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Interview Questions

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Types of Interview Questions to Focus On The main idea of an interview is to ask to candidate questions on things that the employers deem important to find out before hiring any potential employee. Interview questions are generally varied from usual topics such as your qualifications and personal questions to specific work related or even your philosophy in life. Do not just prepare to answer about your interest or academic background. Be thoroughly prepared about the company’s background, specific details or the job you’ve applied for, potential future with the job and also current economic or political issues. Interview questions can range from being very general to very personal; a smart candidate should know how to manipulate the questions to their advantage. A description about you is the most common interview question asked and the most important as well. Your ability to answer this question will reflect on your confidence, self-esteem and spirit. A tip to answers this question would be short, simple and precise. Try not to go overboard with explanations or exemplary situations. Remember that the person in front of you is not a friend but a potential employer; you would not want to spill the beans about your laziness or wild time in university to him or her. Any answer given should be work related; also it is important that your answers do not sound fake or rehearsed. An interview question can be anything the interviewer wants to be however, you as a candidate should possess the responsibility to be prepared although it is in fact impossible to know everything and anything. An extensive general knowledge is most impressive to an employer but be sure the answer is related to the question. Do not attempt to be witty or aloof, it can cause you the position. Interview questions about the organization are not necessarily mandatory in an interview because largely, you will be asked about the specifics of the work and the field related but there are employers who look forward to throwing you off balance so always study about the company and its affiliations before the interview. Another familiar question that can be asked to you would be the reason for applying the post in that specific organization. This is not only a tricky situation to be in but a dangerous one as well. Being sincere about the reason behind the application is important but do learn to be tactful as well. Your employer should be impressed with you, not annoyed. Questions such as whether you would be able to work as a team and what are your philosophy regarding work is not just asked for fun. Interview questions as such are meant to analyze your willingness to obey the instructions as well as your ability to take charge in required situations. Learn to answer questions to reflect your intelligence and your...

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Self Confidence

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The MOST important trait that you can bring to the interview is Self-Confidence How Do You Demonstrate Confidence? As you read articles and books about interviewing you will notice that most of the information focuses on “being prepared.” When you look closely at the information provided by “experts,” you will notice that a great many of the tips given concern the external preparation. These are tips ranging from what to “wear to the interview,” to having the “correct body language,” or information on giving a “strong handshake,” and having a “script or stories” ready for the interview. There is much less emphasis or information found on internally preparing for the interview. Internal preparations start with your feelings about yourself, as well as your feelings about going out to find a job and interviewing. If you have been having a difficult time finding a job or have been laid off, your self-confidence may be running a little low on fuel. Your feelings about yourself, and your self- esteem, or self-confidence is fragile and can change from situation to situation. Think about the following statement: Are you prepared to go out and sell yourself, and feel good about what you are selling – YOU? If your answer was, “No,” there is some work to do on the inside before you can sell on the outside. If you ask any sales person, he or she will tell you that it is much easier to sell a product that you believe in than it is to go through the motions of being passionate about something you really don’t think is a reputable product or can give good results. Individuals who do not believe in their own ability cannot possibly convince someone else on the idea that they are the “best” candidate for the job. Beginning by believing in yourself will help you have the confidence to influence someone else to “buy” what you are selling. Poor Example: I think I am pretty good when it comes to helping people with problems. Good Example: My strengths are my customer service skills and my ability to get to the root of a problem to help customers. When you use weak terms like, “pretty good,” you send the message that you are not strong, just ok. Which would you hire? Someone who is “pretty good” at helping people with problems, or, someone who says his strengths are customer service and problem solving? Not much room for doubt there. But, how exactly do you develop self-confidence? Only when you believe in yourself can you convince someone else that you are the best person for the job. A good way to begin your internal preparation is with an inventory of your capabilities. That means getting in touch with your strengths as well as your areas of weakness. You will find it very empowering to know what you have to offer. It is also a good idea to know what your short and long term goals are. What do you want? A simple exercise that will help you answer these questions will also help you take a look inside yourself and begin to think about what you want “more of,” and what you want “less of” in your next job. People usually perform at a higher level if they...

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Job Interview Frustration

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Written by a frustrated teenager! Job interviews can be scary whether you’ve had one interview or several. If you are in need of a new job then the idea of being interviewed can be extremely stressful, especially given the competition these days. Teenagers want to come across experienced enough and adults want to come across qualified enough. I have found a way you can easily show you’re experienced, qualified and more! There is always high competition in the job market, especially today: there is even high competition for entry level jobs. As unemployment remains high, teenagers find themselves going head to head with adults who normally wouldn’t compete for summer work. So the job market for 16 to 19 year olds is the worst it’s been since 1949, my grandparents have recently told me. Reason being, the opportunities that used to be for youths have dried up and government funding that used to provide jobs for teens has shrunk due to the sluggish economy. Teens are competing with older workers for traditional low-wage entry jobs. Government jobs such as at parks, pools and beaches are cutting back on hiring for seasonal jobs. Budget restraints are resulting in fewer people being hired. So since these statistics are working against the majority of Americans today, you need all of the edge you can get. A student that just graduated high school shared her interview experience with me: “It was scary and I said ‘um’ a lot and I did not get the job. I was very nervous because there were so many people there. I asked myself, ‘Am I qualified enough? Are these people better than me?’ You kind of start to doubt yourself. Then they call your name and it feels like your heart drops below your stomach. It’s hard to pull yourself together. I felt very nervous when I sat down; a lot of thoughts rushed through my head. Then they asked you questions like, ‘Why do you want to work for us? Why should we hire you?’ It kind of feels you’re bragging but you have to talk yourself up.” This is what almost all job seekers experience today. The problem is that some adults are seeking entry level jobs just to make ends meet and employers are hiring these more experienced candidates over teens. So more adults have to work at low level jobs and teens are having a hard time getting hired. For every teen that is working, there are three others that aren’t. So that means only one in four teens will find work this summer. Last summer, teens slogged through the worst summer employment market in decades, and this year likely won’t be much better. “I came across this great interview coaching company and I talked my mom into buying it for me. After working with a coach, that really was sincere about helping me, I became more confident and learned how to answer interview questions; and got a job! My story will not end here because I also learned how to prepare for any interview. So if you want to be the one student that gets hired, or if you want to be the one adult with a high level, stable job, then give yourself an edge, get a coach and ace...

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