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Businesswomen are meeting and human resources interviewing in the company office

Tell me a little about yourself.

If you are trying to land your first full or part time job then you should start out by saying that you want a job which currently fits your qualifications and interests and then proceed to say what interests you about the job and give examples from your life so far which should qualify you for the position.

If you have a job history which is diverse without a unifying theme then state that the job is your current interest and why you would be qualified for it based on your current skill set derived from prior job experiences and acquired education which may be selfeducation.

If you have a job history in basically the same field of interest then you can state that the job will advance you in your field of interest as the next step towards your goals in the field of interest. You can also mention what your qualifications for the job position are.

Unless the employer specifically asks for personal details it is best to stay focused on landing the job and giving enough convincing evidence or arguments why you want the job and are qualified for it with real life examples, experiences, and activities.

How did you find out about this job?

Standard answers are the internet, employee of the company, friend or acquaintance, and personal interest.

What do you know about this company?

You can start off by saying it has a good reputation and probably a good place to work. Then after researching the company find out who owns it, who a happy employee might be, that you are interested in the information, products, and services sold or offered by the organization, and whether it is a growing company or a well established firm with a good public reputation.

Why do you want this job?

If you are an entry level assembly line worker then you can admit that you need the money but you should probably say that the job interests you and that you are qualified for it by giving real life examples from your past.

If it is not an entry level position then you can state that you are impressed by the good public reputation that the company has and that you think it will help your career development progress. Basically you are very interested in the company and you feel that you can contribute to it’s success with your qualifications and smart hard work.

What are you passionate about?

You should be passionate about your career choice which should include the job that you are applying for but you can also include some hobbies or non work pastimes which you are passionate about.

Why should we hire you?

You are very interested in the job and qualified for it. Give real life examples of your qualifications based on prior job experience, skills, education which may be self education, and people or social skills.

What are your strengths?

Smart hard worker, punctual, dependable, competent, friendly, empathetic, caring, attention to detail, etc.

What are your weaknesses?

Try not to specify your social weaknesses unless it is a statement that you wish you were a little more extroverted than introverted. I suppose you could also say that at times I am a little too serious and don’t find some things that funny. Give some relatively unimportant examples of this seriousness.

For a position as a sous chef you can simply say that you are not that good at filleting fish or that there is some skill that you want to be better at.

What is your greatest job achievement?

Choose a problem which needed a solution that you solved. Give an example of advice you gave your boss which was taken with satisfactory results. If a member of a team give an example of how your work contributed to a successful team effort. And if you managed a team or a department give an example of a successful team effort or a successful department partial or full reorganization effort.

What problem did you solve which needed solving?

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

Hopefully it is doing something in the company which you will be working for but it could also be taking some time off to get some useful education to further your career.

What are your goals for the future?

What is your dream job?

Why are you leaving your current job?

Not challenging enough, no room for much advancement, and better salary are all valid answers. Try staying away from severely criticizing a former boss although a toxic work environment could be a valid reason if many employees were leaving because of a poorly managed work environment or some toxic individuals which were not fired and became a huge liability for the company.

Is there anything which makes you unique?

This question is rarely asked but if it is then you can say that you are a little different from other humans but will probably never be as unique as Michael Jackson or Einstein.

Have you gotten angry at work? What happened?

If you mostly work alone then you can pick an example of a time when you got angry at yourself for a mistake or not meeting a deadline.

What have you learned from your mistakes?

Don’t make too many of them or don’t make any serious mistakes or you can get into a lot of trouble with your boss.

What did you like most about your past position?

What did you like least about your past position?

Reasons for leaving the current job are probably also the things which you liked least about your past position.

Why were you fired?

Why did you quit your job?

Reasons for leaving the current job are probably also the things which you liked least about your past position and why you quit.

What’s your management style?

What’s a time when you disagreed with a decision made at work?

How would your boss and coworkers describe you?

