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50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A August 19, 2006

Posted by bhuvans in Interview Q & A.

Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would
answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some
strategy suggestions with it.

(Excerpted from the book The Accelerated Job Search by Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D, published by The Management Advantage, Inc.)

1. Tell me about yourself:
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short
statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound
rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise.
Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to
the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest
back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major
problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers
or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep
smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an
opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking

3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for.
If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good
explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are
on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific
statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith
Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It
is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization
before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are
going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide
variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement.
Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus
on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is
a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the
research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely
important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term
career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This
can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not
relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought

11. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if
you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like,
That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position?
In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,
say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide

12. Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready.
Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather
than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag,
just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like
it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you
like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the
right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the
individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the
organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in

15. What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here.
Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the
type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a
benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type
of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying
negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to
highlight your best points as they relate to the position being
discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not
mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted
and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work
applied for is a real plus.

21. What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with
anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get
along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples:
Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability
to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your
professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude

23. Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you
are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another
job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with
this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something
like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
can’t wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?
See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization,
violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will
label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is
no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise,
Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of
your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former
boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and
develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did
not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an
example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want
another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are:
Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job?
Several ways are good measures:
You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a
success.Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if
you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get
the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems
later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself
future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style.
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive,
salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions
depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational
style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the
situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make
it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An
example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and
thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind
spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do
their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well
qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about,
bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working
quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of
humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All
bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute betweenothers.
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique
and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic.
Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to
get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show
acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are


1. smiggs - August 19, 2006

Might be a british but one of the questions I always get asked is my biggest weakness.

For me there are two approaches to this either something really obvious like lacking experience (I’m a recent graduate) or the biggest interview cliche saying that you can work to hard. But I’ve had both thrown back in my face in a couple of interviews so what’s the answer should I just be honest?

2. TR Bobby - August 19, 2006

Regarding the “What is your greatest weakness?” question,

ugh! That question is a sure indicator that the person interviewing you does not know what theya re doing. It’s a sure loser. Either the applicant is honest and stupid enough to market their truly worst flaws (and every applicant has some serious flaws, like arrogance or laziness or sex obsession… they ALL have something that they ned to control as part of the human experience)… Either they tell that or they lie. The most common and cliche inexeperienced lie they tell is the perfectionist flaw… what Lakuma said. This might work, I suppose, since your interviewer is probably an idiot, but it’s also a sure sign that you are not very experienced as doing much beyond reading simplistic career books.

It’s a cliche answer to say you are super hard working… and somehow you truly greatest flaw is also what makes you a good worker… that’s so blatantly dishonest that it shows serious judgemental defieciencies. Can you imagine the worker who really thinks the fact that they are super detail oriented or a perfectionist is their greatest weakness? it is so nakedly false, fake, and disrespectful that people who say this must just not be thinking their answer through at all! And again, it is very very tired and cliche.

No, a better answer is to name a legit flaw, but not one of your truly worst ones. Tell them you have a shy personality and it may take a little while for people to realize that you aren’t stuck up and really want to be friends (if this is true, if it is not tue it will be obvious).

Or say that you have a no experience (a pretty good answer if true because it isn’t really giving any information up) I’m not sure how this gets thrown back in your face, smiggs, if it’s true, then reality was being thrown in your face, no disrespect intended.

Tell them the truth and consider asking your interviewer what they mean to accomplish with that question. I want to know that the place I’m going to work takes its emplioyees seriously. That question indicates an unseriousness about interviewing. Almost like throwing artificial obstacles in the way of getting the right employee. Inviting dishonesty or stupid answers… it’s just not professional.

The interview may not define the company, but all else being equal, I would consider it a strike against considering a job offer.

3. Rocco Stanzione - August 19, 2006

One question I’ve often been asked, and which cost me the job (I’m pretty sure, in retrospect) the first time I was asked it is: where do you see yourself in (say) 5 years? The incorrect answer is that you want to open up a business just like this one, up the street over there.

4. Eric Matthew - August 19, 2006

Biggest Flaw:

For a while I refused to answer this question and told them why. Now I have to answer honestly and say something like, “Hmmm. I’d have to say that I get a little to upset with slow drivers. Most of them are old and have been around a long time and their driving ability does not define who they are as a person or their contribution to society.”

5. Jesus - August 19, 2006

“How soon will I be able to be productive?”


6. Frank - August 19, 2006

One I got asked often was “Do you prefer to work solo or in a team?” I think this can be pretty tricky depending on the type of job.

7. Eben de Lange - August 19, 2006

I agree with Eric, although, the idea is to try to make it relevant to the company as well. My answer to this is: ‘I tend to get annoyed when things are going inefficient”, and then IMMEDIATELY jump to the traffic situation. Most people will be able to identify with the stuck in traffic concept, and if you specify that you feel that you can do MORE in that time, then it is usually a sure-fire winner.

In addition, the idea behind the worst-flaw type question is to see what you are doing to improve it. With regards to the traffic question, I usually reply that I try to relax by listening to classical radio stations or whatever. This shows that I am aware of my flaw, and am working towards fixing it.

NEVER mention more than one flaw!

8. GoogleHateMe - August 19, 2006

Had 2 phone interviews with Google. Got rejected. Here’s the questions they asked me:

You have a cluster of web servers, each with several log files. Each line in each log file contains the time that it took to serve the request. You have 1 other machine to use to coordinate the work. How do you find the median response time efficiently?

The answer that the interviewer was looking for was this:
Have each server sort its own log files. Ask each server for its median response time. Combine the responses and come up with your best guess at the median for the cluster. Ask each server how many response times were less, and how many were more than your guess. Use their replies to refine your guess. Repeat.

You have a list of strings. How do you find the longest common prefix that occurs in at least 75% of the strings.

How do Vectors in Java work?

You have 2 unsorted arrays of integers. How can you efficiently determine their intersection?

9. smiggs - August 20, 2006

TR Bobby: yeah I’ve come to accept it as written that most people who do the interviewing don’t really know what they are doing. I think most of them know it as well and are just as nervous or in fact since I’ve become a bit blase about the whole process are more nervous than me. Most of them are determined to put you through the mill though so come up with the most cliche questions possible and then expect you to ask them seriously.

10. Chris Sherret - August 20, 2006

Regarding the “What is your greatest weakness?” question,

There is an answer to this…
The principle is: Don’t mention a weakness without knowing the solution. Everyone has weaknesses. To recognise this and have a solution is what makes the difference. Most people are lazy and not willing to go the extra mile to find an answer. Excuses don’t get the job done.
Technical Person: “I am a technical person and I realise that my people skills may not be as strong as other people. In order to overcome this I have been reading people skills books because I know I need to improve.”. You better be telling the truth though.

Only above average candidates will be able to answer honestly.
Even if interviewers don’t know why they are asking the question they will recognise a gem or a fraud.

The only reason to hide the weakness is if you don’t have a solution.
Better figure out the truth and do something about it.

11. sharpcraft - August 20, 2006

On #11, the salary question, I don’t think this is a loaded question. You should establish as early as possible the range you expect. You have to determine that you both are on the same page. If the company has a hard limit that’s $20k below your minimum then you are all wasting your time. Salary may be one of the few hard points dictated to the person hiring you, and negotiable only within the range they’ve had approved.
If you’re going into a stable company with low turnover, they may not hire enough people to know what to pay. http://www.salary.com is a good start.
Once you’ve established that they’ll put you in the tax bracket you want, then you can proceed with the rest of it and put off the exact amount until they’re getting ready to make an offer.

12. Mad Interviewer - August 20, 2006

I would commend you for most of your answers except for these two:

11. What kind of salary do you need?

I think you should state the salary you want… and then some. This puts you on a higher plane in the mind of the hiring company. No matter how good you really are, no company will respect you if you work for peanuts. People (and companies) value what they pay most for.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

Of course not!

13. Jason - August 20, 2006

8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus
on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is
a distraction.

There can be only one response to this question:

“Are you interviewing other people for this job?”

Duh. You are looking for the right job, not any job that comes along. They are looking fro the right employee. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Do not let an interviewer forget that.

14. John - August 20, 2006

Good list of questions! This would be a great tool for someone to use in preparing for interviews with a friend.

A few other tips from my experience have been to always be positive in interviews. Negative comments say that you are an individual who is critical of others, and no one wants to work with an asshole. This will automatically put you in the second round interview pools if the rest of the interview goes smoothly. Why make it in two interviews, if you can make it in one by avoiding this pitfall.

Avoid the negative at all costs!

Do not try and be funny. Save the sarcasm and facetiousness for your firends. You are being interviewed by a stranger who might have a completely different set of values from your own, ie not getting the joke. Just don’t.

“What is your greatest weakness?”

I have never been asked this question. But I know this one is a test to see how tactful an interviewee is. A good reply would be “I’m sure I have short commings, but no one has ever enlightened me to them nor have they ever interfered with my productivity or work.” Not exactly these words, but you should get the sentiment. Do not make your reply to this question an introspection. This is an interviewer, not your shrink! A good thing to remember is interviewers are not your friend, they are merely doing their job by finding applicants to fill a vacant position. I think women have more problems with this question, as sexist as this sounds.

“Do you have any questions?”

This has been asked in every interview I have ever had, even if I was not applying for a job. Its a question that allows the interviewee an opportunity to answer potential questions some one might have, but also illustrates interest in a job, ie you are there for more than a quick dollar.

Failing to ask questions is a mistake because it shows a lack of sincere interest on the interviewees part on a job position. Ask about the job…

Do not be condescending, shaming, judgemental, critical, avoidant, short, frank, angry, or exhibit any sort of anti-social behavior.

Above all, be inquisitive, be positive, be friendly, be courteous, and walk into this interview like you are going to your first meeting with your new boss… You’ll have the spot landed in no time.


15. mq - August 20, 2006

23. Tell me about your dream job.
The best is to stay genetic and say something
like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
can’t wait to get to work.

Could you mean “generic?”

16. itbiz - August 20, 2006

11. What kind of salary do you need?

Say, Industry Standard!. Never disclose your salary. Say, your current CTC is confidential (Infact, it is, if u read the previous company policy).

And honestly telling the present CTC will give the intervier, a ground to FIX your next salary …

17. Jacobo - August 20, 2006

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

I belive the only correct answer would be something like “I shall struggle to make them coincide”. Nobody is going to believe you if you start saying that any organization is more important for you than yourself, and saying the opposite might seem selfish to the interviewer.

Sorry for my bad english but it is not my mother tongue. I hope I have been able to get through to you.

18. Bill - August 20, 2006

on the biggest weakness question I alway go with “I find I tend to lack Patience with stupid people, after showing them something more than 3 times I tend to get frustrated and let it show a bit”
This won’t work in a Sales position but for most anything else it works well.

19. Drew - August 21, 2006

Interviews go both ways. My honest answer to question #9 recently was “I’m not sure whether I want to work here or not yet. The interview process isn’t just about whether you want me, but also about how interested I would be in working here.” Or something to that effect. Not only did it get a great reaction from the fellow who was interviewing me, but I think it helped segue into all of the questions I had to ask about the company.

