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Sample Interview Questions 41. What has been your greatest contribution so far? Answer: This is another chance to tell a success story. Usually people tell about the success or an achievement that they have achieved. If you have done something else that has resulted in the over all well being of the employees or organization, then you can talk about it too. 42. If you decide to stay in your current job profile what do you think you can achieve in the coming years? Answer: There are times when the same question is asked in various ways and this is one such type.

This is another way of asking your short term goal. You can answer here as how would you like to explore the possibilities that you see in your profile. If there are any other goals that you see in the coming years and your current profile is a stepping stone, you can mention that too. 43. What has been your worst experience so far? Answer: We all make mistakes in life and it is ok to make them. Any person will learn from his mistake so don’t be hesitant in saying so. You can say what happened when you went through a bad experience and what you learnt from it.

Point out the loop holes and then the related alternate ways that you could have opted for. 44. What has been your one such experience in your professional life so far that will turn out to be a benefit for our company? Answer: This is another way of asking as what are your short term goals? To this question you can answer how your qualities can turn out to be a benefit for the company. If you have made new customer contacts in the past and even made new territories, then you can do the same in this company. This is just one such example, you can narrate similar more such examples. 45.

What is that one change that you would like to bring in your past organization and why? Answer: This questions judge you on how well aware you are about what’s happening in your organization. This is expected from the management from its responsible employees. You can state here the changes that you would like to bring but make sure you give proper valid reason for the same. 46. What factors motivate you in a working environment? Answer: When you accomplish a task successfully, you expect an appreciation. These small factors motivate you to do the task ahead in a positive state of mind.

Even though we are all professionals, psychological and emotional factors also contribute to the performance of the work. 47. How do you manage stress with work? Answer: Stress is a part of life so one must accept it as it comes in the way of life. When I am confronted with stress, I tend to find out the cause of it. There are various causes for stress, it may be due to self reason or may be due to others too. So what ever be the cause, I approach it with a flow chart method, i. e. starting with the root cause and doing the follow up.

One tends to loose temper but life/work teaches you to stay calm and use logical ways to find out the solution. 48. Your experience is not as per our expectation, I wonder that’s bit worrying. Answer: An ideal way to answer could be “My experience may be just 18 months as a team player but in these 18 months I have gone through the highs and lows of work. The highs have encouraged me while the lows have taught me to learn from my mistakes. I believe that it is not just the time you spent in gaining experience but the challenges that you face. I have learned a lot from my experience. 49. What activities do you indulge in when you are free? Answer: This question is another way of asking about your hobbies. Here is a sample answer, “I have always been interested in sports, so during my free time I play tennis. Swimming keeps me active and fit all day so that is a part of my daily routine. I also enjoy my leisure time by meeting friends and watching movies. ” 50. How fast do you think that you will adjust in our company? Answer: When asked something like this you should say “I believe that life around us changes, sometime for the good and sometimes for the bad.

One must be prepared to accept and deal with every new, challenging situation. ” When asked the job interview question “How did you handle a challenge? ” be sure to include specific examples of how you handled a particular difficult situation. Discuss how you researched the issue and contributed to finding a solution. Examples of good responses include: * During a difficult financial period, I was able to satisfactorily negotiate repayment schedules with multiple vendors. * When the software development of our new product stalled, I coordinated the team which managed o get the schedule back on track. We were able to successfully troubleshoot the issues and solve the problems, within a very short period of time. * A long-term client was about to take their business to a competitor. I met with the customer and was able to change how we handled the account on a day-to-day basis, in order to keep the business. As a follow up to being asked about your greatest strengths, you may be asked about how your greatest strength helped your performance on the job. When you respond, relate your strengths to both the job description and your ability to perform at work.

Sample Answers * My greatest strength is my ability to work with many different people. I enjoy learning from everyone I meet, and in this position I believe that will enhance my ability to perform on the team. * My greatest strength is my ability to focus on my work. I’m not easily distracted, and this means that my performance is very high, even in a busy office like this one. * My greatest strength is my ability to focus on the job at hand. I’m not easily distracted from the big picture. * My organizational skills are my greatest strength.

I’m capable of keeping many projects on track at the same time. Job Interview Answer: How Would You Describe Yourself? By Alison Doyle, About. com Guide See More About: * job interviews * job interview questions * job interview answers Review sample answers to the interview question “How would you describe yourself? ” When you respond, keep in mind the type of position you are interviewing for, the company culture, and the work environment. Your answer should help show the interviewer why you’re a match for the job and for the company. * I’m a people person.

