Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Attending Interviews - Answering the Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the frequently asked questions during interviews and suggested answers:

1. Why are you looking for a job:
A better answer would be: I think I can contribute more than my present job.
Or I can take on more responsibilities. Don't ever mention that you have a poor relationship with your boss or you want more money.

2. What are your strengths?
You strong points should be relating to the job that you are applying for.
For example, you are applying for the position of Accounts Executive. Your expertise will be that you are able to analyze figures, see trends and forecast fairly accurately about the future.

3. What are your weaknesses?
A good answer is that your strength is perceived to be seen as a weakness. For example, you give your staff tight deadlines and you also demand 100% accuracy in their work. Another point you can mention is that you are able to evaluate yourself and improve upon your weaknesses.

4. Which is the best Manager that you have ever worked with?
A good answer is that my manager sets broad goals for me and I take the imitative to discharge my duties and responsibilities. A bad answer would be that the boss is always not around to bother me.

5. How about the worst manager?
I don’t like a manager who is supervising me too closely. I am self-motivated to do my work. A bad answer is that you have complained about being given too much work to do.

6. What are the problems you face in your current job and how are you solving them?
You should mention that you are able to identify problems and come up with workable solutions. Do not tell the interviewer that there is no problem at the workplace.

7. What are your most significant accomplishments?
Mention about your achievements relating to the job that you are applying for. The most important thing is that you are able to reduce expenses, increase revenue, or improve the image of the company.

8. What can you do for us?
Here you have to impress the interviewer that you have researched the company well and tell him how you can fit yourself into the organization.

9. What is your expected salary?
You should do research about the market rate of the post that you are applying for. The other thing that you can do is to ask for an offer and see if you can accept it. If the company is able to give you a position that fits into your career goals, it’s OK to accept a slightly lower pay.

10. What do you know about the company?
When you have done your homework well you will have no problem to talk about the company. You can talk about its past, present and also its future plans and their mission statement. Mention their products and services. Highlight the outstanding achievements of the company.

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