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Facts to Collect before Interview

  • Key people in the organization
  • Major products or services
  • Size in terms of sales and employees
  • Locations other than your community
  • Organizational structure of the company
  • Major competitors
  • View of the company by clients, suppliers, and competition
  • Latest news reports on the company or on local or national news that affects the company

Video - Top 10 Interview Questions and Answers

Interview Questions

What is your greatest weakness?

Be careful with this. Most interview guides will tell you to answer with a positive trait disguised as a weakness. For example, "I tend to expect others to work as hard as I do" or "I'm a bit of a perfectionist." Interviewers have heard these answers "canned" over and over again. To stand out, be more original and a weak rule is true, but then emphasize what you have done to overcome it. For example: "I had trouble delegating tasks to others, because I felt I could do better myself Sometimes this has failed because it would end more than he could handle and the quality of my work would suffer .But I've taken courses in time management and learned effective delegation techniques, and I think we have overcome this weakness."
IMPORTANT: Be sure the weakness you talk about is NOT a key element of the position!

How do you handle stressful situations?

Give some examples of stressful situations you've dealt with in the past. Tell how you use time management, problem-solving or decision-making skills to reduce stress. For example, tell them that making a "to-do" list helps. Site stress-reducing techniques such as stretching and taking a break. Don't be afraid to admit that you will ask for assistance if you are feeling overwhelmed.
If it's true, say you actually work better under pressure.

What is the toughest problem you've had to face, and how did you overcome it?

Try to make this about a problem that faced your company and not just you or your particular work group. The bigger the problem, the better. Give specific examples of the skills and techniques you used to resolve this problem. Emphasize the successful results. Be generous in sharing credit if it was a team effort, but be sure to highlight your specific role.

Have you ever had to discipline a problem employee? If so, how did you handle it?

This is a likely question if the position for which you are applying requires supervisory duties. Explain how you used problem-solving skills, listening skills, and coaching skills to help the employee. If those techniques turned the employee around, be sure to say so. If those techniques failed, tell how you followed the company's policies and what the end result was.

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