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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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500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part One

Who is the boss in your family? Remember to avoid any kind of angry reaction. Allow for the possibility that the interviewer is trying to lure you into saying something without thinking. Smile confidently and respond that you operate on democratic principles with adults making the decisions for what is best for the whole family….

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500 Questions: Special Issues, Part Two

What sports do you actively participate in? The interviewer may be wondering if you keep yourself in good shape and are healthy. They may even make a job offer contingent on your passing a physical examination. Have you ever required a long sick leave or extended vacation from work? Provide a candid answer and explain…

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500 Questions: Special Issues, Part One

Do you have any physical problems that may limit your ability to perform this job? This is a perfectly legitimate question for the interviewer to ask. So answer truthfully. Remember though, the key words are “ability to perform this job.” A physical problem that is not job-related is not pertinent, and none of the employer’s…

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500 Questions: About the Position, Part Three

This job requires working from Wednesday through Sunday. Would that be a problem for you? Some industries, such as the retail industry, require work on the weekends, so this question may be appropriate. If you cannot work on weekends, then bring this up now. Your response should match closely the position you’re applying for and…

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500 Questions: About the Position, Part Two

Tell me about a time when you got bogged down in the details of a project. Just because you are anxious to comply with the question, don’t tell stories that will hurt you. Always remember that your stories must serve the purpose of selling you. Begin by clarifying the question and then go on to…

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500 Questions: About the Position, Part One

Give me an example of a time when you have been the most contented in your last position? The interviewer wants a perspective on what type of work inspires you and how well it fits in with the position being offered. From your previous research, match your answer to the qualifications you know are being…

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500 Questions, Character Questions, Part Six

Are you an organized person at home? This question allows the interviewer to gauge your personal responsibility and your level of accountability. Indicate your experience with the process and demonstrate your own organizational skills at home. Do you anticipate problems well or merely react to them? Show how you can anticipate problems by looking for…

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500 Questions: Character Questions, Part Five

How would you prove to me that your interest in our company is sincere? This is a stress question used to determine how well you hold up under pressure. Stay calm, relaxed, and confident, and answer with a professional request for a list of any concerns the interviewer may have had. Interviewers like to ask…

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500 Questions: Character Questions, Part Four

What is your energy like? Describe a typical day. You must demonstrate good use of your time, that you believe in planning your day beforehand, and that when it is over, you review your performance to make sure you are reaching the desired goals. What does the word “success” mean to you? Answer this question…

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500 Questions: Character Questions, Part Three

If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be? Why? Your answer to such a question could turn positive if you choose a feature related to your attitude and determination. Comments such as “I am sometimes impatient with slow performers” or “Being very demanding on myself I sometimes expect too much…

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500 Questions: Character Questions, Part Two

Describe your personality beneath the professional image. This is similar to the question, “Tell me about yourself.” Concentrate on how your personality reflects your job skills or interests. What’s the most compelling item you can describe to prove you’re interested? Be sure to have a sixty-second pitch ready for the interviewer. What things have frustrated…

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500 Questions: Character Questions, Part One

Other than work, tell me about an activity that you have remained interested in over several years. The interviewer is looking for a history of commitment over time and consistency of interests. Demonstrate that you sustain your hobbies over a period of time and how your interests are compatible with your job. What does the…

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500 Questions: Salary & Benefits, Part Four

How much do you think we would pay you in this position? Your task is to try to determine how high the employer is likely to go. Don’t tip your hand at this point by giving a concrete figure for which you are willing to settle. Explain that you would expect to earn a fair…

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500 Questions: Salary & Benefits, Part Three

What if we could stretch our budget a little and get you a little more? Would you accept the offer? If the salary is within your expectations, you may be tempted to say yes right away. Always take some time to consider the offer. Let the interviewer know that you are interested, but that you…

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