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Answer the following questions correctly and you have a really good shot for getting an offer:
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1. What do you know about our company?
Company research (before the
2. What is your work ethic?
We all want to have a reasonable work day and no one wants to work a job where they are working 14 hours a day, but the
Make sure you indicate that you have a positive outlook, you are a team player, you respect coworkers and that you are honest and sincere. A positive outlook is one of the most important qualities of good work ethics. Additionally, team work and respect for your coworkers are at the top of the list.the company or do some research on the Internet to get the answer to this question. Also don’t ask if you can change your work hours.
3. What are your expectations?
Vacation, personal days, medical benefits, etc. are all important pieces of information that you will need before making a decision (assuming you get an offer), but this is not the right answer to this question and you should try to avoid specifics. The “right” answer is something like “I want to be in an environment where I can contribute, learn, and grow as an employee. I have a great deal to offer and am looking forward to this opportunity.”
4. Tell me about yourself
Now is not the time to go into your life history. If you did your company research you will know exactly what strengths and skills are required for this specific position. Your answer should try and show the hiring manager that you possess all of the skills and experience required for the job. Don’t go on about experience you may have that isn’t related to the job.
5. Where do you see yourself in . . .
Another one of the most dreaded
6. Why should we hire you?
The obvious answer is because you are the best fit for the job and this is your opportunity to ensure they know that. You will want to ensure that they know you deliver great results, have the skills required for the job (speak to the major skills required) and that you are a good fit for the company and the team. Also check out 9 ReasonsWhy I Won’t Hire You.
7. What are your
Another potential trap. Certainly you will want more than you are earning now. and everyone wants to make a little bit of money doing a dream job. During the job
8. What do you do in your spare time?
Great question, they probably already know a lot about you from your social networks. Talk about your hobbies that keep you active like golf, tennis or skiing. Team sports are key (team player, etc.). Ensure you let them know about any volunteer work that you do or have done. This shows that you have concerns for others besides yourself. Attending seminars, industry related speaking engagements shows that you have a desire to learn new things and keep at the top of your game.
9. Why do you want to leave your current job?
You know the old saying – “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Even if you had a horrible time with your current or previous employers, don’t badmouth them to the interviewer. You’ll just leave the impression of being disgruntled and unprofessional. Instead, focus on expanding your knowledge of the industry and wanting to enhance your career.
10. Do you have any questions?
Yes you do (make sure you have a sufficient list). Don’t ask any questions that have already been answered by the interviewer (that means you were not listening). You should have your “list of questions”, make sure you have more than enough in case any are answered before you get to ask the question.
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