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Disciplines > Job-finding > Interview Questions

Big picture | Strengths | Possible weaknesses | Stress | Working with others | Constraints | See also

 

Job interviews are often the most feared aspect of finding yourself employment, and yet they need not be that way. A critical trick is to know what questions you might be asked and hence have great answers already prepared for those tough questions you may be asked.

This section not only tells you how to answer interview questions, it also explains what they are looking for and hence lets you answer difficult questions with effective answers. Please do note: the answers offered here are to help you think and understand and may the right things to say in all situations.

Big picture

Big picture questions seek to understand the whole person, their overall motivations and their general approaches to work.

Strengths

Strength questions effectively ask 'Why should we employ you?' If these are not answered well then there is no chance you will get the job.

Possible weaknesses

Weakness questions seek to understand where you might not fit with the job. They are also a test of character, including how you face up to weaknesses and how you manage and improve them.

Stress

Stress is a killer at work and many jobs are very stressful. People who are seeking stressful jobs and who cannot handle stress well are obviously not good candidates. This is also test of how honest you are with yourself - interviewers will watch for correlation of body language and answers.

Working with others

Many jobs need you to work in teams and across departments. These questions seek to find out how good you are at this.

Constraints

If they like you, they may ask questions to determine what would stop you from working with them. This also helps them match the person with the job.

And...

Do remember that although the truth may be extended a little to help you get the job, outright lying and excessive exaggeration is unlikely to help you in the longer term. For example, if you cannot handle stress and land a high-pressure job, then you are unlikely to survive for long.

Note also that although there are many ideas here, they do not cover the whole show. More questions can be asked and there can be other purpose to the questioning. The bottom line is to be calm, positive, interested, enthusiastic or otherwise the ideal employee they are seeking!

See also

Questioning techniques, Listening

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