And it worked. I am now quite happy in my new role at Essential Security Software.

20. The New Revelation - August 21, 2006

Biggest Weakness:

Here’s what I say… it’s a total deke… that I refuse to or that I simply don’t think of myself in terms of weakness. That it’s not how I define myself. That for me, I just see opportunities to better myself… that as a person, I view myself as a constant work in progress always looking to improve myself both personally and professionally,

Then if I feel like, i’ll make up some example of a daunting task I took on (managing a project with unfamiliar people) and used that as a catalyst to force myself to further develop my leadership qualities and organizational skills…

That’s all just “for example”, but I have a pretty good batting average with job interviews == you’re hired!

21. Raena - August 21, 2006

‘29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor… Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.’ — oh noes. I know if I were interviewing someone I would never believe it. Everyone has an argument with a supervisor sooner or later, for some reason, even if it’s just a friendly disagreement about the direction of a project or the right way to go about doing something. People ask this to find out about your internal dispute resolution skills, not just to see if you’re in the habit of fighting with the boss.

The way to turn this into a positive answer is to think of a situation where you could talk about it reasonably and reach a nice compromise (or at least peace).

22. figz - August 21, 2006

I was once asked: “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?” What’s the right answer?

23. Ashley - August 22, 2006

A question I always ask is: What was your biggest mistake at work and what did you do about it?

I have passed over people for having no answer to it; or for the slightest whiff of lie or omission on many of the questions you advise people to answer with a lie or to weasel out of. Not everyone in the private sector belongs in a Dilbert strip. Playing that game might get you hired but it will never make you–or anyone who works with you–happy.

24. I have hired more people than you - August 22, 2006

What is your biggest weakness. A good manager will ask this to understand if you recognize things you need to improve (or do you think you’re perfect - a flaw in and of itself) AND more importantly what are the things that s/he can help you with from a career development standpoint.

25. Anonymous - August 23, 2006

>21. What irritates you about co-workers?
> This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with
> anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to
> get along with folks is great.

If I heard this answer from a candidate I would not hire them. It indicates to me that the candidate has no depth, judgment or ability to hire the kind of people they need on their team, or to reject inappropriate team members or employees. Some people *do* fail to follow appropriate cultural or company procedures, are vindictive, abusive, dangerous, or otherwise unsuitable for any legitimate organization.

26. Kris - August 23, 2006

#11 - The salary question

I’m in HR and do a lot of interviews and I think that the best answer is:

“I would expect to be paid competitively and commensurate with the level of skill, experience and responsibility that this particular job requires.”

27. groom - August 23, 2006

After being rejected for one of the biggest job opportunities I had, the head of the review board called me and asked if I wanted to come in and discuss why I wasn’t hired (which was VERY cool of him to do!). He went over all the questions, my replies and how it effected their decision.

The biggest common flaw I had was that I wasn’t “upbeat” enough. I’d been out of college for over a year with no luck in my intended field. Most of my responces were centered around the fact that I have been down on my luck. I beat all the competing applicants hands down in my technical ability, but my personality came off as basically a loser.

Just remember to keep a 100% positive attitude during the entire interivew. Act excited to be there, about the job opportunity, about your skills, everything.

28. spoonyfork - August 23, 2006

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of
your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former
boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and
develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

WARNING: This is bad advice. The question is designed to demonstrate the interviewee’s skills in resolving a conflict. Claiming to never had a problem is an interview ender. There are always personality and judgment conflicts that can appear to be problems. You want people on your team to disagree with you if they have a good reason to disagree. How everyone works through disagreements and problems to work together reaching a common goal is key.

29. Dan O - August 24, 2006

Another opinion from the hiring side:

I often ask about greatest strength and greatest weakness that the person has FOR THIS POSITION in an interview. And I preface my question about greatest weaknesses by noting that everbody has area that stand out in both directions, and *no* working too hard is not the kind of “weakness” that I am talking about. Nor will I accept a statement about their experience.

Often I get resistance on this question, but I press the issue. Everyone knows a significant weakness, they are just reluctant to bring it to light. But pressing this issue, I find that I can drive the interview to areas that really may affect their performance on this job.

If you wanted to game this line of questioning, you could identify a list of minor flaws. But generally I can tell you are just dodging rather than sincerely addressing the question.

I think the better answer was listed above. List real issues you have, but then explain your mitigation stratgy in a very positive way. The disdavantage of this approach is that you have alerted me to an issues that I will pay close attention to, when calling your references (which is my goal). But on the plus side, if I do sense this weakness in info that I find, I am already predisposed to accept your mitigation strategy.

In general I agree, that an overwhelming positive attitude is huge (even though I try to discount the fact that people are often intentionlly doing that in an interview)

Best of Luck.

30. Robin - August 24, 2006

Really good tips for job hunters

31. Still looking - August 24, 2006

My two worst interview questions:

#1: Name a hero.

I got caught flatfooted on this one. Name a hero? Like, Captain America? Silly. So silly. I groped a bit and coughed up “Jon Stewart.” Pretty good, I thought. But the interviewer had never heard of him. Had never heard of the Daily Show. (!!) I had to spend the time explaining the Daily Show, explaining Jon Stewart, explaining the concept of “humor”… in all, eating up valuable interview minutes when they were limited and therefore precious. Booooo on that question. From now on I’m just sticking with Captain America.

#2: Describe yourself in one word.

Again, got caught flatfooted. How the hell do you describe yourself in one word. What one word is sufficient? I mean, my first name, sure. But besides that? Handsome. Beneficent. Well-hung, if hyphenated words count. But none of those are appropriate. I came up with “Authentic,” which is a nice way to say that “I haven’t told a lie this entire interview” and is therefore a great way to say nothing at all worthwhile. What a waste of a question.

I’ve been waiting to complain about that one for months. Thanks for listening.

32. Kib - August 24, 2006

“Do you have any questions for me?”

I always ask the interviewer “What brought you to company X and what keeps you motivated to stay part of the team instead of working for one of your competitors?”

This has always elicited positive responses from the interviewer about their history with the company (and people generally like to talk about themselves) and it is always perceived by the interviewer that I am loyal and looking for a long term relationship with my employer. The interviewer usually seems to open up to me more after this question. The key is sincerity in the question.

33. BooTCaT - August 24, 2006

Thanks Bhuvans , this is one great post and i am at a mistake , if i dont write a comment .

I have a few tips , which i think would rather help readers more ,

1. CONFIDENCE , is the Mother of all kinda thingy , you initially need in attending interviews . So i would say that , it is the most essential thingy needed , before , u attend the interview .

2. NEGATIVE CONFIDENCE , is the one , which i want ALL Freshers , to hold onto . This may seem negative , but it is the most POSITIVE THINGY from my side . Consider , the JOB is ” NOT FOR YOU “.

Consider , that something ( POLITICS may be ) has been commited , and u know that the job aint for u . Use this to build a confidence , that u have a BETTER JOB Waiting for u , and sincerly and completely believing it .

Then , the actual part comes , with facing the interview , with this confidence and see how it helps you out .

But one point is that , no “NEGATIVE feedbacks , or shouts or attitudes ” , should be accompanied with this method . Just the confidence , and a positive aurora , around this , and the JOB is 4 SURE .

Thank You all , and esp. Bhuvana , thats a nice post .
My Personal BLog is at , http://catshideout.blogspot.com/

34. Harvey - August 24, 2006

11. What kind of salary do you need?

Just say it depends on what (or even better, who, as in expertise) the position requires. If they press for a number say “depending on what I know so far of the reqs., up to $X” and know X before you go in. Make X more than you want but not by too much (5-10k perhaps because you may just get it and most people underestimate their worth). Don’t give a bottom number or that’s what they’ll give you.

Your starting salary is the most important part of your new job hunt since all of your raises will be based on this number. Unless you have a really good reason, never take less than your last salary and try to always improve your salary by more than the standard 3-5% raise.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

If you need a way to show how unfair this question is, ask them if the company is willing to put your interests above its own . If they need an example, ask them if they’ve ever had a layoff. The only time this question is valid is if the job truly requires a career-only, no-family employee and pays/rewards accordingly. So your answer should be NO and try to remember that when you’re working there.

35. Angela - August 24, 2006

I love #37:

Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

This is such a Dilbert question. If I actually got asked this in an interview I’d know the job was probably not for me.

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37. Shaun Richardson - August 25, 2006

Speaking as an employer:
*be sincere and honest - it’s really obvious if you’re not
*answer the questions to the best of your ability, but bear in mind that the interviewer has a whole lot of them, so don’t launch into a five minute epic on your high school grades
*give examples - many interviewers are taught situational techniques to elicit a response from you that gives a concrete example of how you behaved in the past to give them an idea of how you might act in the future. If that is the type of answer the interviewer is fishing for, then you’ll help your cause a lot by talking about what you have done, not making stuff up about how you plan to behave after they hire you
*don’t be late - interviewers are confronted with a large number of equally talented people. If you got to the interview, your resume shows you have the skills. The interviewer will then be looking to reduce the number of people they have to consider to find the best candidate.
*ask your interviewer questions - tips 32 and 39 are great - asking questions shows that you are interested.

38. Cynthia - August 25, 2006

Greatest Weakness - I was always told to respond with a weakness that can be used as an advantage by your supervisor. So I used a real weakness - I get bored easily - and expanded on it by saying I like to keep learning. If you’re working in IT (as I do) its a good weakness to have. Employers usually want people who keep learning. So always think if it in those terms as well.

39. Anon - August 25, 2006

What is your greatest weakness?

My inability to show my true potential in job interview like this one.

40. Sean - August 25, 2006

Figz: Jaguar. Just sounds cool.

Extending 28 + 29: Treat any question about a negative (weakness, thing you didn’t like about your old job, problem with a supervisor) as an opportunity to be honest — because interviewers know when you are not — and to demonstrate your drive to improve and/or problem solve. Pattern: [describe weakness, problem, dislike], so I [describe action taken to cure the weakness, solve the problem, address the dislike]

Number one question to ask at the end of an interview, whether prompted or not: Do you have any concerns that would prevent you from recommending/selecting me for this job?

It’s brutally hard to get in the habit of asking, but it always pays off. It gives you an opportunity to directly address any concerns that the interviewer has. One concrete example. I did my own thing for a few years. When I went to interview at an enormous company, there was some concern that I would be a cowboy who wouldn’t work in a formal structure. I was able to refer the interviewers (a pair) to earlier experience working at a large law firm where there was a lot of structure, oversight, organizational hierarchy. Totally took the issue off the table.

Beyond that, I think “What do you like about working at the company?” is a great one. If the interviewer has stuck you with a lot of negative-type questions, turn it back on him, “What would you change about the company if you could?”

Another good one, especially if you are interviewing with someone who has or likely had your position: “What positions did you have before this one?” Since most people don’t work in lockstep through an organization, this can remind the interviewer that good candidates don’t necessarily have all the exact specs on the job description.

41. K - August 26, 2006

When you are asked about salaries,I suggest that you ask what he or she would say in your position. That always works for me.

