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FINAL ASSIGNMENT: INTERVIEW FOR A JOB
You will answer some interview questions.

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The Requirements. This isn’t a real job interview. But most of you will be interviewing soon. This is a chance to practice. In this activity, you are expected to answer in writing some questions as if you were sitting an interview. Start by indicating -------------------------------------------------

Your Name:
The company you are applying to:
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The position you are applying for:

Some tips. In your answers
* Show respect for your interviewer.
* Avoid expressions like “That’s a good question.’ They are all good questions. * Don’t indicate a question is too tough.
* Display confidence, not arrogance. Be teachable.
* Be positive and upbeat. Turn failures into positive learning experiences. Never speak negatively about anyone. Always consider how you will fit within the company; the interviewer wants to know you’ll match their corporate culture.

Some suggestions. You have to answer two sets of questions (part 1 and part 2) and pose a set of questions for you to ask (part 3). You can structure your answers in three parts:
1. Beginning. Rephrase and answer the question.
2. Middle. Give examples.
3. End. Tie your strengths to the employer’s needs.
When answering general questions, you could use the S3 pattern: 1. State your answer.
2. Support your answer.
3. Summarise your answer.
Consider the PAR pattern to answer questions about your accomplishments: 1. Describe the Problem.
2. Describe the Action you took.
3. Describe the Results.

PART 1:By and large, an interview is like a test. Just like you study for a test, you shall prepare for an interview so that you can do a lot better job in promoting/selling yourself. For this reason, I want you to prepare for an interview by answering the following frequently asked interview questions.

1. Why do you want this job?
I want this job to utilize my expertise in Accounting and my proficiency of the subject to improve myself and support your esteemed organization.

2. What would you contribute to our organisation?

I believe I can be an asset to this organization because I have sufficient competencies, qualifications and skills and I am much willing to improve these skills by being a part of your esteemed organization.

3. What are your strong points?
One of my biggest strengths is that I am a good problem solver; I love to identify the problem, put solution and implement the plan of action. I am flexible and love to learn new things. I like team work and have been a dynamic contributor at several places.

4. What are your weaknesses?
I believe I should continuously improving myself. My weakness is that I want to ensure that the outcome of the task is perfect, so I spend too much time in checking, I double-check every figure I entered into the system, however, at the end I get the correct balance.

5. How has your education helped prepare you for this job? I learned more about myself during my four years in university. I handled challenges that I never thought I would come across, so I got more self-confidence. I upgraded my capabilities that cannot be taught by collaborating with students and professors. I am sure that my intelligence in mathematics in combination with my competency in financial analysis as an accountant will enable me to be successful in any organization especially in an accountant positions.

6. What would your teachers say about you?
I believe my teachers would say I am a very clever person who always take good grades, helpful and energetic. May I show you her letter of recommendation?

7. Do you prefer to work independently or as part of a team? I am equally comfortable in working as a member of a team or independently, because I think an...
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