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500 Questions: About Your Experience, Part One

Describe a project that did not turn out the way you expected.

Discuss a project over which you had no final control. Focus on the positive steps you would take if you could go back and do it all over again.

In what areas do you feel you need additional experience?

If you mention an area that is essential for proper performance of the job for which you are applying, you could be in trouble. Talk about a few courses that you have considered enrolling in that would enhance your overall professional experience. Look in catalogs from continuing education companies for courses you would like to take, or night classes at your local universities. If you have taken a class, the next class in the series should have relevant subjects for you to discuss with the interviewer.

How much were you absent from work in your last job?

This question is designed to determine if the employer can depend on you. If you were absent a good deal, tell the interviewer what the reason was and why you feel it will no longer be a problem. Stress what your past reliability has been and give assurance of your future reliability.

Have your ever done this type of work before?

Never say “No”. No two jobs are exactly alike. What the interviewer wants to know is whether you can learn the job in a reasonable time. Tell him about your past experience, your education, and training related to the job, non-paid experience related to the job, and how quickly you have learned that type of the work in the past.

Describe the job you have held in the past that was most gratifying.

This is a chance to highlight the strengths, skills, and expertise that you utilized in your previous positions. Identify the reasons why this particular job was most fulfilling. Focus your answer on the actions you took and the positive results you obtained.

In what areas do you feel you need additional experience?

If you mention an area that is essential for proper performance of the job for which you are applying, you could be in trouble. Talk about a few courses that you have considered enrolling in that would enhance your overall professional experience. Look in catalogs from continuing education companies for courses you would like to take, or night classes at your local universities. If you have taken a class, the next class in the series should have relevant subjects for you to discuss with the interviewer.

How much were you absent from work in your last job?

This question is designed to determine if the employer can depend on you. If you were absent a good deal, tell the interviewer what the reason was and why you feel it will no longer be a problem. Stress what your past reliability has been and give assurance of your future reliability.