I really enjoy meeting and working with a lot of different people. * I’m a perfectionist. I pay attention to all the details, and like to be sure that everything is just right. * I’m a creative thinker. I like to explore alternative solutions to problems and have an open mind about what will work best. * I’m efficient and highly organized. This enables me to be as productive as possible on the job. * I enjoy solving problems, troubleshooting issues, and coming up with solutions in a timely manner. * 1. How would you describe yourself? * Sample excellent response:

My background to date has been centered around preparing myself to become the very best financial consultant I can become. Let me tell you specifically how I’ve prepared myself. I am an undergraduate student in finance and accounting at _________ University. My past experiences has been in retail and higher education. Both aspects have prepared me well for this career. * See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 2. What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life? * Sample excellent response:

I want to be working for an excellent company like yours in a job in which I am managing information. I plan to contribute my leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills. My long-range career goal is to be the best information systems technician I can for the company I work for. * See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 3. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career? * Sample excellent response: I have prepared myself to transition into the the work force through real-world experience involving travel abroad, internship, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

While interning with a private organization in Ecuador, I developed a 15-page marketing plan composed in Spanish that recommended more effective ways the company could promote its services. I also traveled abroad on two other occasions in which I researched the indigenous culture of the Mayan Indians in Todos Santos, Guatemala, and participate din a total language immersion program in Costa Rica. As you can see from my academic, extracurricular, and experiential background, I have unconditionally committed myself to success as a marketing professional. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 4. Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation. * Sample excellent response (equates ideal job with job he’s interviewing for): My ideal job is one that incorporates both my education and practical work skills to be the best I can be. Namely combining my education in finance with my working knowledge of customer service operations, entrepreneurial abilities, computer skills, and administrative skills. I want to utilize my analytical expertise to help people meet their financial goals.

This is exactly why I am convinced that I would be a very valuable member of the Merrill Lynch team. * See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 5. What influenced you to choose this career? * Sample excellent response: My past experiences have shown me that I enjoy facing and overcoming the challenge of making a sale. Without a doubt, once I have practiced my presentation and prepared myself for objections, I feel very confident approaching people I don’t know and convincing them that they need my product.

Lastly, I like sales because my potential for success is limited only by how much of myself I dedicate toward my goal. If any profession is founded on self-determinism, it surely must be sales. * See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 6. At what point did you choose this career? * Sample excellent response: I knew that I wanted to pursue information systems technology about my sophomore year in college. It was then that I realized that my that my hobby (computers) was taking up most of my time. My favorite courses were IT courses.

I also realized that I was doing computer-oriented work-study that I enjoyed so much I would have done it for free. * 7. What specific goals have you established for your career? * Sample excellent response: My goals include becoming a Certified Financial Advisor so I can obtain a better working knowledge of financial research analysis, which would allow me contribute to my client base as a better financial consultant since I would have that extra insight into the companies they are seeking to invest in. Also this is the foundation block to advancing my career to portfolio manager or even branch office manager. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. * 8. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them? * Sample excellent response: I’ve already done some research on other workers at Merrill Lynch to see how they achieved similar goals. I know that Merrill Lynch encourages the pursuit and will reimburse for tuition of a graduate degree. I plan on pursuing a MBA to give me an even more extensive knowledge of business and financial analysis. Give me an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell me how you solved it.

DISCUSSION: This is a problem solving question that tests your critical thinking skills. This is a great question for showing that you are a creative and capable problem solver. The problem you select to use as an example should be as similar as possible to a problem that you are likely to face at the job you are interviewing for. 1) LISTEN for their “pain points,” 2) give an example of your experience where you solved something similar, then 3) get them to agree with you that such experience would be beneficial to the company. “I try to take a systematic approach to problem solving.

I take the time to gather the relevant information and clearly define the problem or goal. I think it is important to get the information and clarify the problem first before you start coming up with possible solutions, or wasting other people’s time. FOR EXAMPLE, when I was at Job “X” … What kinds of challenges are YOU currently facing in your department? How tough a position does that put you in? What could the ideal candidate do to help solve this problem in their first couple months on the job? ” “Sure, at my last job we had a problem where the situation was “X” … he action I took was “Y” … and the positive outcome was “Z” … I was commended by Susan in Accounting for solving the problem and getting the project back on track. I think that’s the type of experience you are looking to bring to your team … isn’t it? “You would agree that having this type of experience will help me succeeed in this position, wouldn’t you? ” “… How to best tell your “experience stories” and then get them to agree with you that such experience would be huge asset for the company … ” What did you like best and least about your previous job?

