Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions

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What are the most common interview questions?  These are the questions you are  likely to encounter as you prepare for an interview.  You want the job, so you have prepared for it.  The job is something that you feel you have the skills and capabilities to do.  It is time for your years of hard work and effort  to pay off which means you need to go to the interview prepared to answer the most  common questions.

Common  Questions that are Asked

Here are some typicalquestions that are asked when you get to that all important interview.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How are you qualified for the job?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • How do you deal with stressful situations?
  • What would you do during the first month or two on the job?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What do you like to do outside of work?
  • How would you handle conflict?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What is something difficult you have faced in your career?
  • Describe a situation where you worked through a problem.
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing on the job?
  • Why are you applying for this job?

Information on Common Interview Questions

As you consider and prepare to answer the most common interview questions, you will be more comfortable responding well during the interview.

3 things to do when you don’t get a job offer

3 things to do when don’t get a job offer

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Here are 3 things to do when you don’t get a job offer.  Sometimes you make your plan, apply for a job, only to find out that you didn’t get a job offer.  Consider what to do when this happens.

First, evaluate the reasons.

Follow the links below and consider the reasons that would apply in your situation.

Consider how these reasons apply to your situation.

Second, evaluate what you can change.


Ask yourself if there are reasons that are within your control and that you can change. The most important thing to do when you don’t get a job offer is to change those things within your control to be better prepared for the next job interview. Here are a few questions to consider in evaluating what you can change.

  • What first impression do I make? Do I appear professional, well-groomed, and pleasant?
  • How do my qualifications measure up? Is there something I could do to enhance my resume? How could I improve my capabilities to have an edge over the competition?
  • How are my interpersonal skills? Was I able to develop a rapport with the interviewer? Did a use professional language? Did I ask good questions? How could I improve my interpersonal communication?
  • Will the company I interviewed with have future positions? How could I stay in touch with the interviewer to be considered for a future job?
  • Was I prepared for the interview? Did I do my homework to find out about the company, its goals, and how the job I am applying for fits in to the big picture? How could I prepare better for future interviews?

Third, change what you can.

You probably can’t change things if the company has a hiring freeze, budget limitation, or if there is an internal candidate that is preferred over one outside the company.  However, there are many things you can change.  Make of list of the things you want to change to do better in the next interview.  For each item on your list make a plan of ways you can improve in that area.  Remember, change takes time so don’t expect overnight results.

Each day do something to implement your change strategies. This will help you be better prepared for the next interview.  Next time you don’t want to be considering three things to do when you don’t get a job offer.  You want to be saying:Yes! I’d love to start a new job!”

Career: Tune Up your Image

Career: Tune up your image


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Help your career:  tune up your image. It may be time to tune up your image and get the word out about what you can do.    Get some help  to send out your message.  Brand yourself so it is clear what you do.  Share your work experience in order to  land your next dream job. Get the help you need to it to the next level.  You can do this as you update your resume, cover letter, business cards, etc.  to the next level.

Resources for your Career:  Tune up your image

Take action to your career:  Tune up your image

Consider the many ways that you can take action to impact your career and tune up your image.  All of the items you present as part of a job search are a reflection on you.  Put together, they create a strong visual image of who you are and what you want to achieve in your career. Take the time to make sure your resume, cover letter and business cards are professional.  Update them from time to time to ensure that they stay current.

Make sure your actions reflect professionalism and good well.  Become known as a professional who works hard, helps others, and helps meet corporate goals.  Be the go to person who politely helps others and takes on additional work.  Be the one who leads the way for others to follow.  As you do so, you will build a strong reputation for professionalism.

As you take steps to tune up the image you share through your cover letter, resume, business card, blog or flyer you will find others are better able to see how they can use the skills you offer!

Four tips for Getting Hired.

Four Tips for Getting Hired.

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If your career needs a tune-up and you need a new jobs, here are a few tips for getting hired. First, make time to review job announcements.  Second, respond quickly to new job postings. Third, prepare for the Interview. Fourth, follow-up after the interview.

ONE. Make time to review job announcements.

Target job announcements in areas where you are qualified.  Don’t spend time applying for jobs you don’t have the skills for.  You may want to target specific companies that you know treat employees well.  It takes time to research new job postings and evaluate whether you qualify, so schedule a time each day to do some looking. Some job applicants like to start each day by reviewing new job announcements.

Use online job boards to look for announcements such as Indeed, Glass Door, Monster, and Career Builder. Don’t forget corporate web sites.  If you have targeted a specific company be sure to regularly look at their web site for job postings.

TWO. Respond quickly to new job postings.

Keep your resume up to date and ready to post.  Fine tune it as needed so that your resume includes key words relevant for the job, while still keep the resume true and accurate.

Once you spot a job posting that is a good match, then complete the application and attach your resume.  Responding early may make the difference of whether your application is reviewed.

THREE. Prepare for the Interview.

Prepare for the interview by considering your honest response to common interview questions.  Have a friend ask you common questions so you have practice responding in a professional manner.

Gather information about the company and prepare questions for the company.  Ask about the job? Ask how your job fits into the big picture?  Ask other specific questions unique to the organization.  This will demonstrate that you are prepared and have done your homework about the company.

FOUR. Follow-up after the Interview.

Differentiate yourself by following up after the interview. Send a thank you note or e-mail to thank the interviewer for their time.  If the interviewer asks for further information, provide it promptly.  Once you have done all you can do, then keep applying for more jobs until you have an actual offer of employment in hand.

When the offer comes in, make sure it is a good match between your skills and the needs of the organization.  The happiest employees are those who love what they do!

Remember to follow these four tips for getting hired:  review job announcements, respond quickly, prepare for the interview, and follow-up after the interview. You will soon find yourself HIRED!

Top 7 job interview questions to ask

Hiring managers told us the most impressive question they were asked by a candidate at their job interview.

1. What is an example of a client challenge you have recently faced?

Then, in your Thank You note, address that challenge and how you would tackle it!

– Amy Ogden, Director of Marketing and Development for J Public Relations

2. Where do you see the company going in the next year? 10 years?

He actually stumped me in his job interview.

– Brandon Seymour of Beymour Consulting

3. Can I work in the call center for a few weeks to get a sense of your donors’ needs?

The position was for a senior business manager. I was blown away.

– Robert Moskovits, VP of Business Development at Kars4Kids Charity

4. What is the question you all really want to ask me but haven’t yet in this job interview?

This was a brilliant question to ask in a job interview because it encouraged the committee to tip its hand about the concern we all had about the candidate, which gave him a chance to address it.

– Aaron Basko, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Services Salisbury University

5. What impact would I have on the team if I get hired?

The candidate was already thinking in the job interview about what success would look like in the role.

– Mazin Abou-Seido, Director, Information Technology at Halogen Software

6. I was looking at your social media presence before this job interview and I can see that your brands have been more active over the past few months. Has your strategy changed?

Clearly they had done their research for this job interview and were already thinking about marketing our brands.

– Heidi Ferolito, HR Director of Talent Acquisition and Retention for World Travel Holding

7. What would make someone really successful in this role?

This makes me think they are A-players. They want to blow everyone out of the water.

– Ashley Verrill, Content Strategist at Software Advice