42. maria - August 26, 2006

great great post …..

43. Marco - August 27, 2006

This article is great, and comments are even better. I totally stumbled into my current job after not really looking around much.

My position now includes hiring and I want to add a few points for consideration that I think have significance in this discussion.

1. What kind of work environment are you looking for? Try to be aware of when some of the questions asked speak negatively of the atmosphere of the company.

2. There has been debate about “correct” responses to questions. This is also colored by the type of company you’re interviewing with. If they are big, corporate, structured, the suggestions in the original article seem valid. If they are smaller, more open-minded, looking for creativity and innovation, you can be more free and honest with your answers. The interviewer should take you at face value and be impressed with your confidence and honesty.

3. Remember that you are interviewing with a person, not the company. That person’s personal style may or may not reflect the company at large. It pays to try to get a read on the interviewer and tailor your responses accordingly.

44. David Grant, Vancouver, BC - August 27, 2006

50 Most Common Interview Questions

Here is a massive list of the 50 most common inverview questions. I have been doing a lot of interviews at work lately and I think these would have been really helpful. It will also be helpful for when I eventually have to look for another job.

45. Lee - August 27, 2006

This article has been most helpful for me in preparing for my interview. I’m hoping that it will get me the job, if nothing else, I will be prepared when the questions are asked.

46. fatima - August 27, 2006

yes itis the most helpful thing for any interview. thank you

47. cindy - August 28, 2006

I can’t belive I “Stumbled” on this list the day before I have an interview. I’ve been out of work for several months now and this list will help me prepare for tomorrow. thank you so much

48. R.John - August 28, 2006

how do you answer the question ” why were you terminated from your last job ? “

49. Being Prepared for Interviews - Quickie Sheets - August 28, 2006

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51. M. Richardson - August 28, 2006

I actually interviewed for a job today (3rd time around) with the V.P. Some of the above questions came up, the one that sticks out the most is the “What areas of improvement would your current supervisor say you need to work on?” I played it “safe” and thought about it for a few moments then claimed amnesia: “Nothing in particular was emphasized or otherwise brought to my attention during my last performance review.”

This, of course, is a lie. Everyone has an area where they can improve, either a little or a lot. I didn’t feel comfortable stating, “Well, I’m trying hard to not be as big of an asshole as I used to be,” but I also didn’t like playing amnesia. However, the answers, for the super-majority of the interview, were very neutral and helpful.

I tend to agree with some of the comments here regarding never having a conflict with a supervisor, or the ones about what irritates you about coworkers. When it comes to a supervisor, I would mention a conflict I once had about how to best approach a client issue. We disagreed on what was the best solution but we collaborated, listened to each other’s input and in the end we agreed to try both approaches. We agreed we’d try mine first and then we’d try his if that failed. In the end, it was obvious that both solutions would have worked out so I learned how to work out a difference without being confrontational.

About co-workers, things that irritate me: When they’re stealing from the company (lie about timesheets, services, stealing items), racial/sexual harassment/discrimination remarks or anything else that is against the law. I’ve used this before and I was given high points for such.

Not every answer fits every interview nor does every interviewer want to hear the same thing. However, the 50 questions in this blog entry do reflect the safest approach in MOST situations, not EVERY situation. So, yes, while John Q. Interviewer wants you to be neutral about certain items, the guy from Google might want you to tell him all about something in great detail.

52. John Gould - August 29, 2006

How about this question, “Tell me about a time when you were asked to compromise your integrity in behalf of the corporate objectives.”
The CEO to the CFO, “The future success of this company depends upon YOU finding an accounting miracle.”

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55. summu - August 29, 2006

Well I was asked in one interview

‘Give me 3 reasons why we shudnt hire you’

56. summu - August 29, 2006

And I got that job :D

57. softweyr - August 29, 2006

“What is your biggest flaw as an employee?”

I ask that at interviews every time, and I don’t particularly care what the answer is, because the interviewee will either be too startled to answer effectively, or is going to lie to me. What I’m looking for is what the person does in response to the question. Yes, I can tell if you’re giving me a well-planned response, because you won’t be startled by the question and will answer too soon, and too assuredly. I can also tell if you’re going to lie to me, just by watching your eyes.

What I can’t tell is if you actually become introspective, think about something important, and then lie to me. So if you’re going to lie in response to this question, that’s what you need to do. Think about some pleasant experience for a few moments, then give your canned response, slowly, as if recalling the experience.

Any time I have a candidate who answers all of my questions without pausing to think or recall, I begin to wonder how much he has been interviewing and why nobody else has hired him.

58. m4nd4li4 - August 30, 2006

Great! This is absolutely wonderful. Looking for another position at the moment and I have a face-to-face interview at Sophos, UK. Has anyone in the UK being to a interview at Sophos or works at Sophos? I’d love to read what they have to say about their interview with them.

59. Alex Givant - August 31, 2006

Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: Answering to question about my greatest weakness! :-)

60. EV - September 1, 2006

Got called back for my “second” interview next week for a job. I’m assuming that’s a good thing, but is it OK to ask the interviewer (will be same person as “first” round) how many other “final” candidates I’m up against? Is that appropriate? Is it OK to ask the person where I stand in the rankings, and how I can improve my chances? Or does that seem too desperate, even for a finalist?

61. Rose - September 1, 2006

What do you recommend saying if an interviewer asks a question about your field that you do not know the answer to?

62. Grateful One - September 2, 2006

I have my job interview tomorrow and I must say that I was a little worried and nervous at first but this site has really helped me. I feel much more confident now. Thanks!

63. Jeroen - September 2, 2006


Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.


If you say yes, ‘they’ will immediately recognise that you are trying to trick them with your answers, and you’ll instantly loose credibility you built up with previous answers…

You are applying for the job for your own interest… not theirs. It’s not like you are applying for your favourite pass-time.

Arguably you are forced to put their interest above your own all the time, when your total hours amount to twice what you are being payed for.

You work to live… not the other way around. Be honest about that and explain that you have no problem of putting in the extra effort when the need arises. Explain as well, that if it becomes a habbit, you’d like it to be reflected in your sallary.

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66. riversaredamp - September 3, 2006

Great post!

67. M. Richardson - September 4, 2006

In resposne to #61:

“What do you recommend saying if an interviewer asks a question about your field that you do not know the answer to?”

Be honest. Don’t lie. Don’t try to make things up. You can approach this two ways:

#1 - “That’s an area where I do not have experience.”

#2 - “I have not professionally trained in that area, but I have been trained/have extensive experience in area ‘x’ which is very similar.”

I used to B.S. when asked this if I had no experience, and I know I was transparent. Now I’m brutally honest with #1 being my preferred answer. Just look them straight in the eye and say, “I do not have experience in that area, but I am very motivated and a quick learner.” Give ‘em the let down first with the BUT I AM WILLING TO LEARN part second so they remember that.

68. shuchetana - September 5, 2006

that’s funny… i seem to remember commenting on this post, but i cant see my comment.
and, i wrote a post on my blog (lifepbs.wordpress.com) about some differing opinions i had about some of these answers… but i can’t see my trackback anywhere…
ugh, i wonder when i’ll stop being a “new” blogger!

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70. Mike - September 8, 2006

People who say they have no weaknesses have no real sense of themselves. I ask this question, and as long as they pick an answer and have addressed it (I will ask how they overcome it if they do not tell me), I will move on. I have had at least a dozen people tell me they had no weaknesses. (Thanks. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.) I have had a few tell me about serious flaws (rather than weaknesses), and several had not addressed their weaknesses in any way. These are weak candidates.

One trackback said the question is a sign of a weak interviewer, but I disagree. Not every question is looking for a philosophical answer or performance. I ask some questions because I know that some people who are not prepared or who have serious personality flaws will eliminate themselves. (Every workplace killer came in the door and applied for a job.)

I also use silence in interviews. Some people cannot stand silence. They will get nervous and add to canned answers, and the follow up words will give a better insight into their true personalities. One interviewee, after a silence, told me that sometimes you have to “tell callers how it is” - a sign that he would be brusque with people when he ran out of patience. The position was for an emergency dispatcher who would have been dealing with distraught people - people who need someone who has infinite patience. He went to work for someone else as a 9-1-1 operator and was fired this year for inappropriate behavior.

I am a retired highway patrol commander and have asked a lot of questions to people trying to hide the truth and their true intent. In HR I am not looking to interrogate a criminal (at least not on purpose), but the interview questions listed here all have their purpose and they can all in their way contribute to finding the best employees if used skillfully.

71. afrofeminista - September 11, 2006

Interesting list! Just what i need for my interview later today. . .

72. sarah D - September 11, 2006

Great site for interview tips - thankyou!

Could i ask if anyone has had been for an assessment day with HSBC? Any advice on what happens on the assesment days please?

73. sarah D - September 11, 2006

Hi, On the HSBC online application form, could some one give me some example answers for the personal quality section please?


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75. Erich - September 13, 2006

What is your major weakness?

Try this…
I like to keep busy and productive at work. I always feel really bad during slow times because I feel that I am not contributing. So, when those times do come up, and that does happen on occasion, I have learned to ask other collegues if they need assistance or to ask my supervisor if there is anything that they would like me to help them with.

This shows initiative and teamwork, something all employers want. :)

76. kothu - September 13, 2006

Oh this is a good post.Thank alot.

77. Neal - September 13, 2006

Hi there, I need help

I applied for a certain job and they have sent me an email with these questions to support my application:

1. Give an example when you have worked in a team
2. What do you like and dislike about team working?
3. Give an example of when you have had to follow technical procedures or technical instructions

I’d appreciate any answers!
thank You

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79. Anonymous - September 14, 2006

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81. dokta - September 14, 2006

thank you

82. shuchetana - September 14, 2006

Wow, this is a really great post: almost a month later, people are still reading it and leaving comments.
I just wrote a related post and posted it at my site (lifepbs.wordpress.com) a few minutes ago. It’s about dealing with the first few days at a new job.
I hope some day I’ll be able to write a post which will continue to have people commenting on it one month later :)

83. eugene - September 15, 2006

If you were asked something and you doesn’t understand the question and is happened for a second time, especially in a technical interview, you can answer:
Please be more specific!

you will have some extra time and information

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85. Banker Site - September 20, 2006

good job

Think you are on track with this post

86. nattie - September 21, 2006

Hi everyone — I’m going on an interview and my boss of course does not have a clue about this…but always at interviews and their forms they ask the question — can we contact ur previous employer…the first answer is of course (bc I dont have anything to hide and I know hes quite fond of me) but in the same respect if I dont get the job then my current supervisor will know and it wouldnt be a good situation.
How would you handle this? Any help is appreciated.

87. Rochelle - September 21, 2006

I would respond to this question saying that, of course they can contact your current employer once you have an agreement with them. Most employers understand that if a current employer is contacted before the employee has an opportunity to speak with them first that this may cause problems and possible termination.

88. john - September 21, 2006

just tell your boss to go to zacks house

89. john - September 21, 2006

or just tell him you dont want his job but you might have to take it anyway if you cant get this one

90. nattie - September 21, 2006

thanks rochelle!!!!

