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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Top three interview questions for interview: Must read it

1. Why do you want this job?
To answer this question, talk about the job — not about yourself. This is an opportunity to make it clear that you’ve read the job ad, thought about it and understand (or at least have an idea) what the job is about.
Interviewer: Why do you want this job?
You: It sounds like this position has a lot to do with keeping projects on track, and that’s something I love to do. I want to run bigger projects that involve more than one vendor, and my impression is that this role will let me do that. Am I on track with that idea?
End of Script
Whenever you can end your answer with another question, do it! That will help move the interview out of Q & A mode to become a real, live, human conversation.
2. What is your greatest strength?
This question is lame, but you can turn it into a story-telling opportunity like this:
Interviewer: What’s your greatest strength?
You: I think it’s my ability to see beyond the immediate facts of a situation to the larger picture — here’s an example. We had a crisis at my job last year. A competitor threatened to sue us over a trademark issue. We knew their complaint had no merit and that if we got sued we would win, but some of our company’s leaders wanted to back off on our marketing activities for that product in case things didn’t go our way.
I broke down the marketing plan to show which marketing activities were already committed and which could be put on hold — and then it was obvious that there was no benefit to slowing down, much less stopping, our marketing efforts for that product whether we ended up getting sued or not.
We didn’t get sued and that product is still going strong, but my analysis helped guide us through a sticky situation. The company’s executives really appreciated the insights we got from taking apart the marketing plan piece by piece. That was a huge learning experience for me!
3. What is your greatest weakness?
Interviewer: What’s your greatest weakness?
You: I used to stress and obsess about things I didn’t think I could do as well as I should have been able to. Eventually it hit me that I’ll never be good at everything in life — who is? The key for me is to focus on getting better at things I do well. There are so many things I have no business doing, like building Excel spreadsheets and writing code. I need to focus on what I’m good at and love to do, especially writing website copy and creating powerful messaging for customers.