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500 Questions: Questions You Ask, Part 4

I know that there is turnover in every job. Could you tell me what percentage of the people you hired in the last 3 years are still with the firm? Turnover rate is the term applied for the percentage of people who leave a job or a company within a certain period of time. This…

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500 Questions: Questions You Ask, Part 3

Technological change is a fact of life. How is your company utilizing the Internet to access sources of consumer information? A basic kind of change is now being brought about by technology. A thoughtful question about the impact of technological change on your company or job can help present you in a positive light and…

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500 Questions: Questions You Ask, Part 2

What is your organizational mission? This question indicates a central desire to make a contribution and to have your work make a difference. If this is important to you, your career happiness will be closely tied to the organization’s mission and values. What is the timetable for filling this position? When would you need me…

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500 Questions: Questions You Ask, Part 1

On the basis of what you’ve heard so far, do you believe I have the qualifications you are looking for? Eliciting your interviewer’s reaction to your performance takes the spotlight off you for a moment and gives you the time to regroup. A negative response from an employer is a gift when you take it…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 12

What do your spouse and children think about our company? This may be an illegal question if it leads to questions about specific family members. The employer may be trying to find out if you have children or are married. Indicate only that you have established a strong support for whatever you undertake. Do you…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 11

Do live in a house or an apartment? Whether you own a house or rent, this is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. This question could easily lead to discrimination based on your economic status or anticipated stability. Do you have a car? This is an illegal…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 10

Can I have your Social Security number? This is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. Once you have accepted employment, you will have to provide your social security number, but not before. You have an accent. Where are you from? This may be an illegal question and…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 9

If we told you the job is yours, what would you say? Most interviewers will expect you to take some time to consider all aspects before accepting a job in order to make a fully informed decision. Let them know you are interested and would like to think about it for a short time. If…

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How to Find the Hiring Manager on LinkedIn

In many of the CPR My Career training videos, and the steps we outline for job seekers, we talk at length about pursuing the hiring manager on LinkedIn. But most of the time, this is easier said than done. For many, the response on LinkedIn is no different than the response you get from the rest…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 8

We’ve received many top-notch candidates for this job and it will take some time to sort through them. Begin your answer by giving congratulations to the employer and telling them that the job deserves a top-notch candidate. Then bring up your unique qualifications again, highlighting those skills most suited to the position. Would you accept…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Seven

If you could work anywhere in the world, where would it be? You may be tempted to pick an exotic place. However, it might be more prudent to show the employer you are happy working in this area. Make the job you’re interviewing for your chief objective. Frame your answer so that you let the…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Six

If you had to rate me as an interviewer, what would you say? This question is designed for its shock effect and is known as a stress question. The interviewer isn’t really looking for a true evaluation of his or her interviewing techniques, but is interested in how well you will respond. Stay calm, be…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Five

Tell me about the problems that you have living within your means. This question is meant to catch you off guard. Your best defense is first of all to know that it exists, and second to give it a very short response. Let your interviewer know that you are aware that few people are satisfied…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Four

Have you ever been asked to leave a company? If so, please describe the situation. If the answer is yes, be prepared to discuss the situation in detail and answer several follow-up questions. Do not say anything negative about your previous employer. If you were laid off as part of a general workforce reduction, be…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Three

What might your current manager want to change about your work habits? The interviewer will want to know how you’ll fit in with your future manager and coworkers, and will also want to feel confident that he or she has uncovered any surprises about your corporate style. One good way to answer this question is…

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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part Two

What cultural interests have you developed in this area? You are being asked about your cultural interests and whether you spend time in other pursuits in addition to work. Describe any local museums, art centers, schools that you have attended or, if that is not applicable to you, discuss other relevant culture activities. If you…

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