91. john sebastian - September 24, 2006

re: #11 - The salary question (see HR person’s comment posted below my comment)
This is a loaded question, some people will work for less based on a number of factors. It depends on the economy (unemployment rates, etc.) and also the industry you are in (for instance pharmaceutical companies tend to pay more than many other industries, given similiar job function and experience).
If you have the exact qualifications that a company is looking for and the hiring manager likes your personality - in many instances a company will make exceptions and pay a LOT more than they were originally willing to offer for the position. Don’t believe what a HR manager says (they are hired to find the best fit for a position for the LEAST amount they can get away with - I don’t care if they claim “they just want you to be happy”, it’s a load of crock- and the HR Director get’s paid based on their ability to save a company.
re: #11 - The salary question
you wrote: “I’m in HR and do a lot of interviews and I think that the best answer is:
I would expect to be paid competitively and commensurate with the level of skill, experience and responsibility that this particular job requires.”

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96. Kashif Javed - September 28, 2006

Tips for all (During the Interview..)
When you some one take your interview than during the interview, No take tension and don’t think that we are not eligable for this post. Sitting be cool and give answer with ful of confidence.

97. nicole - September 28, 2006

the question that i am always asked on intervies is “What is one that that you can use to describe yourself” I dread that question because I can never think of a word. any suggestions?

98. Justin Dowling - September 28, 2006

Be careful, I think a lot of the people writing these comments don’t know squat about interviews - some of them seem to be making up witty come-backs. For example, don’t ignore weaknesses - not being able to analyse your weaknesses is a weakness - remember, they are particular to you, your weak spot may be better than anyone elses good point - but you need to demonstrate being self critical.

The main post was very good though, so thanks for that.

99. minhaj uddin - September 29, 2006

plz send me interview question for call center along with answer i will change my name

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101. john - October 2, 2006

In response to no. 77…

Neal, I’d be happy to provide some answers for you. But first, can you please tell me a little about youself?
First, Can you give an example when you have worked in a team?
Second, What do you like and dislike about team working?
Last, Give an example of when you have had to follow technical procedures or technical instructions

102. dsp - October 2, 2006

please give me a list of strength and weakness that have aked in interview and how to over come weakness ??? also tell me

103. shilpa - October 3, 2006

hi thanks for urs comments and help .these is helping a lot of people .i have never faced any interview .know days i am planning to apply for job .so i am searching in the net so i got here.can u people send sample answers u have answered in the interview because these can help the who r attending there first interview .

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105. Mikey - October 4, 2006

Thanks for the list. I have an interview later today. This sure comes in handy!

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107. Lil - October 6, 2006

I have an interview tomorrow and this has really helped.

Thank you

108. sandeep - October 10, 2006

I found the Q&A list as well as the discussion quite informative and interesting. Thanks!!

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sending yuo a great information.

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113. satiesh - October 20, 2006

great post!

114. Derrick - October 20, 2006

This is a great preparation sheet for game planning an interview offensively & defensively.

Good work! I’m expecting a few TDs w this.

115. Smoothies - October 23, 2006

Great Post..!
i struggled with the “what is your weakness” question before.. this post just gave me an idea how to answer if someone ask me this question again.

116. PohEe.com - October 29, 2006

Excellent Post. I am going to try it soon. hopefully, will success:)

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While browsing the web, I came across 50 interview questions; some of them are guaranteed to show up in just about every interview you’ll ever have. I know - I’ve gotten the “why did you leave your last job”…

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119. busnikenz - November 2, 2006

I really appreciate the answers that were given on this site because sometime employers like to put you on the spot I know that they are just doing there jobs but it can be nerve racking at times if you are not prepared.

120. Henry Stevens - November 2, 2006

I struggle with the what’s your leadership style or what kind of leader are you?

I answer, that I’m honest and fair with my employees. accessible and approachable with an open door policy and I don’t hesitate to jump in and get my hands dirty when necessary (I’m a multi-unit retail manager). I lead by example in other words. I’m wondering if that answer seems cliche?

I currently employed, but testing the waters.

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If you have been terminated from your previous job, how do you relate that to a prospective employer?


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126. arnel - November 16, 2006

this site has helped me a lot with my interviews.. but ive been interviewed 5 times in 5 diferrent companies now, but im unemployed still.. anyway, ive got an interview tomorrow afternoon, and im hoping that i would be hired. i will do my best, and with these tips on hand, i’d be more confident. thank you so much.

PS: my problem would be the “do you have any questions?” part, coz i cant think of one… huhu

pls pray for me that id find a job ASAP! thank u!

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129. S.Pradeep Kumar (Bangalore) - November 24, 2006

Iam an MCA graduate (Fresher)
So for i know to answer the technical questions
I can clear the aptitudes
but i felt it is very difficult for me to face the HR round
and now iam feeling like i can answer for any type of question
through this i learnt a thing ‘ Facing HR round is really an art ‘
Thank you for this

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131. Stacy - November 27, 2006


The only thing I can think to mention is to always remember that there will be other people interviewing for the same position that you are…..You don’t want to blow it by being a smart ass. It will get you nowhere fast!!!!!

132. ash - November 28, 2006

Weakness: How about telling your interviewer that sometimes you let your co-workers take advantage of you. For example, if someone gives you something to do, which they were supposed to do and you do it happily.
I havent tried it but would like to hear your comments on this.

During the interview, keep this mindset, “You know you are best person for this job. You are fully confident about yourself and your abilities. All you got to do is convey this message to your interviewer”
As soon as you adopt this mindset, natural, positive and great answers will follow automatically.

Good luck.

133. ashish chandra - November 29, 2006

list the factors you think are important to present you as a professional at the time of interview

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135. Margaret - December 4, 2006

Why did you leave you last company when you made good money? Also ties into are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
I am a over a Hunderd thousand number during my last position and left for health reason. My delima is do I tell the true about my health or some story about how I made to much money. What is the best why to handle this question without lose the opportunity because no one what to hire someone that has been sick?

136. Margaret - December 4, 2006

Why did you leave you last company when you made good money? Also ties into are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
I made over a Hunderd thousand in 2002 now wanting to return in 2004. During my position and left for health reason. My delima is do I tell the true about my health or some other story. What is the best why to handle this question without loosing the opportunity because noone what to hire someone that has been sick?

137. mahaveer.B - December 6, 2006

I was asked what do u mean by multi-disciplined environment,when i was attending an intrview

I was not able to answer…

138. 4 - December 8, 2006

Pipka 4

My 4

139. amit - December 9, 2006

where do yo u see urself in next 5 yers , 10 years

140. amit - December 9, 2006

pls answer my question no. 139

141. anand - December 13, 2006


142. average guy - December 19, 2006

I once got asked “What sort of person are you”. I thought what a pathetic question so I told them “I was a good bloke”. Needless to say I didn’t get the job but I did get satisfaction in knowing that I thrown the interview on purpose. I just couldn’t work for someone who considered a question like that to be anything other than insulting.

143. Liz Waldner - December 21, 2006

I was told to bring something I was proud of and then explain why.

I brought a newspaper that i did the graphics for and then gave the ’show and tell’

got the job :)

Good list of questions and points. Thanks I enjoyed.

144. vincy - December 26, 2006

Iam attending interview in big company tomorrow can u please help me on what type of questions they will ask.

145. Brian - December 27, 2006

Hi there! I’m wondering how to handle this question if it comes up in my interview.

I see that you did not include a reference from your previous employer, may we contact him?

I’m not sure how to address this because even though technically I left work to go back to school, the real reason I left though is because my boss was conducting himself in an unprofessional manner towards the women in our workplace and I called him on it, since then we have not been able to get along and I don’t trust him now to give me any sort of good reference.

How do I answer this?

146. Trevor - January 2, 2007

To 101: Now that’s just funny.

To everyone who’s posting specific questions and hoping for answers: Consider that the HR process is designed to hire YOU. If you get hired based off of someone else’s answers because you do not have the eloquence or originality, that may come back and bite you in the butt when your personality and answers don’t match. I don’t know about hiring processes internationally (or even in any state in the USA besides Florida), but employers here usually hire you on a 90-day “trial” basis where you can be dismissed for any reason during the trial period. Be careful lest you find yourself washed out of the company because your clever answers found on the internet do not match your actual work philosophy.

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148. Sara - January 8, 2007

Has anyone been for a graduate interview at Northern Rock? If so, could you tell me what sort of questions get asked and if there are any tests to do?

Thank you!

149. Chris (U.K) - January 10, 2007

Thanks everyone, V useful.

I think that if you are HONEST, do your Homework about yourself and the company then all may well go well, BUT remember just because you didn’t get the job it doesn’t mean YOU are unwanted or less than you were before the job interview, just a little wiser perhaps IF…you learn from you mistakes; i.e. review the job interview experience

best wishes

150. Kiarra - January 10, 2007

I got a question for an interview asking about my salary expecation and then why I think it is my worth. The interview is in 3 days I am making a power point presentation and that is the question I am struggling with . Any pointers?

151. Ruby Chico - January 11, 2007

what is the best way to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”..please I need an answer now…. next week will be my job interview. thanks.

152. deepak - January 13, 2007

great posts…

plz send me more abt que n answers for the same

153. Lamina Ramon - January 15, 2007

I really enjoyed myself and able to digest more from your web but i still need more.Therefore, i would not mind if more of this can still be sent to my mailbhox.Thbanks

154. Lamina Ramon - January 15, 2007

I am from Nigeria boirn in a jcity of Lagos. I am a fresh graduate of Economics with 2nd class Lower Division and presently rounding up my service this month,so i need more experience on how questions are being answered.

155. G - January 15, 2007

great article - thx for the help

one i had was “tell me a time when you were proactive, what was the plan, and how did you go about implementing/getting approval?”.

in the same interview, they also asked, “describe a time when you had to ask for help from a co-worker”.

156. sara - January 16, 2007

Hi G,

Where was your interview for, if you dont mind me asking?

what were your replies to those questions that you were given?


157. Amar Raj - January 17, 2007

what would you do if you find a better company than us?….
how ca i answer this……

158. Brandan - January 17, 2007

Hello everyone great site, i have question…what is the BEST Animal to say when asked….If you were or could be an animal which would you be and why?

Quick reply needed as ive got the interview tomorrow

Thank peeps

159. raoul_duke - January 18, 2007

back to the weakness thing:

an answer i used was :

“i can sometimes get frustrated if i am working hard and others around me do not seem to be”

160. anetha.s - January 18, 2007

what are your expectations from an employer?

How do you feel about upgrading/ learning new skills (for eight weeks)?

161. James Jessee - January 20, 2007

Here’s a question I havent heard in years.
(Q)What kind of animal would you be and why?
(A) I answer this one with “a Rino” A Rino is the baddest creature in the jungle always charging, nothing stops him from geting what he wants. Did you know a rino is the Fireman of the jungle? He will stomp out every fire he see’s?

162. Nagasha Jackie - January 21, 2007

Good evening I am sending you this interview guideline to help you in your jod search.

