Tricks in Job
Here are good answers to some of the tougher questions
asked in job interviews. If you can smoothly supply answers like these during
the interview, you are bound to make a good impression.
1. What is important to you in a job?
Mention specific rewards other than a paycheck for
example, challenge, the feeling of accomplishment, and knowing that you have
made a contribution.
2. Why do you want to work for this
Cite its reputation, the opportunities it offers, and the
working conditions. Stress that you want to work for this organization, not just
3. Why should we employ you?
Point to your academic preparation, job skills, and
enthusiasm about working for the firm. Mention your performance in school or
previous employment as evidence of your ability to learn and to become
productive quickly. If the job involves management responsibilities, refer to
past activities as proof of your ability to get along with others and to work as
part of a team.
4. If we hire you, how long will you
stay with us?
Answer by saying along these lines: "As long as
my position here allows me to learn and to advance at a pace with my
5. Can we offer you a career path?
Reply: "I believe you could, once I know the normal
progression within the organization. Can you tell me about it?" The answer
may be revealing.
6. What are your greatest strengths?
Give a response like one of the following: "I can see
what needs to be done and do it", "I'm wiling to make decisions",
"I work well with others," "I can organize my time
7. What are you greatest weakness?
Identify one or two, such as the following:" I tend to
drive myself too hard", " I expect others to perform beyond their
capacities", " I like to see a job done quickly, and I'm critical if
it isn't." Note these weaknesses could also be regarded as desirable
qualities. The trick with this question is to describe a weakness so that it
could also be considered a virtue.
8. What didn't you like about previous
jobs you've held?
Discuss the things you didn't like, but avoid making
slighting reference to any of your former employers.
9. How do you spend your leisure time?
Mention a cross section of interests-active and quiet,
social and solitary -- rather just one.
10. Are there any weaknesses in your
education or experience?
Take stock of your weaknesses before the interview. Practice
discussing them in a positive light. You'll find that they are minor when
discussed along with all the positive things you have to offer.
11. Where do you want to be five
years from now?
Saying that you'd like to be president is unrealistic, yet
few employers want people who are content to sit still. You might say, "in
five years, I'd like to have my boss's job. " If you can't qualify for your
boss's job by then, you may not be the fright candidate.
12. What are your salary expectations?
If you are asked this at the outset, it's best to say,
"Why don't we discuss salary after you decide whether I'm right for the
job? "But if the interviewer asks this after showing real interest in you,
speak up. She or he will probably try to meet your price. If you need a clue
about what to ask for, say, " Can you discuss your salary range with
13. What would you do if....?
This question is designed to test your reposes. For
example: "What would you do if your computer broke down during an
audit?" Your answer there isn't nearly so important as your approach to the
problem. And a calm approach is best. Start by saying, "One thing I might
do is ..." Then give several alternative choices.
14. What type of position are you
Job titles and responsibilities vary from firm to firm .
So state your skills instead, such as "I'm good at figure work," and
the positions that require these skills , such as "accounts payable."
15. Tell me something about yourself.
Say you'll be happy to talk about yourself, and ask what
the interviewer wants to know. If this point is clarified, respond. If not, tell
why you feel your skills will contribute to the job and the organization. This
question gives you a great opportunity to sell yourself.
16. Do you have any questions about the
organization or the job?
Employers like a candidate who is interested in the
organization. so this is a perfect time to convey your interest and enthusiasm.