Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Getting a job is not simple anymore, it's actually a tough business. All job seekers are out for the same thing, a job! Therefore, doing your research and understanding what it takes to stand out in the crowd is going to be your greatest selling factor.

All processes in finding a job are important; however, the interview could be the most important part. No matter how good you look on paper if an employer does not see it in the interview chances are your not getting the job. To avoid this there are three simple things that you can do; RESEARCH, PREPARE, AND PRACTICE.

Researching all aspects of the company you are applying with is key to having a good interview. Preparing what you are going to wear, questions you have for the employer, and familiarizing yourself with the location of the interview are great steps to make you feel a bit more at ease. The third step could be the most important part; Practice. However, don't practice to where you sound rehearsed. Practice so you feel comfortable and sound confident.

Here are 10 Typical Interview Questions and Answers.
(Remember these are standard questions, it is not a sure thing that they will be asked but are a great way to prepare.)

1) Tell me about yourself?
Have a short statement prepared, that is work related and does not sound rehearsed - Think about what have you done in your past careers- relate to the position you interviewing for.

2) Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive- DO NOT talk about major problems with management, never talk negatively about a supervisor, co- worker, or the organization.

3) What do you know about this organization?
DO THE RESEARCH! Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues they are facing and who are the major players.

4) Why do you want to work for this organization?
Fall back on the research you have done! Relate it to your long- term career goals.

5) What experience do you have in this field?
Talk about specific abilities you have that pertain to the job you are interviewing for. If you do not have exact experience talk about task performed at a job that could relate.

6) What is your greatest strength?
Stay positive. Say something about your great great skills in solving problems, or your organization skills. You can talk about how you work great under pressure and are a great leader. Be truthful and focus on your good points.

7) Explain how you would be an asset to the organization?
Highlight your best qualities and how your experience and professionalism will go hand in hand with what the company strives itself on. Relate all assets to the position you are applying for.

8)What have you learned from mistakes you may have made on a job?
This is a tricky question, but remain positive in your answer. Explain of a small mistake you made that led to a positive lesson learned.

9) Why should we hire you?
Don't sound cocky with your answer. You want to sound confident so point how your assets meet the organizations needs. One mistake people make in this question is comparing themselves to other candidates for the job; this is not professional.

10) Do you have any questions for me?


Employers want you to ask questions. This shows interest and if you ask the right questions it can show that you have done your homework and that your are a great candidate for the job.

Here are two sample questions:

How soon will I be able to be productive?
What type of projects will I be able to assist on?


Anonymous said...

Did you that interviewers take notes on your attitude, your eye contact, the way you dressed and anything significant that they think will impact their business? Make sure you give them ONLY good things to take note of. It will certainly benefit you in the long run.

As someone who has hired people in many industries, I can tell you that something VERY important to me is whether the candidate knows anything about the company I am interviewing them to work for. Do your research. Come prepared with questions that will fit the position you are interviewing for. If there is one thing that is guaranteed to not get you the job, it's having no questions and showing no interest in the company you are interviewing with. Everyone likes to talk about their role in making the company successful. If you can't think of anything else to ask, ask your interviewer why he/she chose to work with XYZ company and what keeps them coming to work everyday there. His/her answer should give you some food for thought as well as some other points to ask more questions about.

Good luck!

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