DISCUSSION: This question reveals a lot about you. You want to indicate that what you liked best about your last job are things that will appeal to the Hiring Manager. Show that your last job allowed you to demonstrate many of the positive and desirable Behavioral Competencies that are discussed at the beginning of this Guide. Give specific examples of how your last job allowed you to flex your skills and show your maturity. Never make statements like “I like that my last company gave me a lot of vacation days,” or something similar.

When answering about what you liked least, keep it short and do not be negative. “What I liked about my last job was the fact that there was good on the job training. I was able to really develop my “X” skills, which I know will help me succeed here if I am fortunate enough to be able to join your team. What are the qualities and skills of the people who have been most successful at this company? ” “I’ve got some of those skills as well. I think that’s something that could benefit your department, isn’t it? ” “One thing I liked about my last job was that it allowed me to develop my leadership skills.

FOR EXAMPLE, I was put in charge of a project where I had to earn the “buy-in” of people from multiple different departments — including Marketing, IT, Product Development, and even HR. I held all the responsibility for getting this project completed on time, even though I had no real authority over my teammates since they did not report to me. I was able to create a project vision that the team agreed on, and then day-to-day I made sure that each team member completed their work on time. I did this in most cases by appealing to my teammates’ own self-interests. FOR EXAMPLE … ” “Did I answer that question to your satisfaction? “What I liked least about my last job was that the management style was pretty hands off, and this was fine for me because I am self-motivated and work hard to achieve. But the lack of structure sometimes allowed some of my teammates to slack off from time to time — and I often ended up having to pick up the extra work. I would not mind that SOMETIMES, but it got old after a while. I had to constructively approach my manager and let her know what was going on WITHOUT creating any friction between me and the slacker teammates, who I actually liked as people. In the end, it worked out well, because I was pro-active.

Have you ever run into that type of situation as a manager? ” “… A Full Explanation Of What You Need To Say To Get Hired … ” What have you learned from your mistakes? DISCUSSION: Show that you are able to learn from your mistakes, but don’t offer up any negative examples concerning your past performance. Show that you have been successful, but that you have the maturity it takes to examine your own behavior so that you can learn and grow and be a better employee. Be brief. “Good question. Well, I have been successful at every job I have had, but I have had the normal ups and downs.

I’d say that I do actively try to monitor my work habits and the quality of my work so that I can constantly be improving myself. FOR EXAMPLE, I have had one or two hiccups with customers where their satisfaction was not where I thought it was. I learned that I have to really monitor certain difficult customers closely and “take their temperature” so I can keep their satisfaction level as high as possible. Have YOU had any customers like that here? ” “… Learn The ‘Mind-Set’ Of Successful Interviewing … ” Describe a situation when working with a team produced more successful results than if you had completed the project on your own.

DISCUSSION: This is a “behavioral interviewing” style of question. The Hiring Manager wants to learn more about your thought process, and how well you can form examples to answer this teamwork related question. You will want to show your ability to solicit ideas from others, listen carefully, and persuade people to your point of view. “Well, I have worked both independently and as a member of team, throughout my career. I enjoy both, and I can do both equally well. I will have to say, though, that working with others has often yielded great results for projects I have worked on — specifically when it comes to brainstorming.

I try to get everyone involved in coming up with new solutions by making time for sessions where “there are no wrong ideas or answers. ” The creativity of a group of people is always going to be greater than that of one person, and thus the results will be more successful. I did that a lot a Job “Y”. FOR EXAMPLE … ” “Working with others allows you data-mine other people’s skills and experiences, get perspectives and ideas that you would not have on your own , and check the quality of your own work before it goes out the door. FOR EXAMPLE, at Job “X” I worked with many great people.

I was able to “pick their brains” — so to speak — about the effectiveness of various techniques, estimates on how long it would take to get various things done, etc. — I would not have been able to do my job as effectively without them … Will there be the opportunity to work in team situations at this job? ” “… Eliminate Any “Fear of Interviewing” Once And for All … ” Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses at work that tested your coping skills. What did you do? DISCUSSION: Workplace stress is an issue for everyone. Don’t pretend that you never get stressed out.

You want to show that you can deal with stress and cope with difficult situations. Show that you are calm under pressure, and know how to avoid stress in the first place through planning and time management. “Well I think it is important to remember that stress effects everyone, and it is inevitable that sometimes people are going to have bad days. That is why I try to give people the benefit of the doubt when they seem to have a short fuse. What I do personally is try to control my response to a situation. You can’t necessarily control what happens to you, but you CAN control your own response.

