POINTERS FOR QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW
THERE IS NO BEST ANSWER. THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. IT IS UP TO YOU AND WHAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH.
a. Always ask for the Name and Title of the interviewers. Sometimes you will find your panel of interviewers so many, that you cannot ask. In this case, just get one name.
b. 'We haven't had time to review your resume , please tell us about yourself.' 'What kinds of work have you done?" 'How does your background fit this position?" This is your 60 Sec Me. Your chance to SELL yourself. You want to put your hooks in the first part of your sales pitch. It keeps the interviewer awake and helps to establish a dialogue. You can conduct the whole interview off of your 60 ?second me.
c. "How did you like your last employer?' Never criticize a former employer in an interview You might express appreciation for what you learned on that job. If pressed as to why you left, it might be for a situation offering more opportunities for advancement.
d. Strength's and Weaknesses. (My greatest strength is / my one weakness was). Why? This shows the employer that you have self-awareness and self-improvement initiative. Emphasize how your strength relates to the job I how you have overcome your weakness. Turn your weakness into a strength if possible or give a strength as a weakness.
e. 'What kinds of people rub you the wrong way? This is no time to get into personal likes and dislikes) the interviewer really wants to see if you get along well with most people. A good answer may be that you generally like those with whom you have worked, but that you do get a little upset with people who don't do their share of the work.
f. Quick thinking question: Can you think on your feet or deal with obscure off the wall questions. "If you could be a Color/Tree /Fruit /Product, what would you be and why?" "What has been your most significant work accomplishment?" "What was your biggest career mistake?" Always tie it back to the job and position you're going for.
g. What made you apply for this job? Be ready to cite several reasons why you think your current level of skill and interest help qualify you for the position and also several points why you are particularly interested in the employer (which also reflects the research you have done on the organization.)
h. What did you like the most about your last job? "What did you like the least about your last job?" Give a brief statement of facts concerning your previous employment. Your answer may involve such concerns as level of responsibility, supervision, chance for advancement, salary, benefits, or more general feelings about the employment environment itself. -Do NOT mention individuals unless the relationship was positive.
i. "Where do you hope to be 10 years from now?" Your best answer maybe that you seek the opportunity to show how well you can perform and hope to go as far as dedication to the job and working intelligently will carry you. You should also answer this with short-term goals.
j. "What has made you the most proud of yourself outside of work?" The employer wants an indication of how your initiative, motivation, and self confidence have translated into actual achievements. She/he also wants a sense for how much of yourself you invest in your work and general lifestyle.
k. "Did your job responsibilities change at anytime in your last job?" Your answer should indicate any additional duties which show your ability to accept added responsibility. The employer wants to know if you are able or willing to contribute to a job and grow as an employee.
l. 'Have you taken any additional courses since graduating or leaving school?' They want to know if you are willing to learn and develop new skills while employed and perhaps contribute more to the job. The desire to learn makes you a significantly more valuable employee, both now and in the future.
m. "How do you feel about travel/relocation?" Answer No problem with travel, and you will consider relocation when it is presented.
n. 'What kind of salary are your looking for?" or "What would it take for your to come to work for us today?' When it comes to compensation always give a range, Never name a price in the initial interview. The first one to name a price loses. 'Are you offering me a position?' "Is there a salary range for the job and what is it?" Remember benefits are part of the compensation.
o. 'May I answer any questions about the job?* Be prepared to ask several good questions about the job (with whom you work, how is work evaluated, how can you learn more about the job now, etc.). But, once again, don't focus on salary let the employer bring that up.
p. Closing: Ask for the position!! DIE! for the job, Desire, Interest, and Enthusiasm, Ask for the job " In closing" "May I take another moment of your time" - " I would just like to say that I am very interested in this position and I believe that I would be an excellent addition to your staff." "Can I call you next week?" "What is your secretary's name?"