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Interview Questions

The interview is one of the most difficult things in life to prepare for. Many people study information about the company and the potential job. This sort of information may help, but knowing about the company and having job specific knowledge may not be enough. You have to read the interviewer and be who they want you to be. Are they looking for someone friendly who will get along with fellow co-workers?
Are they looking for a technical genius? Are they looking for a commander to steer their ship, or are they looking for a soldier to take orders and work in the trenches? When in Rome act like a Roman. In other words, be who they want you to be. It is amazing how many people cut their own throats.

Job interviews generally last a few hours. Your interviewer will never really know who you are in this short time period. When they ask you a question they will judge you by the confidence of your response. If you are not confident in yourself, how can anyone be confident in you. Never fidget with your hands, or use words such as “I think”, or “I don’t know”. If you are going to be confident at any point in your life then this is the time…at the interview. There is no shame in failing, the only shame is in failing yourself. Go into an interview with a negative attitude and you will certainly receive a negative result.
Go into an interview smiling, holding your head high, shake hands firmly, look them in the eye, and give answers with confidence. Speak the Queen’s English. Make sure your attire is business professional! Appearance is everything. Do your best to sell yourself! To have a successful interview, you must close the deal and get the job. If you can’t close the deal, be constructive and ask yourself how you can improve your chances for your next interview. Correct your shortcomings and get employment!

Interview Questions and Tips

You should practice answering these questions in front of a mirror, speak out loud to yourself. Practice several times over many days and become smooth with your answers. Always answer in a positive manner to all questions. This is a time to sell yourself, not to show your bad attributes. It is a good idea to be upbeat and to smile appropriately. Practice and you will succeed at the job interview!

Interview Question #1 “Tell us about yourself” – Prepare to speak for 10 minutes about yourself. Make sure you go over your education and experience and why you are the ideal candidate for their position.

Interview Question #2 “What is you worst attribute (or worst quality)?” – Give something here which may be a positive attribute for the company at hand. Maybe that you’ve sacrificed your family and friends in the past to complete work assignments.

Interview Question #3 “What is your best attribute (or quality)?” – This should be related to the job at hand. Maybe it’s an IT job and you need to be a good main-frame programmer. You better tell them that this is your best attribute. Explain and convince them that you are the person for the job!

Interview Question #4 “Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker? – How did you resolve this conflict?” – People make the mistake of saying that they’ve never had a conflict with a co-worker. Truth be known, a company wants to hear that you had a minor conflict (non-violent) and that you resolved this issue in a calm and civil manner. You should have talked to the co-worker and tried to resolve the issue person to person. If that didn’t work you should have progressed through the management hierarchy starting with your supervisor. This is a hard question to answer. Plan out your answer well.

Interview Tip “Review the job advertisement” – Review any areas you are not up to snuff in. They will ask you for you knowledge and experience with regards to the details contained in the job advertisement.

Interview Tip “Review your Resume” – Many companies will hold your resume and go through it with you. Be prepared to answer questions and to defend your resume.

If you get into trouble in an interview, be honest and smile. If you become nervous and agitated you probably won’t get the job! Many companies try to stress you out in an interview to see how you deal with stress. Be prepared to sweat on the inside and smile on the outside.
Expect the unexpected.

If you get into trouble in an interview, be honest and smile. If you become nervous and agitated you probably won’t get the job! Many companies try to stress you out in an interview to see how you deal with stress. Be prepared to sweat on the inside and smile on the outside.
Expect the unexpected. Not all questions can be predicted. Think before you speak.

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