What I try to do is lengthen the time between the stressful situation and my response — so that I can identify the cause of the stress and decide what I can do about it … Would you say it is a stressful environment here? … I see. I’m sure I can handle it. I have been tested like that before … FOR EXAMPLE …. ” “FOR EXAMPLE, on several occasions I have had to deal with very irate customers who actually yelled at me. What I did was stay calm and not let them get under my skin. I really tried to listen and decide exactly what it was that was at the root of their problem.

Then I provided solutions that could be completed within a specific time-frame. I always find that it is best to face those types of situations head-on and be objective about them. I do my best to be professional and not get my emotions involved. Also, I try to avoid stress in the first place by tackling difficult tasks or conversations sooner rather than later. Does that make sense? … I hope I’ve answered that question to your satisfaction? ” “… This Download Will Fill You With Motivation And Confidence … ” What was your role in your department’s most recent success?

DISCUSSION: You’ll want to be very specific here, and frame your answer in terms of how you saved time and money. The Hiring Manager is looking for a pattern of success, and you need to describe recent successes in detail. Use the S. T. A. R. Statement formula for your examples. Be prepared with at least three examples concerning your recent successes, and make sure at least one of them relates to teamwork and something you accomplished as part of a group. Make sure you address how your work made other people FEEL, as well as the time you saved and the revenue or cost-savings you generated. I guess that would be a recent project for client “X. ” I handled all of the communication with the client for our last project. It was a three month long project where my team had to build a custom package based on the needs of client. I was instrumental in translating the client’s business needs into detailed product features. I had to make sure that my team understood what the client wanted, and then check the quality to make sure that we were delivering a quality product with the features that the client was expecting. ” Well, it was an ongoing process that required a lot of communication and teamwork with my team as well as the client. I think my role really was to clarify the scope of the project, and then “manage the client’s expectations. ” We were able to deliver on time, and the client was thrilled! I was able to make sure no time was wasted on adding unnecessary features, and since we were working on a fixed bid price, we saved my company time and money. My manager and everybody on my team felt great because the project went so smoothly … Is that the kind of experience that would help me be successful here? ” Here is a free peek: Jim, just before we wrap up here, I want to ask you to put your faith in me and give me the job. I will reward you by doing my absolute best to do quality work and make our department shine. ” “Margaret, I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me about the position of “X” here at Company “Y”. What you had to say about project “Z” makes it sound even more exciting! I am extremely interested in the position and I feel that my background in “A” and my three years experience in “B” really makes me a strong candidate. I would like to follow up with you next week to see where you are in the hiring process.

Can I give you a ring? If you need anything from me in the mean time — like work samples, references, etc. — then by all means give me a call or shoot me an email. Lastly, I would like to say that I really want the job, and I hope you will offer it to me. Thank you for your time today! I look forward to hearing from you by Wednesday of next week. ” “Now, to be sure we are both clear on my qualifications … What you get with me is (detailed list of skills, Behavioral Competencies, and benefits of working with you) … Are these kind of qualifications you are looking for? Great!

I really do want the job and I would like to hear from you by next Wednesday because your decision will have an impact on decisions I have to make concerning other opportunities I am currently pursuing. Can I give you a call early next week to see where you are with the hiring process? What are the next steps we should take? ” “Jim, we seem to be in agreement that I have the qualifications, skills, and experience it will take to succeed here? Great! … If you make the decision to hire me, would it be reasonable to expect a formal offer letter by Thursday of next week? I want to ask you to put your faith in me and give me the job. Here Are Some Questions For YOU To Use On The Interviewer! DISCUSSION: Remember that every time a Hiring Manager asks you a question, YOU HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO ASK A QUESTION OF YOUR OWN! Questions are a great follow up to a winning answer. Probe for the things that the Interviewer wants to hear. Probe for the Interviewer’s hidden needs. Try some “tie down” questions that get the Interviewer to agree with you. There are 43 of these questions in the Guide. Here are some samples: * What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of the person hired into this position, … nd what would make that person a “superstar”? * What does your boss expect of you and your team in terms of performance? How could I help you meet those goals? * What’s the one thing I could do on the job that would benefit you the most? * Have I addressed that 100% to your satisfaction? * Does that answer your question about “X”? * Does that make sense? Would that be good example? * You do think that my experience with that type of situation would be relevant to my work here, don’t you? * I think that’s the kind of experience you are looking to bring to your team, isn’t it?

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