60 Toughest Interview Questions
Written by christian Wednesday, 19 November 2008 07:52
GENERAL GUIDELINES: Everyone is nervous on interviews. If you simply allow yourself to feel nervous, you’ll do much better. In general, be upbeat and positive. Never be negative. Never talk for more than 2 minutes straight. Find out what an employer wants most in his or her ideal candidate, then show how you meet those qualifications. In other words, you must match your abilities, with the needs of the employer. Be honest and most important never lie. Good luck! 1. Tell me about yourself. Beware, about 80% of all interviews begin with this “innocent” question. Many candidates, unprepared for the question, skewer themselves by rambling, recapping their life story, delving into ancient work history or personal matters. Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. This is the single most important strategy in job hunting. 2. What are your greatest strengths? This question seems like a softball lob, but be prepared. You don’t want to come across as egotistical or arrogant. Neither is this a time to be humble. You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewer’s greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. You know how to do this from question 1. You should have a list mentally prepared of your greatest strengths. You should also have specific example or two, which illustrates each strength.The 10 most desirable traits:1. A proven track record as an achiever.2. Intelligence and management capabilities.3. Honesty and integrity.4. Good to fit corporate culture.5. Positive attitude.6. Good communication skills.7. Dedication to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence.8. Definiteness of goals.9. Enthusiasm.10. Confident. 3. What are your greatest weaknesses? This is an eliminator question, designed to shorten the candidate list. Any admission of a weakness or fault will earn you an “A” for honesty, but an “F” for the interview. Disguise a strength as a weakness. “I sometimes push my people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength.” Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. Then, quickly review you strongest qualifications. 4. Tell me about something you did – or failed to do. There are some questions your interviewer has no business asking, and this is one. But while you may feel like answering, “none of your business,” naturally you can’t. Some interviewers ask this question on the chance you admit to something, but if not, at least they’ll see how you think on your feet. Some unprepared candidates, flustered by this question, unburden themselves of guilt from their personal life or career, perhaps expressing regrets regarding a parent, spouse, child, etc. All such answers can be disastrous. As with faults and weaknesses, never confess a regret. But don’t seem as if you’re stonewalling either. Say you harbor no regrets, then add a principle or habit you practice regularly for healthy human relations. 5. Why are you leaving your old position(If you have a job presently)? Never badmouth your previous industry, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers. This rule is inviolable: never be negative. Any mud you hurl will only soil your suit. Especially avoid words like “personality clash”, “didn’t get along”, or others which cast a shadow on your competence, integrity, or temperament. Since you have a job, you are in a stronger position than someone who does not. But don’t be coy either. State honestly what you’d be hoping to find in a new spot. Of course, as stated often before, you answer will all the stronger if you have already uncovered what this position is all about and you match your desires to it. 6....
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