Why was there a gap in your employment?

What do you like to do outside of work?

Do you plan to have children?

Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?

Give some examples of teamwork.

Finally, prepping for an interview is always good but remember to be yourself and answer as truthfully as possible and rather spontaneously. If you don’t know what to say or what to answer instantaneously then the best response is to say- I will have to think about this and answer later. This way your true personality will shine through and it should not be pretentious or contrived. If you try to hide a shitty personality and are unqualified for the job then chances are you will get fired from the job anyway sooner or later.

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What is not so obvious is that interview questions which you can ask will vary depending on the type of job you are applying for, your personal job experiences, your age, your ultimate job goals, and your introverted or extroverted personality or your social skills.

It should be obvious that a well defined rather limited skill job such as a cashier, truck driver, lawn mower, waiter, fast food preparer, security guard, etc. is much different than a programming, web designer, engineer, or other high skilled job situation. The former job position is highly replaceable and often an entry job position and the latter requires a considerable amount of useful education and skills to even be considered for the job position. So complexity of the job type is an important consideration when asking interview questions.

An important distinction is that of a managerial position and one that is not. Management positions usually require that you have spent some time working in the specialties which you are managing. Secondarily management positions require people, social, or emotional intelligence skills which are more important in managerial roles. It is also important if you are merely a boss or supervisor managing a handful of employees or one managing 50 employees or more. Managing departments with many employees of varied skills is also much different than managing a team of specialists or being a group leader.

Finally your personal job experience, education, age, and ultimate job goals will determine if you are a good candidate for a job and the questions which you ask will depend on these factors.

If you have no job experience, are a high school dropout, have poor social skills or are a bad conversationalist, and show up with poor hygiene, hair uncombed, and torn clothes then your chances of landing an entry level job or higher are minimal.

If you are a high school graduate, smile, have a good personality which shows during a conversation, have a neat appearance, have good grades and have been busy with many extra curricular activities in school, have interesting hobbies, have mowed lawns, washed cars, taken care of younger siblings, and generally actively done things then your chances of getting an entry level job are pretty good if there is an opening in the first place. Of course it helps if you have a recommendation or reference from an employee who already works there successfully. An appropriately written resume can also help, especially in the age of internet applications.

Some appropriate interview questions which can be asked for an entry level job are-

Will it be a full or part time job?

What days will I work?

What time does the work begin and end?

What is my hourly pay?

Who will be my boss or supervisor?

How long has my boss or supervisor worked there?

Do I have to pay for uniforms?

Is there a dress code?

For a sales position you can ask- Is it a commission basis only or is there an hourly wage too? and for a waiter or waitress position you can ask- What is the approximate daily tip amount?

If you are ambitious and want to move up the company ladder then it might be wise to find out if it is a growing company or business or one which is well established with little turnover in managerial staff. Try choosing the growing company because it is more probable that there will be open positions to move up.

Some interview questions which might be appropriate are-

What is the average time that you have to work here successfully before you get a promotion or pay raise?

How long has my manager worked here?

Do you have any on the job training or a mentor system?

In how many states do you have branches in?

Do you have any problem departments which need improvement?

Approximately what percentage of your managers are from internal promotions and what percentage are hired from other companies?

Does the company provide health insurance?

What are some company perks or personal benefits?

What job functions are you planning to computerize in the near future?

In almost any job opening it is important to know what skills are necessary for the job and how well your job skills and experience address the responsibilities with which you will have to deal with. Nothing is more convincing than using your personal job experience and translating it into solving a job opening problem at a new company.

If it is specialty skills which are required then having used those specialty skills successfully in another job is a big plus. If it is managerial skills that are dominant then it is a big plus to have successfully managed at another successful company. If you have proven yourself with one or more companies successfully then it is much easier to sell yourself to another company with a better or slightly better job opportunity.