Wish you success

163. Dj - January 23, 2007

Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
can anyone send me best answer

164. Cruise - January 26, 2007

People have to understand that interviewers have heard pretty much every possible answer to their questions. Your best bet is to be honest, because honest answers always come out sounding better than the answers they want to hear. Another key thing is that you have to be up beat in an interview, be excited that you there and always keep a positive attitude. Don’t answer every question right of the bat because even if you’re not lying, it will come out sounding fake. Body language also depicts a lot in an interview. If you answer a question and use your hands, a slight shift of your body and tone of voice as if you’re answering with passion, the interviewer will concentrate less on your answer but rather more on your form and tone of response. You will come off that you are truly excited to be there and that you want to engage the interviewer in your answer so they could feel what you are feeling. Key is not to sound like everyone else, be distinct: be honest.

For all recruiters out there, keep in mind that the most effective interviews are the ones where the interviewer try’s to build a rapport with the interviewee and asks basic life questions as opposed to the standard questions because they know they are not prepared for that type of interview so they like to see how you react and answer the questions. It’s a good way to lead into an interview and then ask some of the more formal questions.

And remember 8 out of 10 interviews result with the interviewer asking you if you have any questions for them, and you better, and they better be good ones because that will make the interviewer think (you are interviewing them) about how to answer the question(s) thus it will reflect positively on you. Always go out of your way to look presentable even when not required and prepare a couple of days in advance, you will be surprised what a difference it will make.

One last thing, the question that will almost always arise in an interview is “Why do you want to work at (company)?” Make sure you give a good answer because that question is the pivotal question of why you are there in the first place and it is usually asked at the beginning of the interview so if you blow that one, the rest of the answers to the coming questions won’t really matter.

165. dharmendra - January 27, 2007

my self dharmenmdra shukla i have complited my b. tech mechanical engg. past time i m givin an interview in a company
he tellinng me tell me about your strenth
but i m not give hopefull answer.he also asking me about analysis power
he ask me voice analysis but i m not understaand plz

teling me abot strenth ex. and abot self

thanking you

166. Mike Perras - January 29, 2007

“Can You Describe Your Weaknesses? “ This is not designed to be a personal question at all. They are simply looking to see how well you’ll express yourself, as most people tend to look inside & it throws them off completely. Simple answer: “Well I used to have a problem saying NO to people, today I prioritize my day completely and in so doing I let my time management skills decide what I can truly say Yes & No to” .. now you have an answer that is in fact very personal & yet perfectly job related & in your answer you identified another attribute you have, Time Management Skills .. or at least you understand the term well enough to explain it. If you answer sounds sincere and genuine, you’ll score 10 out of 10 in any interview.

I hired and mentored people for 30 years & today teach college students young and old what to expect in the Job Search process (cover letters, resumes etc). Your qualifications & experience get you the interview & that’s all! Your interview skills will land you the job every time. HR is far more about EQ in 2007 than IQ … lots of high IQ’s out there that can’t express themselves at all .. totally internalized & deadly in an interview .. more EQ wins the day !! Best Wishes To All

167. Mike Perras - January 29, 2007

As far as being REAL in an interview goes. I have talked to a great many employers & believe me, they are tired of the template cover letter approach. Stir it up, be real .. it’ll be your edge. Take that Real person & that edge to an interview .. they may only see you for 20 minutes .. gotta make an impression that lasts. Tell them what motivated in your career path, that’s a thinking person talking, not another template … it’s all about communicating these days & not looking or sounding like everyone else … be yourself .. not who you think they want to see, when they see the genuine deal .. it scores very well too.

168. Adam Jones - January 29, 2007

I never thought that so easy questions can have so many traps. I’m little bit confused now. I need to preapre now before next interview with employer.

169. ALEX KIFANA - January 30, 2007

give me the answer to this q:what is your weaknesses

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172. paulina - February 3, 2007

what is the best way to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”…

what is the best answer to the question why do I want to leave my current employer?

please I need an answer now…. next week will be my job interview. thanks

173. Michael - February 4, 2007

Could you please tell me how to answer this question? what if you don’t agree your supervisor?
I said I will discuss it with him untill we get agreement. and the interviewer said what if you still couldn’t get agreement? I said”then, I just follow because he is supervisor”

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Nice blog! Great design and cool topics.

175. Anne - February 5, 2007

Why is “EQ” so important when cognitive ability (IQ) is correlated so strongly with actual job performance? It seems completely unscientific and rather stupid. And what’s to happen to us poor folks with super high IQs but of course, lack the EQ because we are inward looking? Is this fair?

176. shweta - February 5, 2007

really very helpful blog…
recently i went for an interview and was asked abt my biggest wekness…i just could’nt come up with anything…finally i said bad handwriting….must hv sounded really stupid. ha ha ha

177. JKD - February 5, 2007

I have my first phone interview with a pharmaceutical company. Anyone have any insight on what they may ask and what they are expecting?

178. Lisa - February 5, 2007

I have an interview tomorrow with a company who is a competitor to a company I was employed with for eight years.

How should I handle a question regarding “loyalty”, as well as assure them I will perform the job their way without comparisons?

179. Beezbee27 - February 6, 2007

i have a job interview tom with a company doing graphic designs. They do commercials and some other visual effects that you see on tv. Does anybody have suggestion on how i can win the job? what type of questions (and answers) should i expect from the interviewer? pls…Thanks!

180. Soph~ - February 11, 2007

Thank you for this website! It was extremely useful.

181. Debbie - February 14, 2007

I went for an interview last week for a teaching job. I didn’t get it and i’m sure its partly to my response to this question:
Tell us about a failure you’ve had in the past outside of teaching?

What kind of response are they expecting from this question?

182. H - February 15, 2007

The information contained in this page is brilliant. I had a interview today and stumbled across it yesterday and almost every question they asked was in here so it helped a great deal and the interview went smoothly as i was more than prepared for these questions.

Thankyou so much.

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184. shashi - February 16, 2007

Thanks for this wonderful information. This really helps us a lot to get through in any interview..

I have a known question…I am working presently for a small company (mnc) and applying for one of the leading banks in the world…..I’m afraid of the question “Why do you want to quit your present job”…I know, I should not say -ve about my past company..and ther are no reasons other than looking my future in one of the greatest companies..Even my past company is good but the growth is slow….How to proove my honesty in this situation…..could you please let me know some example answers for this question….any help is much appreciated.

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187. jayesh agarwal - February 18, 2007

question are good but answer is not satisfactorial

188. lm - February 19, 2007

very good information!

189. Me - February 22, 2007

I was once asked if my room was organized. And I lied and said of coarse. But there are studies that prove that people who have messy desks/workspaces are more productive than people with clean and organized desks/workspaces. How do we respond to a question like that? It could go either way.

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191. dada007maharaja - February 23, 2007

At one Interview I was asked that “Why was your agreegate on a decline ,starting from High School-to-higher secondary-to-Graduation ” It was like 77%-65.14%-63.05% ?”
I am a Engineering Fresher
It was my first Interview. I blew it up!!

192. piyush - February 23, 2007

what is the answaer of:-

why u leave the previous job???

193. saresh - February 23, 2007

tell me about urself ?

194. saresh - February 23, 2007

What do you want to do with your life?

195. saresh - February 23, 2007

Do you have any actual work experience?

196. saresh - February 23, 2007

How would you describe your ideal job ?

197. saresh - February 23, 2007

Why did you choose this career?

198. saresh - February 23, 2007

When did you decide on this career?

199. saresh - February 23, 2007

What goals do you have in your career?

200. saresh - February 23, 2007

What kind of salary are you looking for?

201. saresh - February 23, 2007

Is money important to you?

202. saresh - February 23, 2007

What do you want to work in the Industry?

203. saresh - February 23, 2007

How much money do you need to make to be happy?

204. saresh - February 23, 2007

Are you willing to travel? In the future?

205. nathalie - February 23, 2007

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207. ashutosh - February 27, 2007

Better to have answers with example so that freshers can implement it directly without hesitating on what to say and what dont.

208. ger - February 27, 2007

I work in IT and have interviewed many people. Apart from technical knowledge which is easy enough to measure what i always looked for was some one I could work with on a day to day basis. Somebody who appears confrontational or arrogant is doomed from the start. Be yourself, use common sense, and most importantly try and enjoy the experience. Life is too short to be stressing about things which are really out of our control.
I myself have an interview in the next few days which is a second round HR type deal. I believe embracing the idea of failure as a learning experience takes away much of the anxiety and allows for much more natural expression, which I guarantee an interviewer will pick up on and give you an edge over other applicants.

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211. rounak pandya - March 3, 2007

hello i m sales guy.
i m confused in what to tell in weakness polz guide me

212. mau - March 4, 2007

bless all of u who posted….got questions here, i’ll appreciate any respose .
what’s the best answer to the question what do you think is your edge among all other candidates?
I think i am up against those who have all the advantages to get the job and interviewers expect better than answering ” I’m a goal oriented person, flexible, honest, etc etc.Every applicant claims they have these qualities.
and how do you deal with interviewers who keep on rephrasing his questions when you find it difficult to reconstruct your answer on the spot .It’ll sound awkward if u just keep on saying the same thing…any help pls..

213. elisa - March 5, 2007

what are good answers for what tasks do you like the most and the least?
Basically every job has a little of everything in it. I’m having trouble with the least liked.

214. lucky - March 6, 2007

would it be really bad to say i procrastinate as a weakness?
and perhaps follow it up by saying and thats why i started to follow a schedule?

215. srinath - March 6, 2007

i was asked this question-> do u feel if u dont get this job?… well my ans was no as the previous question was regarding the positive attitude. so lost the interview…i regret tat every time i think of it… my answer should be yes…i felt like i was a fool to say that…anyways i cant do anything now… hope to learn something which will help me for futher interviews

216. Ansh - March 6, 2007

what r some good examples when they say tell me about yourself?? and examples of your strenghts?

217. bergus - March 7, 2007

how do you handle irate customers?

218. Alfie - March 7, 2007

I keep on getting this question “How do you handle change”, any comments on what to say.

219. Alisha - March 8, 2007

In regards to “How do you handle change”? You have to be able to handle change. If not, how can you move forward? I work in IT and technology is constantly changing. My very last interview I was asked this question. I got the job.

220. Alisha - March 8, 2007

In regards to “How do you handle irate customers”? This is what I said at my last interview.—If a customer calls me yelling and screaming let them vent. Most of the time they just want someone to listen to them. Be empathetic. Understand how they feel. Let the customer know you are there to help them. When you show understanding to the customer/client they usually calm down. Find out exactly what the problem is, gather all pertinent information and resolve the problem.

221. Melange - March 8, 2007

Your greatest weakness is supposed to be the mirror image of your greatest strength. For example, if you are results oriented and extremely assertive then your greatest weakness could be tailoring your assertiveness carefully so it doesn’t get misunderstood as aggression by those of us that are thinner skinned. This is why these questions are generally asked back to back. Strength and Weakness if answered honestly should be a reflection of each other. To know your weaknesses and improve on them constantly is to show that you are seeking continuos improvement of yourself both personally and professionally.

222. uma - March 10, 2007

thank you for the questions

223. ETAF. - March 11, 2007

its a simple words…but difficult to answer..

waht is your strength and weaknesses? help..

