55 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

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55 most frequently asked interview questions
By admin | August 18, 2005
Dan Johnston from PPR Career shared the following list of frequently asked questions on a job interview, as well as advice on what to be prepared for. 1. Tell me about yourself. Use “Picture Frame Approach”| Answer in about two minutes. Avoid details, don’t ramble. Touch on these four areas: * How many years, doing what function * Education – credentials * Major responsibility and accomplishments * Personal summary of work style (plus career goals if applicable)Prepare in advance using this formula: 1. “My name is…” 2. “I’ve worked for X years as a [title]“ 3. “Currently, I’m a [title] at [company]“ 4. “Before that, I was a [title] at [company]“ 5. “I love the challenge of my work, especially the major strengths it allows me to offer, including [A, B, and C]“. 6. Second, help the interviewer by focusing the question with a question of your own: “What about me would be most relevant to you and what this company needs?”| 2. Did you bring your resume?| Yes. Be prepared with two or three extra copies. Do not offer them unless you’re asked for one.| 3. What do you know about our organization?| Research the target company before the interview. Basic research is the only way to prepare for this question. Do your homework, and you’ll score big on this question. Talk about products, services, history and people, especially any friends that work there. “But I would love to know more, particularly from your point of view. Do we have time to cover that now?| 4. What experience do you have?| Pre-interview research and PPR Career will help you here. Try to cite experience relevant to the company’s concerns. Also, try answering this questions with a question: “Are you looking for overall experience or experience in some specific area of special interest to you?” Let the interviewer’s response guide your answer.| 5. According to your definition of success, how successful have you been so far?(Is this person mature and self aware?)| Be prepared to define success, and then respond (consistent record of responsibility)| 6. In your current or last position, what were your most significant accomplishments? In your career so far?| Give one or two accomplishment statements| 7. Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If yes, what do you think held you there?| Refer to positive aspects of the job, advancement opportunities, and what you learned.| 8. Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?| Give only one, and tell how you have corrected or plan to correct your work.| 9. If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he or she say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?| Be consistent with what you think the boss would say. Position the weakness in a positive way (refer to #12)| 10. How would you describe your personality?| Keep your answer short and relevant to the job and the organization’s culture.| 11. What are your strong points?| Present three. Relate them to that particular company and job opening.| 12. What are your weak points?| Don’t say you have one, but give one that is really a “positive in disguise.” I am sometimes impatient and do to much work myself when we are working against tight deadlines.” Or “I compliment and praise my staff, but feel I can improve.”  | 13. How did you do in school?(Is the person motivated? What are his/her values, attitudes? Is there a fit?)| Emphasize your best and favorite subjects. If grades were average, talk about leadership or jobs you took to finance your education. Talk about extra-curricular activities (clubs, sports, volunteer work)| 14. In your current or last position, what features did you like most? Least?| Refer to your satisfiers for likes. Be careful with dislikes, give only one (if any) and...
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