It is the age of job hopping whether for automation reasons which eliminate your job entirely or for greater opportunity elsewhere. Being a quick learner and constantly keeping abreast of new developments in your job category is a must these days because you can become relatively obsolete with old job skills in a matter of 5 or 10 years if you stagnate on the job. Yes, highly skilled jobs are less likely to be replaced but even there computer software is greatly impacting even professions such as architects, writers, engineers, and doctors.

Finally remember that during an interview you are being interviewed and not the other way around. So listen more and talk less. Answer truthfully to the best of your ability, smile, be friendly, and use prior job experiences and personal experiences where appropriate. Be aware of your strengths but also some minor weaknesses since no one is perfect nor should you present yourself as being perfect or invincible.

Your true personality should come through during an interview to some extent so don’t try to be pretentious and try to oversell yourself. There is a big difference in being confident and friendly and trying to pretentiously pose as a know it all and can do anything personality.

To fully prepare for an interview you must also anticipate some of the interview questions and be ready to convincingly answer them. Research this on your own and then be fully prepared for a job interview. Luck is sometimes necessary but there is nothing like being fully prepared for a job interview and prepared for all the relevant questions which may be asked.

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interview-checklist-job-candidate-requirements-qualifications-must-possess-clipboard-including-experience-communication-35557311Interview: v. to communicate and to interact primarily for getting information from a human(s) and the information is frequently used for qualifying someone for a job and/or position of authority


An interview is sometimes made with a guest who has something relatively interesting to share which is sometimes information of interest to you. Most interviews exist to potentially hire someone for a job and/or position of authority.


Good interviewing is not a skill many have and unfortunately much impulsivity exists during interviews which excludes many potentially competent or qualified humans whose social and communication skills are generally deficient to some degree.

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There is a fundamental difference between a managerial role and a strong technical role which employees have to fill. The ideal combination for a leadership role is a human with strong human skills who also has the most technical skill or knowledge in the industry. Few humans are exceptional leaders and most can be classified as good potential followers.

Another basic principle to keep in mind is to hire someone with personal appeal or charisma and talent who has had previous experience in an almost identical job. Teaching a graduate to lead or perform on the job without prior experience and failure is a very risky approach and can potentially lead to much failure in a real responsible job.

A smart approach to hiring is to hire slowly, ask all the right questions, verify some important answers, fire fast, and trust your intuition.

Hiring slowly means interviewing more than one potential candidate and following up an interview with a second one, especially if there are still important questions to get answers to which arose out of the first interview.

Fire the new employee quickly if they are untrustworthy, don’t work well with others, or turn out not to have the skills which they claimed they had on the resume and during the interview.

Trust your intuition and if you are afraid of discrimination claims don’t hire someone just because they are a friend, of a certain sex, ethnic group, or religion but don’t meet all your objective standards for employment.


The ideal candidate is a talented, confident, trustworthy, dedicated, selfmotivated, fast learner, passionate, energetic, not afraid of change, and wanting growth or more responsibilities in a job.

Before the interview do reference checks and check profiles on Facebook or Linkedin.


The kinds of questions which can be asked during an interview are endless but here are some 15 suggestions for leading questions which you can follow up with more relevant questions which obtain more information about the same general question:

Who or what interested you in wanting to work for the organization?

Why did you leave or want to leave your past or present jobs?

What role or work would you like to ideally perform in the organization now and in five or ten years?

What are your short and long range goals in private life?

What are the competitors to the organization and what are your personal opinions about them?

What were your greatest successes and failures on previous jobs?

What were the best and worst experiences which you had on the job?

What are the types or characteristics of humans which you work best with?

What are your work strengths and weaknesses?

Did you frequently work overtime on your previous job and why?

Out of all your previous jobs which was the most satisfying and why?

Out of all your previous jobs which was the worst and why?

Do you have a very good memory for names and places and experiences?

What are your favorite heroes or heroines or humans who you idolize in private and public life?

What do you like to do in your free time away from work?


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