Quick Preparation for a Job Interview

If you want to do well in the job interview, you need to prepare yourself prior to the interview. One way is to review some of the most frequently used questions that are used by many employers.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions:

1. Tell Me About Yourself.

This is usually an opening request made by the interviewer to find out something about you. When talking about yourself discuss the relevant information the employer needs to know about you in relation to the job you are applying for. The employer does not want to know your life history! You are being asked to describe what skills you have learned that will qualify you for the job you are applying for. Discuss your education, training and skills you have acquired that qualify you for the job. The employer is looking for reasons of why they should hire you.

2. What Are Your Strengths?

Prior to the interview, create a list of your strengths and examples that describe your strengths in the workplace. You would impress the interviewer if you had several examples memorized with appropriate examples. Be aware of what the particular job you are applying for calls for when you discuss your strengths to the interviewer. For example, if the job calls for good telephone skills/communication skills, describe how you have these skills and have used them in prior jobs.

3. What Are Your Weaknesses?

Do not respond to the interviewer with "I do not have any weaknesses." This will not go well for you because everyone has some weaknesses that affects them in the workplace. For example, if you tend to get inpatient with other coworkers when you are jointly completing a task, you may discuss how this impatience has created some difficulties with other coworkers who do not work at your same pace. Discuss this weakness in a way that it could also be viewed as a positive trait. If you cannot think of any weaknesses ask other coworkers or friends for some feedback.

4. Please describe a conflict you have experienced in the workplace and how you resolved it?

This is very important because there is conflict in the workplace almost daily. Some conflict can be between the coworkers or between a subordinate and supervisor and this will create an unpleasant environment which in turn will not help the workflow. The employer wants to know how you deal with conflict and if you have found ways to resolve conflict that could hinder your work and work relationships.

5. How do you set and manage goals?

Discuss what goals you have set for yourself. Discuss how you acquired certain skills and training. What volunteer work have you done that has trained you in certain areas? What skills are important to you in the workplace? Described how you have set certain goals and how you took action. Also, describe the positive results of your actions. For example, discuss how you have managed your work day, what work had to be completed and how you managed to get this done.

The marketplace is very competitive, especially now with high unemployment. Having the necessary job interviewing skills is a must! If you do not prepare yourself prior to the interview, you may not be considered for the job. Be proactive in learning how you can interview better and increase your chances of being selected for employment.

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