Saturday, June 9, 2007

Job Interviewing Questions

There are many different questions that an interviewer may ask. The questions that usually vary are the ones that relate to the field of study, and expertise you can give to the company. In addition, every company runs differently, so their questions will be based upon what the company's main goals are. However, there seem to be many questions that never change, and I have a few examples of how to answer, and how NOT to answer the more generic questions. Many of these examples are self-explanatory, but if you get lost, you may need to grab a dictionary (and hit yourself over the head with it)! Truthfully, I was a manager once, and DID have similar INCORRECT answers when I interviewed some "special" people (it's a good thing their mothers love them)!

First, the interviewer tends to ask, "Tell me about yourself." A CORRECT answer may be as such: "I am a recent college graduate of _____ University – where I majored in Graphic Design and Internet Technology. I received my Bachelor's Degree about four months ago, and have just recently begun searching for just the right job for me. I saw your ad in the paper, and thought I could give it a shot!" An INCORRECT answer would be, "Well, I'm a Virgo, and really, really into computer games. I have, like, three-hundred CD's because I am such a music fanatic! I really thought your job sounds cool, so I thought I'd just stop by and check it out!"

Interviewer: "Now, your resume says you have computer experience. Can you elaborate?" CORRECT answer: "I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Works, Excel, PowerPoint, and generally all of the Microsoft technology. I can also type about 60 words per minute, and can utilize the Internet as much as necessary." The INCORRECT answer: "Oh, I'm hanging out on MySpace about three hours a day. I also love playing Warcraft until all hours of the night. Oh, and I used it for a lot of my homework assignments, too!"

Interviewer: "So, why did you leave your last job?" CORRECT answer: "I was working while going to college, and – when I graduated – I moved back home, and I'm looking for a job around the area now." The INCORRECT answer: "They weren't paying me enough, and my boss was an absolute wiener. I also got into a fight with one of the other co-workers, and we both got fired for it."

Interviewer: "Why do you think you are the best fit for this position?" CORRECT answer: "I went to college for this exact kind of job, and I really think I can bring a lot of experience to the company. It is really the kind of position I feel I can be more than competent in." INCORRECT answer: "Hey, I don't know really. It just seems like the kind of thing I'd be good at! I mean, I love working this kind of stuff, so I figured – why not get paid to do it, you know?"

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