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Practicing for the interview

You have sent out hundreds of resumes and finally a Human Resource person calls to schedule a time for you to come in for a face to face interview. This is a great company, and you think you are perfect for the job. Now, you must demonstrate that to the hiring authority you are perfect for the position. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when going in for the interview practicing for the interview means practicing several behaviors not just answering questions. You must dress well, watch your body language and posture, practice your manners and eye contact as well as practice answering questions correctly, smoothly, and with confidence. The practice questions below, in one form or another, account for a large percentage of interview questions. With each question, you are given a series of choices as to how you might answer the question. When you select an answer, you will learn whether your answer is correct-and why. Answering these questions will help you polish your interviewing techniques. The questions and answers in this exercise are generic and, in many cases, must be tailored to your individual situation. Still, the logic behind the answer remains essentially the same..
Do not go in attempting to "wing" it. Keep in mind there are lots of competitors for the job, and you will only have this opportunity to impress the hiring authority. Research and know the company, their history, products, services and reputation .prepare answers to questions that will likely come up, like "What is your biggest weakness?" "What is your greatest failure?" "Describe your best and worse boss?" "Tell me
Something about yourself?" "Why did you leave your last job?" "How can you contribute to this company in this job?"
There will likely be a longer list of questions, each a potential landmine that can eliminate you from the competition. Keep your answers short and to the point. Do not ramble. Always be honest and avoid negative statements. Wear your best suit - The first impressions of a candidate are lasting. It is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Your appearance will demonstrate that you are taking the initiative. Go out of
Your way to make a good impression. Even if you never wear a suit to work, even if it is a production job, the interviewer will be pleased by your effort to impress.

These are most frequent Interview Questions. You should prepare well and Leave the result to God…

1. Why are you the best person for the job?

I’ve held a lot of positions like this one, and that experience
Will help me here."
"Because I am good at what I do."
"Our discussion here leads me to believe this is a good place to
Work." "You need someone who can produce results, and my background and
Experiences are proof of my ability. For example..."

2. Tell me about yourself.

1. Outline personal data, hobbies, and interests.

2. Give an overview of your personality and work habits.

3. Give three specific examples of your personality traits and

5. What are you looking for in a position?

1. "I'm looking for an opportunity to apply my skills and
contribute to the growth of the company while helping create
some advancement opportunities for myself."

2. "I'm looking for an organization that will appreciate my
contributions and reward my efforts."

3. "I'm looking for a position that will allow me to make
enough money to support my lifestyle. I am a hard worker and
will give a concerted effort to earn the money I need."

6. What do you know about our organization?

1. "I've done a little homework and here is what I know about
your organization...(cite examples)"

2. "Everything I've seen and heard makes me want to be a part of
this organization. I understand your industry is ________ and
your primary customer is __________. A particularly exciting
part of your business appears to be _________ ."

3. "I know enough to know this is an exciting place to work. It
appears to be fit for my career goals."

7. What is a weakness?

1. I get really frustrated with my co-workers when they whine
about everything.

2. I don't "toot my own horn". I like to go in and get the job
done and I don't dwell on who gets credit.

3. I don't think I have a weakness.

8. How would you characterize your work style?

1. I am a very driven person. I make a list of what needs to be
done and then tackle the items until I've completed the job.

2. I show up whenever I'm scheduled to work.

3.I haven't held a job yet so I don't know what my work style will be.

9. What are your strengths?

1. "I am good at giving constructive criticism to my coworkers.
This honesty is something I'm very proud of and have found
essential to having open working relationships."

2. "I consider myself to be very consistent. I have proven myself
to be someone who can be counted upon to do what is

3. "I would have to chose between two skills. I am very proud of
my determination and ability to get things done. At the same
time, I am very proud of my analytical abilities and problem
solving skills. These skills combine to give me a unique
ability to solve problems and then implement the solutions."

10. How would co-workers describe you?

1. "They perceive me as a leader. The people who have worked with
me learned great deal and accomplished in many cases more than
they thought possible."

2. "My employees would tell you they got direction when they
needed and the room to work when it was appropriate. I believe
a measure of a good manager is how much he is able to get done
through others."

3. "They perceive me as someone who cared about them personally
and had high expectations. I get a great deal of satisfaction
from helping others do their best. My former employees would
highlight three of my priorities which are to build loyalty
and a team environment, obtain results and develop people."

11. What did you like and dislike about college?

1. I didn't like the tremendous ammount of homework some
professors assigned us. I liked those professors who
realized, I had a life outside of class.

2. I liked the opportunity to be involved on campus. It was a
small campus that allowed students to take responsibility,
organize events and be a part of the planning team. I can't
really think of anything I disliked, college was a wonderful

3. I liked having Wednesdays off. I think the thing I disliked
most was living in the dorms.

12. Are you willing to relocate?


2. I'm open to opportunities within the company so if that
involves relocation I would consider it.

3. I'd move, but I know your headquarters is in Alaska and that's
too cold for me.

13. What are your short term goals?

1. "Short term, I just want a job."

2. "Bills are beginning to pile up. In the short run I need to
find work so I can keep up with my obligations."

3. "Short-term, I'd like to find a position that is a good fit
and where I can contribute to a company's bottom line. The
position we are here to discuss today would appear to be such an
opportunity. Could you tell me more about it?"

14. Where do you want to be in 5 years?

1. I haven't really thought that far ahead but I think I'd want your job.

2. "If selected I would hope to meet my goals and take advantage
of opportunitites to learn so I will be considered for other
positions within the company. I hope to build my career with a
company such as this one."

3. "Long term, I hope to start my own business."

15. Describe a situation you've encountered with a difficult
Customer ?

1. In my last job I dealt with customers at a retail store. One
customer wanted to return an item she had obviously bought
several years ago, which was against store policy. I talked to
her calmly and explained our policies and encouraged her to shop
and I would exchange the item however I could not give a refund.

2. I rarely encounter a difficult customer because of my
excellent customer service.

3. I had a customer once who claimed her steak was not cooked
correctly....I picked up a knife and cut it open and explained
that's the way it's supposed to be.

16. Before we go any further, what kind of money do you need to

1. I feel I am worth at least $30,000."

2. "My salary requirements are negotiable. Your firm has a
reputation of compensating employees fairly and I trust you
would do the same in my case. I am very interested in finding
the right opportunity and will be open to any fair offer when I
do so."

3. "Money is not very important to me. I need to be able to pay
the bills but the work environment is far more important to

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