224. Michelle - March 13, 2007

Does anyone have help with this one? In my last interview I was asked, “If you had a project that you needed to complete, and you didn’t have all the information you needed, how would you handle it?”

I answered that I find asking questions is the best way to get the answers I need to complete something.

I wasn’t called back for a 2nd interview, but I realize now after reading this site that I made quite a few mistakes in my interview (I only had 2 hours to prepare, they called me at 8:30 a.m. for a 10:30 interview! I should have stalled them, I guess). I have another interview tomorrow and would like to have a good response to this question, in case they ask me!!


225. mare - March 14, 2007

I would suggest stating that you would compile all inforamation you currently had, then reach out to those that you feel would have additional information and/or resources to be able to complete the task. Also, asking for additional information from the project leader is always acceptable as well.

226. Mike - March 14, 2007

These are some great answers to possible interview questions…. My problem is that I have not been honest at all in interviews. I have an interview tomorrow in which I am going to be totally honest about myself and strengths and weaknesses. I am not going to fabricate answers but use totally honest responses with no extra crap that they dont care about.

I think after reading a few responses that this will be very helpful for me and will make it feel so much more casual.

227. susan - March 16, 2007

A bit off subject– I interviewed for and was offered a position- contingent upon a meeting the company had with an outside entity. When I was offered the job, the HR person said it was “unanimus” , all five people at three different interviews, chose me as their top canidate. After the meeting, the offer was recinded. I was told they needed to do some rethinking, and “would be talking to me”. The next thing I know, the position is being advertised again, and no one has returned my call. Any suggestions? I am confident I am the right canidate for this position. Is there a different blog for this type of question?

228. me - March 16, 2007

I have been interviewing candidates for a job the past few weeks. The biggest purpose of the interview for me is to get a better sense of who each person is, and what their personality is like.

While you should put your best foot forward, I think the best approach is to be honest about who you are. A lot of these questions don’t have right answers, (although I suppose there are some really “wrong” answers).

A lot of these questions are different versions of “tell me about yourself”. I read your resume, I know your last five jobs, so if I ask what are your strengths and weaknesses, I’m thinking about the role the job needs and how that will fit, but I’m also just trying to get a sense of who you are as a person, and if you will fit in. As long as you don’t say your weakness is drinking on the job or something, I think it is ok. Refusing to respond seems a little wierd and defensive to me.

I am trying to create a team, so it takes a balance of different personalities to make it work. If you fake it and still manage to get the job, I promise neither of us will be happy, and you will have to explain to yoru next employer why you got fired after 6 months.

If you don’t get hired or called back, I don’t think there is anything wrong with sending a follow up email asking what the status is, and if there is any feedback. I know that often a certain job can be different things, depending on who is hired, and interviewing process helps the hirers narrow down what they want. (e.g. one candidate might be more analytical, and another more creative- both could do the job, but we need to decide which would be a better fit, and they both bring different strengths to the table.)

Anyway, those are some thoughts. Good luck to all of you.

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231. Kate - March 16, 2007

Greatest weakness. Give them something that might sound like a weakness but is actually an asset in the workplace. For example, “I tend to get lost in detail… I get so caught up in the task at hand…”

232. Neil Shah - March 17, 2007


233. gopu - March 17, 2007

good job……………..
to get good job……..

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235. Ronin - March 19, 2007

Great source of information!!!!

236. Needit - March 19, 2007

How do you answer the question. What would you change about your past?

I hate the dreaded phone interview-when you’ve applied for lots of positions and someone calls you back and goes right into interview mode. Somehow I never get called for a face -o-face interview after a phone interview.

237. san chago - March 19, 2007

i’m glad i stumbled on this one. the discussion here really informs me a lot. im a fresh graduate and im having an interview day after tomorrow. hope your points of view works. and thanks! haha..

238. james - March 19, 2007

i had a failing grade in college and the interviewer dig me into it asking why ive failed the subject? i was overwhelmed that i decided to be honest answering the question. i told them the truth that i and my professor did’nt get along very well. i wasn’t hired and i thought it was because of that response that i was rejected. can anybody suggest what i should have done or say instead?

239. Elizabeth Blair - March 19, 2007

you should have mentioned about the exam being touch instead, or that due to many other subjects you were sitting for at that particular time, you had little time for this subject and hence you faild

240. Elizabeth Blair - March 19, 2007

I was asked about the different between efficiency and effectiveness and I found this to be also one and the same think. what was I supposed to answer. please help.

241. chizmojo - March 20, 2007

i was asked by this question during an interview, “how would you describe the color blue to a blind person?”. My answer was that i sang a beautiful song to him and that song meant the color blue. Could he hear the sweetness of the color? I didn’t know what was the most appropriate answer. I was rejected during the technical though.

242. justcurious - March 20, 2007

Would it be appropriate to negotiate your salary based on the hiring manager’s comments of ‘expect regular over time to get the job done’? i would a salaried employee and expected overtime is not part of my pay. I don’t mind the overtime but I would like to be compensated equitably if overtime is expected. Would that be a good negotitation method? Thanks!

243. noodles - March 22, 2007

hi! i need help. How do you answer this question: What is your expected salary?

244. Tina - March 22, 2007

okayy well , i have my first job interview tommorow ever. Im 15 years old and alot of these questions are going to be hard to answer because , first of all i havent worked before i have experience with babysitting , my mom’s bridal shop , and extracurricular activities … im basically looking for job expierience and dont expect a big pay . Too the person who was wondering what it meant when someone askes what animal you see yourself as , it is too tell them what kind of person you are , in my career studys class we learned about this … If you say a lion , you are Loyal&independant , if you say something like a mamouth you are more lazy and laidback and not what there looking for .

245. Jenna Kemp - March 22, 2007

what is a good example of showing initiative to solve problem??


246. Kimberly - March 23, 2007

244. Tina: Your 15, don’t worry about an animal question, if that comes up you simply respond I don’t know, I am not familiar enough with animals to answer. I know that I am eager to prove myself in the position I am applying for & will do my best not to disapoint you as an employer. I am older but have been in your position when applying for the first time for employment. I could not understand the intimidating questions as they were trying to stump or scare me? The person that they hired that was not scared was most likely not a good employee but a over confident slacker. The applicant that is concerned will most likely be the better hire. Relax & keep trying you will prevail.

247. Kimberly - March 23, 2007

A tip to all. If you have an interviwer ask ridiculous questions, the job is not for you. It will be a ridiculous & politically motivated position. If you are willing & able to answer you may be the right one for the position if not believe me when I tell you it’s not what you wanted. Interviews should not be phony & intimidating just a form of getting to know somone at a first impression & learning the skills they possess. The other stuff is fluff & a sign of a bad job & a worst employer.

248. Mike - March 23, 2007

I have one word, ENERGY! Show excitement and energy during your interview and dont make an ass of yourself and you are on the right path to getting the job.

249. Dustin - March 24, 2007

What type of questions are safe to ask the interviewer, and how many should generally be asked?

250. srinivasarao - March 24, 2007

hr interiew questions

251. AASLENS - March 24, 2007

very good questions but not what im looking for Lol!!!!!!

252. jilson - March 27, 2007

the tips r good but ineed a professional answers for all .any way think of subject and make apersonal research and let the blog to be a reference space for the people

253. akabeko - March 28, 2007

In response to ” why were you terminated from your last job ? “, try giving the stated reason (they will get it from HR) followed by “I was stunned and so were my coworkers.” Then you can lead into your good work at that organization, your cooperation with colleagues, and suggestions on which coworkers to contact to get a better insight of how you really were on the job.

254. Krotuk - March 29, 2007

Hi I have a friend who is switching fro Telecom to Software.He has only handled Software projects from a PMO level .
He is shit scared that the interviewers might ask him question related to technology as he is not technically qualified , but he is good in concepts and can sell himself well.
Please advise what he can do

255. ripu - April 1, 2007

i have no prepare to give the answer obout my hoobies.please help me about that.

256. » Blog Archive » Top 50 Interview Questions - April 1, 2007

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257. UCHE - April 1, 2007

good postings, and really intresting what suggestions people are giving. got an interview tommorrow and its been fun reading this blog.

258. Juan - April 2, 2007

Very good post… tomorrow i have tomorrow my job interview, so i hope this tips help me.

i will get you posted

259. SAMY - April 2, 2007

Really a great post..But I need answer for ” where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

260. eyeunix - April 2, 2007

SAMY: “where do you see yourself in 5 years” always want to be advancing within the industry/company.

…”I see myself in your shoes” to a sup.

… “I want to advance through the company…”

261. MZRENE - April 3, 2007

How do you answer the question what can you contribute to this comapany? I always have problems with that question.

262. colm - April 3, 2007

great blog …In answer to “why were you terminated from your last job?” it is important to know the why yourself first,if you don’t know simply find out!(ring and get reasons or pretend to be employer and find out how they will answer) If you are responding to this question better to reflect what the reference is likey to say.
also regarding the question on “biggest weakness” an answer like… ” I sometimes delay why own work to assist the needs of my colleagues if they need help (elaborate) this shows you care, are a team player and flexible

263. eyeunix - April 3, 2007

“biggest weakness”

I’ve always found that showcasing your greatest strength and double wammi to your greatest weakness.

My biggest weakness would probally be multi-tasking because when i’m not busy, I tend to loose focus and day dream.

My greatest strength is my ability to do many tasks at once and being able to stay focus and complete the jobs in front of me.


264. colm - April 4, 2007

Was at an interview yesterday and asked ..” What are your salary expectations from this job?” I replied “that I would expect the salary would reflect the responsibility,but that I not only motivated by money alone and that the challenges,new experience count for important motivators as well” Let you know the outcome in due course

265. kev - April 4, 2007

Whats the best way to answer the following the question?

What do you do if the project you are managing is not going to meet the deadline?

266. Danielle - April 4, 2007

When I go on interviews I get nervous and have a tendency not to talk very much. Does any one have any suggestions to help me?

267. Jon - April 5, 2007

In answer to kev, I think a good answer to your question would be:
“Advise all stakeholders involved with the deadline as soon as you realise you may not meet the deadline, but also make them aware that you and your team are doing everything they possibly can to meet the deadline.”

268. Kim - April 5, 2007

I have worked in the dental field for over 25 years, as front desk, assistant, and collections manager. After a horrific car accident last year (I was rear ended at a light), I lost my position of 15 years because my recovery took too long. So what do I say regarding why I was fired. I was heartbroken when I was told I no longer had a job but will a future employer see my long recovery as a weakness or someone that now has health issues? I am very torn as to what type of answer I should say to this question. Please help.

269. Triveni - April 5, 2007

This blog was awesome.I learned more from this blog.

270. blogMeTender - April 7, 2007

@groom, @james

Seeking post-interview feedback is as productive as “playing handball against the drapes.” You get nothing useful in return.

Here are several reasons why it’s useless:
1. Some people are very nice and don’t want to hurt your feelings. Or they follow corporate policies, stay quiet and protect themselves.

