Tougher interview questions

Two professionals are asked a few interview questions to see what they answer for some tough questions. This was part of a research to see what they answer to some questions which they may normally pose to interviewees as interviewers. Let’s go….

How has your education prepared you for your career?
You can say: I have taken not only the required core classes in the particular field but also gone beyond. I have taken every class the college has to offer in the field and also completed an independent study projects in this area. I had been attending lectures not only to gain academic knowledge but also have had the employment picture in mind. I have always tried to keep a practical view of how the information would apply to my job. Not just theory, but how it would actually apply. My course project in my final semester involved developing a real world (any project), which is very similar to what might be used within your company.

How are you on punctually? What’s your sickness record like?
Everyone would like to present a clean record but remember that to interviewer will most likely be seeking references from your former employers and these are just the kind of acts that they may well heck on. If you have had some serious illness and have been absent from work, do not be embarrassed by this – the interviewer will understand that people do fall ill and as long as they are given no reason to suspect that the illness was contrived you should have nothing at all to be ashamed about.

Punctuality is very important in any job as it demonstrates your commitment, dedication and loyalty to the company. Try and not to hide anything if you have been not punctual but explain why you couldn’t be on time.

Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
If you say an outright ‘No’ most interviewers will keep drilling deeper to find a conflict. The key is how you behaviorally reacted to conflict and what you did to resolve it.
For example: Yes there have been conflicts in the past but not major ones. They have been disagreements that needed to be resolved. I have fond that when conflict occurs, it helps to fully understand the other person’s perspective, so I take time to listen to their point of view, then I seek to work out a collaborative solution.

Focus your answer in the behavioral process for solving the conflict and working collaboratively.

If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer ‘Yes’. But since you need to work this is the type of work you prefer. Do not nod you head if don’t mean it.

You can say I don’t think so that I would require full time because if I do retire, I would stop learning and that day, my brain will be dead. I would rather opt for going into Research and Development and have my brain cells burn more.

Why did you leave your last job?

Real answer: It didn’t work out.

What you should say: I felt my talents and abilities were under utilized.

What are your biggest weaknesses?
Real answer: Hate all forms of authority and can’t concentrate for long.

What you should say: I am a workaholic. I just don’t know when to put down my work

You don’t seem to hold on to a job long. Why should we think you’ll stay here any longer than you’ve stayed elsewhere?

Real answer: My employers have always had a hand-up about keeping only competent employees.

What you should say: I am at a point in my career here I am tired of moving around. I really want to feel part of a team of a long term enterprise, where I can make a contribution.

How do you handle change?
Real answer: I deal with it everyday

What you should say: I think everyone knows that today the only constant is change. I thrive on it.

How do you get along with others?
Real answer: Fine, as long as the stay out of my way.
What you should say: I think the interpersonal dynamics of the workplace can be among the most satisfying aspects of any job.

What does the word success mean to you?
Real answer: It means that I don’t have to drag myself out of bed.

What you should say:
Success, for me, would be knowing I am making a difference working with a team of people to make a more profitable enterprise.

What does the word failure mean to you?
Real answer: It means I continue to collect unemployment insurance (if in US otherwise jobless).
What you should say: Failure? I’m sorry. That word is not in my vocabulary.

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