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Monday, January 19, 2009

That dreadful thing...

The 10 most difficult questions you will be asked in a job interview IF YOU are one of those executive types unhappy at your present post and embarking on a New Year's resolution to find a new one, here's a helping hand.
The job interview is considered to be the most critical aspect of every expedition that brings you face-to-face with the future boss. One must prepare for it with the same tenacity and quickness as one does for a fencing tournament or chess match.
1.) Tell me about yourself?
Since this is often the opening question in an interview, be extra careful that you don't run off at the mouth. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Cover four topics: Early years, education, work history, and recent career experience.
2.) What do you know about our organisation?
You should be able to discuss products or services, goals, problems, management style. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research, but don't overwhelm the interviewer, and make it clear that you wish to learn more.
3.) Why do you want to work for us?
The deadliest answer you can give is "because I like people". What else would you like — animals? Here, and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done your homework so that you can speak in terms of the company's needs.
4.) What can you do for us that someone else can't?
Here you have every right, and perhaps an obligation, to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical. Talk about your record of getting things done, and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments.
5.) Please give me your definition of(the position for which you are
being interviewed).
Keep your answer brief and task oriented. Think in terms of responsibilities and accountability.
6.) How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
Be realistic. Say that, while you wouldexpect to meet pressing demands and pull your own weight from the first day, it might take three to six months before you could expect to know the organisation and its needs well enough to make a major contribution.
7.) Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for
this position. What's your opinion?
Emphasise your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organisation, and say that you assume that if you perform well in this job, new opportunities will open up for you. Mention also that a strong company needs a strong staff.
8.) What is your management style?
You should know enough about the company's style to know that your management style will complement it. Possible styles include: task oriented, result-oriented, or even paternalistic
9.) Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?
Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback, say so; otherwise, indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your action.Do not mention personality conflicts.
10.) What do you think of your boss?
Be as positive as you can. A potential boss is likely to wonder if you might talk about him in similar terms at some point in the future.


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