2. Some people are very nasty with big ego trips. They love seeing candidates squirm after fraternity hazings, especially if they went through one to get hired.

3. So few ever get any formal training in interviewing and evaluating people. This is especially true in fields like engineering where the best programmer becomes software development manager.

4. The very performance that turns one person off turns the next one on. Someone says you’re cocky and another says you’re confident.

5. Someone was threatened by you. Instead of volunteering that, they’ll criticize you and maybe even invent a fault you don’t have.

6. They already have something you don’t, a job at BigNameCo. Therefore, what is in it for them to criticize your performance?

And here’s one other thing people rarely consider — is the feedback valid? Just because they are authorities, does it mean they’re right? Your self-esteem can be needlessly battered in a time you need it most like job search.

And here’s the biggest one of all — hiring is extremely subjective! If they really want you, they’ll let any flaw slip by. If you didn’t know multithreading, for instance, they could say, “Multithreading is no biggie, he’ll pick it up like we did.” If they don’t, someone on the hiring committee will make a federal case out of it, e.g., “He writes code and he doesn’t know multithreading? What a loser!”

When I missed out on a few offers, especially from big-name companies, I used to ask how I did, where to improve, etc. As I collected responses, it was so inconsistent. Some even said they rated me highly, and couldn’t hire me due to politics. So I don’t waste my time any more. Instead, I pursue and work for employers who have their act together.

271. CHmodzs - April 8, 2007

awesome blog,thanks for the list!,

btw what the best answer if you got this question?

“what do you hope to achieve from the job that we are offering?”
and fyi, the job is for the network engineer.


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273. Saba Khalid - April 8, 2007

Oh my god…im freaking out…I’m applying as a TV researcher…and this article really helped..

and i was just about to say

My biggest weakness is that I’m a total and absolute perfectionist..

so cliche…

but now i know I wont :)

274. Robert - April 11, 2007

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

That can be another way of asking, “aren’t you too old?”
and not get in trouble.

If you answer politely, you might say, “To have someone with expertise, you need someone with 20 years of experience.”

Of course, you could deflect to question by saying you realize there’s trade-offs to accepting this job, low pay, less responsiblity, get to live in the country….

275. Raebeth - April 11, 2007

“Do you have any questions” (from the potential employer) I answered - “Do you have any doubt in my ability to do this Job/perform the role”?. A good one as this gets you feedback that you can respond to. On recently getting promotion at work, it was this question that clinched it for me, although bordering arrogant, it displays confidence and is an open-ended question. Both of my interviewers said that this had stuck in their mind and made my interview a memorable one as none of the other candidates had been as direct, if you are one of many candidates for the role, you need to be as memorable as possible.

276. sinaing - April 12, 2007

Thanx for the post.
This will be helpful for me. I have an interview on Monday and I’ll make sure to read this blog as well as the comments of other people here.
Hope to get the Job.

277. colm - April 12, 2007

some of the questions I was asked at a recent interview, may help preparation;
1. give us an example of a difficult decision or task you had to deal with?
2. what are your salary expectations?
3. What do you consider to be the challenges in this new position?
4. what strengths do you bring to this company?
5. What would you consider to be your weaknesses/failings?
(only a sample and not in any specific order)

278. Vishwas - April 13, 2007

nice answers

279. vibhash - April 13, 2007

Thanks a lot for this post…

Although im placed in 2-3 companies but this will surely help me:)


280. benny - April 14, 2007

hi this an amzing site thanks

281. Bubba Jones - April 17, 2007

Here is the response I gave to Burger King when they asked me to list five words that ‘best’ describe me:

1. Literate
2. Competent
3. Sober
4. Ambitious
5. Desperate

I got the job!!!

282. Minty - April 17, 2007

Thankyou for this blog - not just the questions at the start, but mostly the comments over the last six months from people who have given some wonderful advice.

Don’t forget, as well as thinking about the questions they will be asking you, to have a few suitable questions to turn back on the interviewer at the end, during the “that about wraps it up, do you have anything you’d like to ask me” section.

Many people are so pleased to have the interview over with that they will be only too pleased to shake their heads, get up and leave the room. But an interviewer can see a lot more if you ask some intelligent questions back, and it shows that you are interested about the position, and enthusiastic to learn more about the role.

Think of some good questions to ask back - ask about the training opportunities that they will give you, ask about the most and least enjoyable aspects of the position, ask what happened to the person whose job you will be taking - was he/she promoted, did he/she leave? Be positive but curious about the company, ask questions relating to the product or work that you will be doing. Show that you have a genuine interest in the role you are applying for.

Good luck to everyone!

283. Debbie Huggins - April 17, 2007

11. What kind of salary do you need?
I had a friend who recently did not answer this question on his phone interview, he gave one of those “it depends on the requirements” answers. When he did the face to face interview he was told the max salary was $20k less then what he was looking for! I advise at least giving a range so you dont waste you time.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
If I was asked this I would say “It depends on the situation. If the company asked me to do something illegal or unethical b/c it was in their best interest then NO. However, if I needed to stay late to finish a project when I’d rather be home eating dinner then YES”

284. Matt - April 18, 2007

I had a phone interview the other day and one question that came up was, “Do you consider yourself a competitive person at work?” Then I had to give an example. This was the question I had the hardest time answering.

285. Manasa - April 18, 2007

this helped me a lot to prepare for my interview

286. Anon - April 18, 2007

List 38 reasons why you would be a horrible employee? ;-)

If this were asked, I’d just walk out right then.

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288. Naqbrown - April 20, 2007

this is a very good site…i have really enjoyed the answers to the questions. I have an interview with a college and these answers really helped. :)

289. LookingForAJob....Soon - April 22, 2007

This is great information, I stumbled upon it…and had a good laugh at comment 13…by the time I got to comment 60…well almost too much to read…But I am going to take all this information in mind when I go for my future interviews……….good luck to all the job seekers…

290. naoj - April 22, 2007

Thank u for the post it helps me to be prepare 4my interview..later.. GODBLESS and more power…

291. virg - April 22, 2007

thanks for all the tips guys… im going to apply in a c.center after i finish my training and i get hired…

292. Bhawana Jayaswal - April 22, 2007

First a fall ” Thanks to you “.
Plz give me a answer for this question.

What is your weakness?

293. Akhilesh - April 23, 2007

my weekness is i cann’t stay long time in the official parties.

294. Jim - April 25, 2007

Do you think it is important that your supervisor should know all the jobs ?

295. Jim - April 25, 2007

I have had some different answers to this question any suggestions?

296. Gladys - April 25, 2007

I just discovered this site, it is awsome. I believe it will be very helpful for the job search .

297. kirah straathof - April 26, 2007

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

yes or no?? People are telling me different answers.

298. joann - April 26, 2007

thanks for this site.i’ll be having my interview tomorrow and this article will be a great help. pls guys wish me luck.

299. Jay - April 26, 2007

Worst quality:

I would say my worst quality is sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I love being involved in things, but sometimes I overwhelm myself.
OR….I get bored easily if my job is static. I like to keep learning and I like having constant opportunities and challenges…it makes things interesting.

300. kirah straathof - April 26, 2007

this site was great. I’m having my interview in 30 min. thank you.

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302. Eric Gray - April 30, 2007

your greatest weakness

your weaknesses should be your strengths and your strengths should be your weaknesses.

ie competitiveness sometimes it is good to be competitive but other times it can get in the way.

303. wadem - April 30, 2007

12. Are you a team player?

To be a good team player, you have to be a good individual first. If you have a poor foundation, how are you expecting to be able to support or develop a strong/large house?

I am a player who works well in the team, bringing out the strengths in all team members, and utilizing them for their speciatlies. I am also a player who can hold his own in all areas and am able to support the team.

How I answer that question.

304. John - May 2, 2007

Thank you for the post it helps me to be prepare for my interview.

305. Ronnie - May 3, 2007

What kind of salary are you looking for?

Gee, lets say, somewhere in the neighborhood of what the CEO is making! Helloooooo, that is such a stupid question even if we say $100,000 for receptionist we are not going to get it, that answer would answer what irritates me about a (HR) coworker! Why not just throw a salary range, and ask the prospective employee if they would consider a position that pays in that area. I love it when I stumble upon job posting that are bold and honest enough to warn applicants: i.e., Title: Editorial Assistant Salary: Under $35,000.

306. Daniel - May 3, 2007


I found this site today (the day before my interview)!!!

Anyway these are some great tips & these posts are even better. I d just like to thank you all lol.

Wish Me Luck!!!!

307. Joe - May 4, 2007

I found that best way to go about salary question is to say something like “well, I don’t know, right now I make $80K plus benefits, and my stok option worth about 10K/year etc.” Of course numbers are adjusted to company, but this way I was able to get more $ than I would have otherwise, probably because it makes HR to realize that if others already paying me this much they should as well. Make sure you sound troubled by question at first and telling absolute truth.

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309. Laura M - May 8, 2007

Fantastic guys!
Thanks for all the brainstorming.

310. Fritz - May 9, 2007

thanks for this site!!! hoping that this tips may help me soon for my interview…….

311. hanzy - May 10, 2007

really great help! :) thanks

312. Kyle - May 10, 2007

Found this the day before my interview and I’ll be leaving for it in a few hours. Thanks a lot for the help.

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314. Berserk - May 11, 2007

Found this site yesterday and found the topic and comments to be very helpful. I got an interview on Monday next week, hopefully it will go well.

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316. sadia - May 12, 2007

the interview asked “where do you see yourself in 5 years” i said IN A HIGHER POSITION THAN YOUR SELF !!! and the interview went all red in the face and he shook my hand and said im successful……. hahah

317. job interview answers - May 13, 2007

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318. Anne Harbut - May 14, 2007

These are great. I’m an ESL (Eng. as a Second Lang) tchr here in Istanbul and now hv an Upper Interm. Bus. class. They are mainly college seniors and am gearing up for interviews and such. The truly great jobs in Turkey are extremely competitive, as I suppose, they are anywhere. But as people rarely change jobs here, it can mean a lifetime-or at least 7 years–of NOT changing.

Thanks for your help.

319. Laura - May 16, 2007

These stink i didn’t get the job! they didn’t ask any if these stupid questions

320. Laura - May 16, 2007

I am trying to give an interview to my Bff Diana! for a school speech!

321. franak - May 17, 2007

I have been asked to give an example of customer focus : can you give me some of those and how i can phrase them please

322. Lanre lasisi - May 17, 2007

I was asked to answer the questions below for an oil and gas interview .Pls,help me out now:You will need to continuously demonstrate competency in the following areas. You are asked to give real examples (academic or otherwise) of when you have demonstrated the following competencies. Please use no more than 100 words for each.
Flexibility: Give an example of when you have had to change your behaviour or adopt a new approach in order to meet an objective or adapt to a new situation.
Team Working Ethic: Give a recent example of when you were part of a team which met a stretching objective and tell us about your specific contribution to the team.
Communication Skills: Describe a situation where you feel you have communicated effectively. What did you do to ensure the audience understood your message?
Problem Solving / Decision Making: Tell us about a situation where you have resolved a difficulty that you have encountered. Please describe how you came to your final decision.
Achievement Motivation: Apart from your degree, tell us about a major personal achievement.
Leadership Skills: Explain how you have developed your leadership abilities, what you gained from this experience and what you would do differently next time.

