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Interview Preparation

Tell me about yourself?

What the hiring manager really wants is a quick, two- to three-minute picture of who you are and why you're the finest candidate for this position.

So as you answer this question, talk about what you've done to prepare yourself to be the very top candidate for the position. Use an example or two to back it up. Then ask if they would like more details. If they do, keep giving them examples your background and experience. Always relate with an example when you have the chance.

"Tell me about yourself" does not mean tell everything. Just tell about what makes you the best. try a concise, enthusiastic response that summarizes your big-picture fit for the job. This is also a good opportunity to share some information about your achievements and goals.

Why should I hire you?

The easy answer is that you are the suitable and best person for the job. And don't be afraid to say so. But then back it up with what specifically differentiates you from others.

For example: "You should hire me because I'm the suitable and best person for the job. I realize that there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the preeminent person for the job - my passion for excellence. I am committed to producing truly world class results. For example..."

I was always able to learn quickly and carry out my job responsibilities. Our company was known for making excellent products.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: "I work too much. I just work and work." Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is unreliable. Second, it misses the important point of the question.

You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: "I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I'm now taking steps to correct with a pocket planner" then show them your planner and how you are using it.

Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.

Can you work under pressure?

This question indicates that the job you're applying for will involve working under pressure. Give examples of volunteer and work that involved pressure and deadlines previously worked for. You could mention that we are always faced with pressure and deadlines in our lives and you do not mind the stress. Stressful situations are a learning and challenging experience. You can mention the following situations:

How you handled large rush orders at your last workplace.

How you prepared for targets and deadlines to meet at your workplace.

How you managed an emergency situation. (For example: an accident)

Explain how would be an asset to this organization?

You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship. You can also highlight your abilities in your field. As the position of an expert, what you will learn from the company and what you can do to improve the competitiveness of your company. I can manage and handle people's concerns and needs and also a highly motivated person.

Tell me something about our company?

This is your chance to show them that you have taken the time to investigate their company and its services or products in particular.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

This question can potentially upset an interview if you aren't prepared.

Considering the average length of time people stay with a company or in a job is 4.6 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it seems a little silly that employers will still ask this question.

So, for example, you might say, "Well I'm really excited by this position because in five years, I'd like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in this sector, and I know that's something that I'll have an opportunity to do here. I'm also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I've been lucky enough to work with some managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I'm really excited about."

What are your goals and career plans?

The interviewer may want to know if you are determined, plan ahead, or if you set goals for yourself. The interviewer may also want to know what expectation you have of the company.

You might say:

I hope to become very good at my job and perhaps take to become more skilled in my field of work.

I intend to learn (name of area or skills) very well so that I can be promoted to a higher position in (name skill or department).

How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

Whether your interviewer asks you this question explicitly or not, this is the most important question of your interview because he must answer this question favorably in is own mind before you will be hired. So help him out! Walk through each of the position's requirements as you understand them, and follow each with a reason why you meet that requirement so well.

How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

If the interviewer knows what they are doing, you will be asked if you have any questions about the job. Be prepared! Asking good questions shows that you are interested in the company and offered job. The answers to those questions should also help you decide whether or not you want to work for the employer.

Employers usually have several candidates for every job, and they aren't interested in a candidate who isn't really paying attention in them or the opportunity. Typically, a job seeker with no questions is assumed to be either not really interested or not very brilliant.