(Closed) NWR: Tricky Interview questions?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

The hardest for me are being asked about strengths and weaknesses and figuring out how to spin your weaknesses to be a positive of some sort.

I also find it very hard to talk myself up, because I feel like I’m bragging.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The question – Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Situational questions like “Tell me a time…”. Have a few answers lined up for situational questions in regards to how you delt with a difficult/stressful time crunch, etc.

And I agree with KatNYC, the weakness question gets me every time.

Remember to never say anything negative about your last employer and research the company before you go into the interview so you can ask them a question about it, showing you have done your research and are very interested in the company.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

here’s a list of some common questions. i HATE the weakness question!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Nola:i think that will work as a weakness, as long as you emphasize that you work well under pressure and you have great organization/time management skills.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I find it easiest to come up with a list of stories or incidents that paint you in a great light and that can be changed to answer lots of different “Tell me a time when you…” “Demonstrate how you are….” “Describe …”

In general think of stuff that will

You took initiative

Ran into a problem (with a superior, co-worker, moral) and how you resolved it.

Demonstrate ”  ” skill (something that is unique to your field or that job description

Made a mistake and corrected it

That you though outside the box

Worked in a team/collaboratively.

This way you dont have to practive every question out there, but will have answers for lots of them!

 

List the top three qualities you want them to know you have and be sure to phrase your stories and answers using them. You will give them a clear and concise message about who you are as well as give yourself framework how to answer questions you did not prepare for.

 

good luck!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Nola:

yeah I wouldn’t say that.  The interviewer will be like “That’s a positive not a negative.”

I agree that is the ultimate WORST question.  You say something bad about yourself adn you lose you say something good, you lose!

Its just a lose lose question.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Nola: I think that’s ok, but I’d shorten it to:

I tend to go above and beyond the calling of my job and I live to take on extra projects.  Sometimes I end up overwhelmed because of how much I have on my plate and sometimes have trouble delegating or reaching to others for support.

 

I often also talk about my “stubbornness” and how once I start a project I am determined to finish it and that sometimes that results in some extra stress or work for me.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Gah I HATE the weaknesses question. Worst thing ever. Be careful not to say stuff like “I’m a perfectionist!” because they’ll see right through that. Fiance recommends saying things that won’t negatively affect that specific job – like “I’m not very good at public speaking” if it’s a job that won’t require that (ie doing accounting or something).

These are decent:

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

 

ETA: OMG everyone keeps posting the same thing I do but faster than me today – sorry to repeat kitzy’s link 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

About the weakness question – employers are looking for ways you are improving on your weakness. Make sure you emphasize on that!

Post # 14
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Honey bee

@Nola: leave out the overwhelmed part.

Say I like to take on projects and help out others even when I havent completed the first projects, however, it has taught me to manage my time efficiently and to be clear in my communications so nothing slips”

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Nola: If you can’t find any info. on the company, I would explain that and ask them questions about their company during the interview.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always want to say for the weakness question that My biggest weakness is interviewing.  It really is!

I haven’t tried that one though.  How do you think that’d go over?

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