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Interview Tips
  Interviewers' Favorite Questions...and Answers
In each and every interview situation, there are common question that will be asked. Don't wait until the interview to decide your response! Be prepared and think through your answers before you arrive. It may even help you to write down your answer and practice with someone. Try to keep your brief. Usually less than 2 minute. Remember Listening, confidence and quality of presentation are key to successful interviewing.

What other kinds of questions do recruiters ask? Following are 10, plus ideas for how to answer or the kinds of competencies the interviewer is seeking.
1. Tell me about yourself.
"Tell me about yourself," isn't a polite request for your life story. What the interviewer wants to know is, "Why should I hire you?" Knowing this, your goal is to craft a convincing statement that will make the interviewer want to know more about you and what you can do for the company.

To prepare, you must develop a response tailored to the specific employer and addressing its interests, goals, and needs. You should revise, refine and rehearse your script until you can deliver it flawlessly -- with energy, enthusiasm and confidence.

Experienced candidates should focus on the big picture first so that interviewers will place later information in the proper context. Start by providing an overview that allows them to see your career in total. Example: As you can see from my resume, I have more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and general management, primarily in automobile products. Thanks to my experiences at ________ and _________, I have an in-depth knowledge of the domestic and international marketplace for the automobile industries."

When it comes to disclosing personal information, there's no right answer. It depends on two factors: whether you feel comfortable using personal details and what you plan to accomplish by doing so. While disclosing personal information can be a good icebreaker and rapport-builder, it also can backfire. You never know how an employer will process that information. Will a hiring manager be glad to know you're a family man or worry that you won't be free to travel or work long hours?
2. Why do u want to work for this organization ?
Be honest; tell them WHY you want to work for their company. If you like to travel and that is part of the job, tell them that you feel it would be beneficial to both you and them. They would have a responsible person to work for them who is willing to travel around the world, Let them know how you would be an asset not a liability to their company.
3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now ?
Interviewer want to hear something related to retail, don't say 'I want to be an astronaut' or 'I want to win the Academy Award.

The question is designed to help the interviewer know if the job seeker will be happy in that position, or if he or she wants to work in it only as long as it takes to find something "better."
4. What are some of your strengths ? Some of your weaknesses ?
A. Don't just talk about your strength-relate it to the position, Let them know you are a qualified candidate.

B. "Say something along the lines of, 'I have difficulty with this thing, and these are the strategies I use to get around it," For example, you could say, 'I'm not the most organized of individuals, so I always answer my e-mails and phone calls right away. I'm aware of the problem and I have strategies to deal with it."
5. Tell me about a time when your course load was heavy. How did you complete all your work ?
"Interviewer generally looking for an answer like, 'Last semester I was taking 21 credits, so I made sure I had a day planner and mapped out all my assignments,'" They usually looking for a plan-ahead kind of individual, not someone who just flies by the seat of his pants."

"Recruiters actually tell the candidate, so candidate aware of what companies looking for," This kind of approach can help candidates focus on their answers.
6. Tell me about a time when you had to accomplish a task with someone who was particularly difficult to get along with.
You answer should be something like that shows the ability to be sensitive to the needs of others but can still influence them, Don't say 'I just avoided them' or 'They made me cry.
7. How do you work with others? Are you a leader ... a follower ?
Nobody will answer this honestly, everyone wants to think they have some power, so they'll answer leader. You answer should be biased like "I tend to think that I'm both a leader and a follower. At times I lead, at times, I follow. I take whatever role works best for the situation. if that means letting someone else take control and telling me what's best to do, then i will, but if i'm the one that knows the best course of action, i'll tell other what should be done.

I'm usually stumbling along the way at trying to do either. I can say this though, I've cleared some of the rocky paths I've led others through, but that's due to the boulders that my forefathers removed from my path".
8. What are some examples of activities and surroundings that motivate you ?
You can say that "Most of our technical disciplines are teamwork professions and require getting along with and motivating other people.
9. Tell me how you handled an ethical dilemma.
"Suppose you worked at a bank and a long-time customer wanted a check cashed right away but didn't have the fund balance in his account to cover the check," if the bank's policy prohibited cashing checks in that manner, the teller would have a choice of violating bank policy or alienating a good customer.

The best way to handle such a situation would be to go to a supervisor, explain the situation, and ask for advice.
10. Do you have any question ?
Yes!!! You should always have a question!!!

You can ask questions like .

A. Are there opportunities for professional development within and beyond the company itself?
B. What are the company's strength and weaknesses?
C. To what extent do employees have an opportunity to offer inputs into administration and planning?

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