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Interviewing for a Job

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

You have your resume. You sent it to 20 companies and 7 replied back. The companies are asking for an interview. You have the attire for dressing to impress but have you gone through the interview in your head? Visualize what will happen. Imagine your confident self giving a firm handshake and sitting with a good posture. Think of what questions your interviewer may ask:

• Why should this company hire you?
• Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
• What can you contribute to a team?
• If you could what would you change about yourself?
• What made you leave your last job?
• Please explain some of your strengths and weaknesses?
• How do you stay motivated?

Form answers to these main questions. Think of what stories or explanations you can tell to showcase your skills.

Sample questions:

Why should this company hire you?
I have a lot of experience related to the position your company is hiring. I worked in (company name) and there I learned how do so and so. That experience taught me blah and how I could use in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I see myself working either for this company or another. I have many other skills so I may start my own business in future and promote that niche.

What can you contribute to a team?
I usually enjoy leading and motivating others. In a team I would be pick a leadership roll and make sure my team gets its projects done before the dead line.

If you could what would you change about yourself?
I would change my motivation and help it fit with those around me. Sometimes I am so hyped up and motivated to get something done that I push other people. These people may not be as inclined as I am so sometimes I have to tone myself down so I can work cohesively with a team.

What made you leave your last job?
The work I was doing was not challenging enough for me. In the end my goals changed and I decided to leave the company. I did enjoy working there but I rather go somewhere that can use my skills to its full potential.

Please explain some of your strengths and weaknesses?
My strengths are keeping myself and others motivated. My weakness is trying to complete my task as soon as possible when some of my co workers maybe going at their own pace.

How do you stay motivated?
I know this maybe cliché to say but I feel motivated to change people’s lives. To see them grow and reach their potential. Of course coffee helps but at the end of the day it’s that satisfaction of getting everything completed do I feel motivated to continue.

If you are still having trouble answering these questions here is a great article to check out by Alison Doyle. There are some great answers which can help you form your own.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm

Jobs can be found through networking, internships, or in a local paper. Keep trying and soon you will have the career you desire.