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500 Questions: Salary & Benefits, Part Two

We have received many candidates for this position and it will take time to sort through them. Based on salary alone, what is your bottom line? Affirm to the employer that you can certainly understand why many people would be attracted to the position. Redefine your own qualifications in terms of your unique qualities and…

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500 Questions: Salary & Benefits, Part One

Have you ever been refused a raise? Turn the question around by indicating what kind of job performance evaluations you have had with previous employers and your employer’s satisfaction with your work. Talk in detail about the positive performance reviews that have resulted in an increase in your salary. Are your salary requirements open for…

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500 Questions: About the Industry, Part Two

What is your idea of how the industry works? The interviewer does not want a long dissertation, just the reassurance that you understand it is in business to make a profit as quickly and easily as possible, and in a manner that will encourage repeat business from the existing client base. Finish your answer with…

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500 Questions: About the Industry, Part One

Tell me a little about the field you work in and specifically what future do you see it having? With either education or experience, you should certainly be prepared to answer a question that asks about the history of your field of work. Answer briefly and with confidence. Demonstrate experience and confidence. Give the interviewer…

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500 Questions: About the Position

What are you looking for in a position? Illustrate that you are looking for an opportunity to apply your skills and contribute to the growth of the company while helping create some advancement opportunities for yourself. This kind of answer shows ambition, willingness to work for opportunity, and a desire to work for a dynamic…

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500 Questions: About the Position, Part One

What makes you equipped to handle this position? What is unique about you? Use this question as an opportunity to stress your strengths, experience, education, and skills. Emphasize a few of your strongest qualifications and relate them to the position in question. What are you ideally looking for in this company and job? Employers want…

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500 Questions: About the Company, Part Two

All companies face challenges now and then. What do you think our company’s challenges are? How would you help us to overcome them? Speak firmly from your past experience about company challenges and let the interviewer know that you would bring to the company a positive, dedicated, professional attitude. What do you know about our…

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500 Questions: About the Company, Part One

How do you believe you could best make a contribution to our company? Your expertise, training, experience, and background are valuable assets to bring to any company. Talk about what you have accomplished in the past and what you plan to do in the future. This is a much larger (or smaller) company than you’ve…

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500 Questions: Management, Part Four

How do you deal with difficult people? The interviewer will want reassurance that you understand the potential stressful nature of dealing with difficult people and that you can handle such situations in a professional manner. Reassure the interviewer that you are able to remain professional and diplomatic at all times. Describe your management style. The…

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500 Questions: Management, Part Three

How would you describe your philosophy about management? You want to demonstrate a desire and ability to delegate, teach, and distribute work and credit fairly. Give an answer that conveys both authority and experience. Talk about what makes your personal style unique and effective. For example, how are you able to get cooperation from others?…

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500 Questions: Management, Part Two

What aspect of your management style would you like to change? Talk about one aspect of your management style that you are working to improve. Tell the interviewer the steps you’re taking and give evidence that you’re making progress. What types of management do you think are effective? Give a personal or popular example of…

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500 Questions: Management, Part One

Do you run your department by the book or are you flexible? In many companies, management style is dependent on corporate culture and company philosophy. When that philosophy dictates a very strict interpretation of rules and procedures, it is important to adhere to it. Explain that your main goal is to get the work done…

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500 Questions: General Questions, Part Four

How do you get your daily news? Keeping up with current events and especially economic trends in today’s business world can be critical in your ability to make crucial financial decisions for the company. Make sure you are well prepared with a variety of media to speak intelligently about current events. Demonstrate that you keep…

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500 Questions: General Questions, Part Three

Are you a smoker? Many companies have a non-smoking policy in force, but are tolerant of people who choose to smoke on their breaks outside of the building. It is better to speak openly about your preference, without sounding judgmental either way. Do you know anyone that works for our company? Your interviewer may respond…

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500 Questions: General Questions, Part Two

What do you do for fun? Explaining what you do in your spare time demonstrates that you are well rounded and balanced. Shared interests and common ground is also a good way to help put a team together. This position may require extra hours from time to time. Will this present any problems? Most employers…

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500 Questions: General Questions, Part One

What do you like most about this kind of work? The interviewer is probing for your personality and compatibility with your chosen profession. In a candid and straightforward answer, portray yourself as a positive person who will fit in with the rest of the staff. Portray your enthusiasm and eagerness for the work that you…

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