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  1. Are you applying for other jobs? 
    Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

 

  1. Why do you want to work for this organization? 
    This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term 
    career goals.

 

  1. Do you know anyone who works for us? 
    Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

 

  1. What kind of salary do you need? 
    A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That's a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? 
    In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

 

  1. Are you a team player? 
    You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself is good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag; just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

 

  1. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? 
    Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I'd like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job.

 

  1. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? 
    This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the 
    individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

 

  1. What is your philosophy towards work? 
    The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That's the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a 
    benefit to the organization.

 

  1. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you? 
    Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

 

  1. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? 
    If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

 

  1.  Explain how you would be an asset to this organization 
    You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

 

  1.  Why should we hire you? 
    Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

 

  1. Tell me about a suggestion you have made 
    Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

 

  1.  What irritates you about co-workers
    This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

 

  1. What is your greatest strength? 
    Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: 
    Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills,  Your positive attitude

 

  1. Tell me about your dream job. 
    Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can't wait to get to work.

 

  1.  Why do you think you would do well at this job? 
    Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

 

  1.  What are you looking for in a job? 
    See answer # 23

 

  1.  What kind of person would you refuse to work with? 
    Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

 

  1. What is more important to you: the money or the work? 
    Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

 

  1.  What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? 
    There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

 

  1. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?

Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

 

  1.  What has disappointed you about a job? 
    Don't get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.