10 Killer Job Interview questions and Answers
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every interview question there is a concern or another question.
Your job is to process the question thinking about what
the interviewer's concern might be. In other words, why
is the interviewer asking you this question?
Q#1 - How long have you been looking for
a job? (Concern – is there something wrong with you that
other employers have picked up?)
A#1 - "After I was laid off from my
last job, I took the opportunity to take some time out to
examine my career goals and where I was going with my life.
I have just begun my search in the last few weeks. I have
a definite goal in mind and have been selective about the
positions I consider. Your company and this position are
of great interest to me."
Q#2 - How did you prepare for this interview?
(Concern – are you interested enough to do some research,
or are you going to "wing it"?)
A#2 - "When I found this position
posted on the internet (monster.com) I was immediately interested.
I checked out the company website and mission statement,
looked at the bios of company founders and executives, and
was impressed. Once I had the interview appointment, I talked
with friends and acquaintances in the industry. And, I'm
sure I'll find out a lot more in today's meetings."
Q#3 - What is your salary expectation for
this job? (Concern – Can we afford you? Can we get you for
less than budgeted?)
A#3 - "I'll need more information
about the job and the responsibilities involved before we
can begin to discuss salary. Can you give me an idea of
the range budgeted for this position?"
Q#4 - How do you keep current and informed
about your job and the industries that you have worked in?
(Concern – Once you get the job do you continue to learn
and grow – stay challenged and motivated?)
A#4 - "I pride myself on my ability
to stay on top of what is happening in my industry. I do
a lot of reading – the business section of the newspapers
and magazines. I belong to a couple of professional organizations
and network with colleagues at the meetings. I take classes
and seminars whenever they are of interest, or offer new
information or technology."
Q#5 - Tell me about a time when you had
to plan and coordinate a project from start to finish. (Concern
– behavioral questions – seeking an example of specific
A#5 - " I headed up a project which
involved customer service personnel and technicians. I organized
a meeting to get everyone together to brainstorm and get
his or her input. From this meeting I drew up a plan, taking
the best of the ideas. I organized teams, balancing the
mixture of technical and non-technical people. We had a
deadline to meet, so I did periodic checks with the teams.
After three weeks, we were exceeding expectations, and were
able to begin implementation of the plan. It was a great
team effort, and a big success. I was commended by management
for my leadership, but I was most proud of the team spirit
and cooperation which it took to pull it off."
Q#6 - What kinds of people do you have
difficulties working with? (Concern – ability to be flexible
and work in a diverse environment?)
A#6 - "In my last three jobs I have
worked with men and women from very diverse backgrounds
and cultures. The only time I had difficulty was with people
who were dishonest about work issues. I worked with one
woman who was taking credit for work that her team accomplished.
I had an opportunity to talk with her one day and explained
how she was affecting the morale. She became very upset
that others saw her that way, and said she was unaware of
her behavior or the reactions of others. Her behavior changed
after our talk. What I learned from that experience is that
sometimes what we perceive about others is not always the
case if we check it out."
Q#7 - We expect managers to work more than
8 hours a day. Do you have a problem with that? (Concern
– are you a work-aholic or a person who requires balance?)
A#7 - "I have no problem working long
hours. I have worked 12 or 14 hour days. What I have found
works for me is to work smarter, not necessarily longer.
My goal is to get the job done, whatever that takes, in
the most efficient manner."
Q#8 - When have you been most satisfied
in your career? (Concern – what motivates you? Or demotivates
A#8 - "The job before the one I am
currently at, was my most rewarding experience for me. I
worked in a wonderful team environment. There was a lot
of camaraderie. I worked with a team of four people and
we did some really original thinking. It is that kind of
environment I want to be involved in again."
Q#9 - Why do you want this job? (Concern
– are you using the shot-gun approach to job search or do
you really know what you want?)
A#9 – "I've been very careful about
the companies where I have applied. When I saw the ad for
this position, I knew I found what I was looking for. What
I can bring to this job is my seven years of experience,
and knowledge of the industry, plus my ability to communicate
and build customer relationships. That, along with my flexibility
and organizational skills, makes me a perfect match for
this position. I see some challenges ahead of me here, and
that's what I thrive on. I have what you need, and you have
what I want."
Q#10 - We are ready to make an offer. Are
you ready to accept today? (Concern – we don't want you
to go away and think about it and change your mind – we
A#10 - "Based on my research and the
information I have gathered during the interview process,
I feel I am in a position to consider an offer. I do, however,
have a personal policy that I give myself at least 24 hours
to make major life decisions. I could let you know by tomorrow."
There is no way you can accurately predict the questions
that will be asked in an interview, but you can be ready
and prepared by thinking about the factors that might concern
an interviewer or employer before the interview.
Carole Martin, America's #1
Interview Coach, is a celebrated author, trainer, and mentor.
Carole can give you interviewing tips like no one else can.
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