Thursday, March 5

PP: Reading Response

How to Answer the 64 Toughest Interview Questions

First and foremost, you must do your research. Finding out what the interviewer / employer wants and needs so that you can clearly articulate that you have the qualifications to provide those wants and needs, instead of just blurting out your skills / only relevant skills. Turn weaknesses into strengths. Taking a pause before answering a question immediately shows that you are thoughtful.
Before answering any questions, ask the interviewer what exactly this position entails and what they are looking for. This will make all of your answers stronger because you can then tailor your answers to connect your skills with what they need. (I like how in this article they say things like "this will feel natural at first" it makes me feel like I'm getting genuine advice from a human and not so computed).

Greatest strengths: Have a mental list and choose ones that suit the position best.
Greatest weakness: Don't list negative things about yourself. Just say that you see nothing that will hinder you from preforming well in the position.
Reason for leaving: more $, opportunity, responsibility, or growth
Silent treatment: "is there anything else I can fill in on that point?"
Five yrs from now: long-term commitment to next position
Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized: begin by emphasizing positive feedback, then discuss learning experiences from early in your career and how those learning have helped you
interests outside of work? use this as an opportunity to diminish stereotypes. If your young provide something impressive / inatellitucal
what would you do differently in life? generally happy with life, proud of yourself, say every experience in life is a lesson.
who inspired you and why? have a few heroes in mind
most boring job you've ever had? you don't allow yourself to get bored with a job
make changes to the company if on board? you'd have to get to know the board's strengths and weaknesses better before making any decisions like that.
not enough experience? agree on the importance of this qualification, explain why ur strength may be better than other people applying, adding this strength to others is really a combination of qualifications that will fit this need.
willing to relocate? first ask where and when and why before answering
goals? don't talk for more than 2 min

when asked any question that you feel uncomfortable answering, such as opinions, just respond with a question: "why do you ask?"
if you win the lottery would you quit working? money doesn't buy happiness, productivity and creativity is essential to my happiness.

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