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Tuesday, 27 February 2018



A lot of applicants goes into the interview room ill prepared, not knowing the answers to give to every questions thrown at them by the interviewer.

On this article, I will do my best in exploring and exposing answers to tough questions that interviewers love to throw at you. With each question, I will show you what interviewers expect as the appropriate answer and how to reply them. The examples comes from real life, things that people have done on the job that got them noticed and turned a job interview into a job offer.

As the requirements of the job are unfolded to you at the interview, meet them pint-by-point with your qualifications. If your experience is limited, stress the appropriate key profile traits such as (energy, determination, motivation), your relevant interests and your desire to learn.
Do not show discouragement if the interview appears to be going poorly. You have nothing to gain by showing defeat and it could merely be a stress interview tactics to test your self-control.

Below are some of the secret questions that usually throw so many applicants off balance and how to answer them.

1. Tell Us About Yourself or May We Meet You?
This is not an invitation to ramble on. You need to know more about this question before giving an answer. Avoid discussing irrelevancies.
Who are you really?
This is what interviewers want to know about when he or she greets you with, Tell us about yourself or May we meet you?
In concise 2 minutes reply, you might talk about your name, skills, education and work experience and leading into why you think you are right for the job. The tale you tell should demonstrate one or more of the key personality profiles perhaps, honesty, integrity, team player or determination.

You should always include a statement that will make you memorable. For one winner, it was: I may not have degree, but look at my career progress in the next ten years. That marked him out as capable, ambitious and hardworking and did help him get the job and leap-frog graduates.
Never you fudge facts and never say where and when.

2. Why Are You On The Job Market.
 In answering this question, you have to be straight about it. Answer like: To improve my career professionalism and add value to my organization. The interviewer will be alert for deception. Be quick and direct.

3. Tell Us About A Time You Were In Charge Of A Project That Was Really Challenging. How Did You Meet The Challenge And In What Way Was Your Approach Different From Others.
This is a straightforward two-point question, though it could throw you off balance. 
The first probes your problem solving abilities. The second asks you to set yourself apart from the herd. You have to explain your solutions and its value to your employer and how it was different from others approaches. Your best strategy is to pick three good examples from your past and practice it before the interview day.

4. What Are Your Most Significant Accomplishment. Some bosses never engage anybody who can’t list at least one outstanding achievement. Keep your answer job-related. A number of accomplishments should spring to your mind. If you exaggerate contributions to major projects, you will be accused of “coffee machine syndrome.”
You can reply as thus; I feel that my biggest achievements are still ahead of me, I am proud of my involvement with company abc. I made my contribution as part of the team and I learnt a lot in the process.

5. What Are Your Strengths?
Don’t say, “I can do anything you need.”  The interviewer wants more focus answer. But don’t define your scope too narrow.

6. What Are Your Weaknesses?  
The interviewer wants to know your temperamental weakness, therefore start by saying I enjoy my work and always give each project my best shot. Everybody have weaknesses so don’t deny your weakness but be positive in selling yourself. Always overcome weakness with strength, e.g. I get angry easily but I have learnt to be patient with people.

7. What Are Your Outstanding Qualities?
 This is essentially the same as an interviewer asking you what your greatest strengths are.  While in the former question you might chose to pay attention to job specific skills, this question asks you to talk about your personality profile.

8. What Qualification Do You Have That Will Make You Successful In This Field.
There is more to answering this question than reeling off your academic qualifications. In addition, you will want to stress relevant work experience and illustrate your strong points as they match key personality traits as they apply to the position you seek. It is simple wide open questions that say, Hey we’re are looking for an excuse to hire you. Give us some help.

9. What Do You Know About Our Company?
You can’t answer this question unless you have enough interest to research the company thoroughly. If you don’t have that interest, you should expect someone who has made the effort to get the job.

10. What Do You Think Determines Progress In A Good Company.
Your answer will include all the positive personality traits you have been illustrating throughout the interview. Include allusions to the rough with the smooth, adherence to systems and procedures, and the good fortune to have a manager who wants you to grow.

11. What Type Of Boss Do You Like?
Forget the flippant response like, one I see once a year and don’t criticize your last boss. The interviewer is probing for whether you are likely to have boss conflict. Here’s the ideal boss defined by one successful executive: A competent and strong leader I can learn from, who will let me take chances, guide me and criticize me when it is necessary.

12. Why Do You Want To Work Here?
To answer this question, you must have research the company and built a dossier. Reply with the company’s attributes as you see them. Cap your answer with reference to your relief that the work environment of the company has the reputation and that such an atmosphere could encourage your best work.
Example: I am not looking for just a pay cheque. I enjoy my work and am proud of my profession. Your superior services, I share the value that make this possible, which should enable me to fit in and compliment the team and add value to your organization.

13. Why do you want to leave your current job or why did you leave your last job? 
This is a common trick question. You should have an acceptable reason for leaving your last job but if you don’t pick one of the six acceptable reasons from the employment industry formula, the acronym for which is CLAMPS:
CHALLENG: You were not able to grow professionally in that position.
LOCATION: The distance was unreasonable far.
ADVANCEMENT: There was nowhere for you to grow. You had talent, but there were too many people ahead of you.
MONEY: You were underpaid for your skills and contribution.
PRESTIGE: You are looking for a prestigious organization where your contributions and skills will be appreciated.
SECURITY: The Company was not stable. For example: my last company was family owned, I had gone as far as I was able. It just seemed it’s time for me to move on and join a more prestigious company and accept greater challenges.

14. What Is The General Impression Of Your Last Company?
Always answer positively, keep your real feelings to yourself, whatever they might be. There is a strong belief among management fraternity that people who complain about past employers will cause problems for their new once. Your answer should be, very good or excellent. Then smile and wait for the next question.

15. How Do You Handle Rejection?
This question is common if you are applying for a job in sales, including face-to-face sales, telemarketing, public relation and customer service. If you are after a job in any of these areas and you don’t really like the heavy doses of rejection that any sales person should, consider a new filled.
With that in mind, let’s consider the question. The interviewer simply wants to know whether you take rejection personal or whether you simply accept it as a temporary rejection of a service or product. Here is a simple answer that you can tailor to your particular needs and background: I accept rejection as an integral part of the sales process. If everyone said yes to a product, there would be no need for the sales function. As it is, I see every rejection as bringing me closer to the customer who will say yes.

16 How Long Would You Stay With This Company?
The interviewer might be considering offering you a job. So you must encourage him or her to sell you on the job. With trickily question like this, end your answer with a question of your own that really puts the ball back in your interviewer’s court. Your reply might be: I would really like to settle down with this company. I take direction well and love to learn. As long as am growing professionally, there is no reason for me to make a move. How long do you think I would be challenged here?

NOTE: The answers provided in this article should not be repeated word for word, exactly as they come off the article. You have your own style of speech, so try to put the answers in your own words.

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