< Your ability to prioriti)e. Your professional expertise. &hat are you looking for in a #ob' $ee answer @ %. . *f you say the #ob you are contending for is it. like the people. Your ability to focus on pro#ects. %. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. $tay away from a specific #ob. %9. you may well below the interview right there. You cannot win. 5ard work. There is no better answer. %-. &hat irritates you about co"workers' This is a trap question. you strain credibility. ?atience. &hat kind of person would you refuse to work with' . Tell me about your dream #ob. but the work is the most important. &hat is more important to you< the money or the work' Aoney is always important. &hat would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is' There are numerous good possibilities< !oyalty. ?ositive attitude. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor iggest trap of all. can contribute and can:t wait to get to work. Your positive attitude .o not be trivial. &hy should we hire you' ?oint out how your assets meet what the organi)ation needs.
o not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another #ob more than this one. /n example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a pro#ect and thus throwing coordination off. Aake it small. 5ow would you know you were successful on this #ob' $everal ways are good measures< You set high standards for yourself and meet them. but good examples are< . /re you willing to put the interests of the organi)ation ahead of your own' This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. . Try to avoid labels. . .ompany did not win a contract. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. . >ive an example that relates to the type of position applied for. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure.1.%. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career..o your skills match this #ob or another #ob more closely' ?robably this one. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. . 8ecognition .o not say yes #ust to get the #ob if the real answer is no.o you have any blind spots' .Your boss tell you that you are successful . $afe areas are few but can include< (ot enough of a challenge.-. You were laid off in a reduction . .o not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. . e honest at this point and save yourself future grief. . Your outcomes are a success. &ould 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. e totally honest. &hat have you learned from mistakes on the #ob' 5ere you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. because it says you will manage according to the situation. salesman or consensus.4. .0. which would have given you more responsibility.escribe your management style. &hat motivates you to do your best on the #ob' This is a personal trait that only you can say. . -9. . The situational style is safe. &hat has disappointed you about a #ob' .. . /chievement.hallenge.. /re you willing to work overtime' (ights' &eekends' This is up to you. like progressive.9. . Bust say yes.on:t get trivial or negative.7.2. $ome of the more common labels. instead of one si)e fits all.6. well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned.
5ow soon will * be able to be productive' and &hat type of pro#ects will * be able to assist on' are examples. . loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. -2. 5ow do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience' 3irst. &hat position do you prefer on a team working on a pro#ect' e honest. $how acceptance and no negative feelings.escribe your work ethic. !et them do their own discovery on your bad points.o not hand it to them. *f you know about blind spots.o you have any questions for me' /lways have some questions prepared. point that out. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.o not reveal any personal areas of concern here. *f you are comfortable in different roles. -6. -0. &hat has been your biggest professional disappointment' e sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. fair. . -7. -. point out Cif trueD that you are a hard working quick learner. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organi)ation. bring that up< Then. . ?ick a specific incident. a sense of humor. 1mphasi)e benefits to the organi)ation. . -1. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organi)ation are good. . . --. -%. what would you look for' e careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have. Things like. -4.Trick question. they are no longer blind spots. determination to get the #ob done and work hard but en#oy your work are good. /ll bosses think they have these traits. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the #ob.oncentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled. &hat qualities do you look for in a boss' e generic and positive.o you think you are overqualified for this position' 8egardless of your qualifications. . Interview Questions for Financial Services Define free cash flow.. *f you were hiring a person for this #ob. 09. $afe qualities are knowledgeable. if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about. state that you are very well qualified for the position.
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