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324. Tony C - May 18, 2007

Hey guys!

that was a long list to read! Thanx for sharing all those tips and experience with us! I really appreciate it.

I just started looking for accounting jobs and I got a total of two interviews so far (one per week). Is that too little?? (based on approx. 10-15 resumes sent each week)

I know I blew the first interview cause I didn’t practice any questions. As for the second interview, I feel that I could do better and say more of what I wanted to say but I didn’t get the opportunity to. The interviewer asked me only THREE questions for the WHOLE interview.

For those ppl who want to know the questions… They were: 1.) Tell me a little about yourself. (I think I did pretty well in this question); 2.) Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? (I said I want to open a cosmetic retail business (I really do! but not 100% about the cosmetic part.) –> should I say that? cause I think he wanted to hear something else… should I tell him, I want to grow with the company, continue to learn, and make long-term contributions?;
3.) Do you have any questions?

any comments on my answer for the question 2?? should I tell him what he wants to hear or I want to do (and apparently don’t want to hear.)???? any suggestions?

Thanx for listening guys! again, I really appreciate all the postings and for sharing your experience with us all!

325. Sandra - May 18, 2007

Hi! Thanks for all the advice. Man, I need to really prepare for my next interviews… but I have two questions… how would one answer:

1/ 3 Reasons why we shouldn’t hire you (tough!)

I would say “if you are looking for a workaholic, you would be disappointed because I cherish balance in all life aspects” but then, what about the other 2? Argh!

2 / And another thing. I’ve been traveling, visiting family and in short, doing my own thing, for almost half a year and I dread the moment when they ask what I’ve been doing this time, as there is nothing related to my career or the job. I don’t think “done yoga 3 hours daily and I’m finally capable to do the Headstand.. I’m very proud of it!” will impress National Instruments much.

Help! And thanks to everyone.

326. helix - May 19, 2007

Q. What are your weaknesses?

A. I know that’s a common interview question but I admit I really don’t know how to answer it. I do my best at work, but like everyone else, I make mistakes. I learn from my mistakes and move on. [Be ready for the next question which may be to give an example of a mistake from which you learned something. Give a stellar example.]

The point of this question, like many others, is not to get an honest answer. It is to see how cool you are when put into awkward situations.

327. Raj - May 20, 2007

Q: What is your weakness.
A: I was looking for any appropriate answer of this question. I have read all the comments and replies. These are helpful.
I think one of the best answer to this question is
I don’t say no to anybody for any kind of help. Doing so sometimes it blew me off the track and I loose my momentum. I talked about this to my boss and he suggested me few tips like Prioitize your work. I start prioritizing my work and I am seeing results of that.
IF you have any suggestion to correct or modify this answer please post your views.

328. Sumant Kumar - May 20, 2007

This site is really exciting and it can help persons to get the desired job that one aims for.It will be more useful if 20 most common interview questions can be listed with detail answers enough to reply withut pausing during the interview sesson.Tomorrow i have interview in Delhi,i hope will be able to crack it after going through this site.
Sumant Kumar

329. Bill Compton - June 4, 2007

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330. debjit - June 5, 2007

plz i have interviewes&give me all the questions possible.

331. Boipelo mere - June 5, 2007

Good luck for the interview

332. Mogomotsi - June 5, 2007

wishing myself good luck for my upcoming interview

333. Gay Blowb - June 5, 2007

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334. cila - June 7, 2007

how do you handle a situation when you have an upsad customer?

335. Wiseguy - June 7, 2007

^I had that same question at one of my interviews yesterday as well.

Also, I had, “how do you define leadership?” and “how do you define success?”

It was a tough interview, i tried as hard as i could but didn’t get it. Now i have another in 2 days and i hope this will help me out.

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337. sanaa - June 8, 2007

dear sirs,
i would like to tell you that this is the most beneficial site for the interview highlights and thank you very much for sharing and lighting our sight with it

338. v.wiiliams - June 10, 2007

i have an interview up agianst 9 people in 3 days… and i have to say this site is very very helpful! thanks..

339. Sonika - June 10, 2007

This site is very beneficial for all those who are preparing for an interview. I am also preparing for an interview could you please tell me the answer for the below question:

Tell me about your family? Just i would like to ask from where i have to start to answer this question. Just telling about the family members is enough or i have to tell something else.

340. jill - June 11, 2007

I don’t believe they are asking you this to find out how dick, jane, and your dog spot are doing, so DO NOT give personal details about them, not only do you not have the right, but they are not interviewing for the position, you are!!!

Feel free to ask them WHY they want to know about your family, so you can decide what it is you want to tell them, and what is none of their business. In truth though, I think what they realy might be wanting to know is whether or not you will put family ahead of your career or visa-versa. You need to answer this question as honestly as posible. If they don’t like the answer, then it’s not the company you want to work for anyway.

I had this question once before, my answer was simple: “they are good, thank you for asking. how are yours?” the interviewer smiled, said good too, and moved on. I got an offer, but took something else instead.

341. You suk - June 12, 2007

Yeah you guys really suk

342. You suk - June 12, 2007

This site is so fuck ass stupaid.Why would you want to know the shit ass interview questions. i can make up my own interview questions like right now. For example: Why are you telling us about these fuck ass questions?
Are you made of shit? Because I think you are.
Why do you always smeel like yo’ momma’s ass?
See So you can just shut that ass hole of yours and tell people that you can make up your own interview questions!

343. Amanda - June 13, 2007

“You suk” you need to go back to middle school and learn to spell. and i think you need to go back and read some of the things on this site so you could actually go out and get a real job insead of working at mickey d’s your whole life. I think this site really helped me prepare for my interview tomorrow with good example questions and a great responce to them. Thanks much :)

344. Juvy - June 14, 2007

Hi, anyone can answer my question. And i would really appreciate your answers if you’re gonna help me. I am applying for a job right now in a call center hope you could help me in a little way.I need sample answers with explanations.Heres my questions:

1. What motivates you to work?
2. What are your strength and weaknesses ?
3. Why we should hire you?
4. What is your short and long term goal?
5. Why do you want to apply in our company?

345. Mari - June 14, 2007

1. You can always say your family movitates you to work. To be able to provide for them.
2. It’s always good to stay positive when it comes to your strengths you can talk about your positive attitude, your ability to work well with others, your ability to prioritize and your ability to work under pressure. Your weakness is a hard one you don’t want to say too much but you don’t want to ignore the question you are going to have to think about that one.
3. For this question you should point out how your skills can contribute to the company’s needs.
4. Be realistic, otherwise you can sound immature. You can say to find a job where you will be can be happy and contribute to the company’s success. Long Term you can say that you have proven yourself and hopefully be considered for a manager or supervisors position.
5. Your going to have to do some research for this one and see what the company is all about. Match your qualifications to what the position and company are looking for.

Stay positive and good luck.

346. colm - June 15, 2007

I recently interviewed three females for a job position and following all the usual questions I asked each one the same question: “you find a £20 note on the shopfloor - what would you do?” the first girl said She would pick up the money bring upto the store manager and allow the manager to keep it safe in case someone distressed had lost it,it could be given back (she would give her name and address as well just in case it wasn’t claimed)
Thought this was a good answer until I asked the second person the same question, she replied “I would pick up the money - bring it to the local police and declare that I found the money and if unclaimed after 1 year and a day ask that you give the money a local charity.
Very good answer but then when I asked the last person this same question she said that she would “pick up the money, look around and pocket the money as it my good luck that i found it” who should I give the job to???

347. colm - June 15, 2007

I gave the job to the one with the biggest Boobs!

348. sumant kumar - June 16, 2007

I was asked during the interview in a FMCG company,What sales process would you adopt in this FMCG company and name the sales Process you are aware of?

349. Tito - June 17, 2007

This blog really helped me so much in my interviews. I got hired by a multi-national. It is really great.

350. constantine - June 17, 2007

good question:
what’s your biggest achievement?

351. ATATWEBWA GODFREY - June 18, 2007

thanks alot for this kind of message. it has given me an insight on what i would expect in an interview. being a fresh graduate without any experience. i wish you could provide a mechanism where i could send my questions and have them answered back to my e-mail. good day.

352. ganesha - June 18, 2007

I must say this site is REALLY GOOD.
Good work dude(s)!!!
Read the postings, which are many but definately worth reading, filter out the HR people responses and get prepared for your interview.
That’s what I did and I think it worked.
I definately had a good “feeling” after the interview
(I will let you know if I got the job……)
A big advice…..
Be relaxed, sound natural, dress well and be smart in any way

Blessings+Luck 2 all the job hunters out there

353. mr. t ko Jozi - June 18, 2007

after going thru the sample Qs? i’m confident enough that i will get that intern job tomorrow.

354. yel - June 20, 2007

Nice site! I am preparing for my 2nd interview later in the afternoon and this site really helped me a lot! I’ll inform everyone about the result of my interview. Thanks so much1 more power and good Luck to all the jobseekers out there! May we find the best job that is most suitable to us! :D

355. gandalf - June 21, 2007

i really liked tips to handle interviews……..i m gonna 2morrow to face an interview……….

best luck for the interviewee…………………………………………

356. Waji - June 22, 2007

This site is realy gud but one thing which i feel missing is that no body told taht how to react when u r in starting carrer

like “what is ur weakness” what should i say beacuase the mention answer above is not appropraite for a freash candiadate.

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358. herbtea - June 23, 2007

If somebody asks you ” what do you know about this company?”
How would you answer it? I had this question before and I told the interviewer about something I found from their company websites. But the interviewer thought I did a bad job by doing that. How should we handle this question?

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360. Nick - June 24, 2007

“Amanda - June 13, 2007

“You suk” you need to go back to middle school and learn to spell … and a great [*]responce[*] to them. Thanks much :)

LOL. Pot, black, kettle… well you know.

I’ve found that it’s definitely best to be yourself in interviews, and other than being smartly presented, not to *try* as such as that’ll come across negatively. Without being cocky, remember that the interview process is a great chance for you to interview the company for whom you’re considering lending your skills to (assuming that it is a skilled job and not one where candidates are 10 a penny) as well as to give the interviewer an impression of yourself. At the end of the day, literally, the interviewers are just people like yourself that you might have a pint with down the pub, and coming across friendly and open whilst not overly ingratiating works well. The interviewer may also be nervous, and helping to put them at ease is likely to have a positive effect.

With tricky questions, if you’re not sure of an answer then you can always say so or ask the interviewer to clarify. Not knowing an answer isn’t always the wrong answer and could be the right answer in a sense because not everyone knows everything. Other answers such as going to a book, looking up on google or asking peers can be valid answers because there will be times when you can’t do something, and having the initiative to solve the problem is a skill in itself.

With “tricky” questions like “what do you know about this company”, you might be honest and with a smile (but not a smirk) say “probably not enough”, and then immediately say that you did want to ask “XYZ about them”. Or you might say that you did some research but wanted to ask them… Obviously you need to know something about what they do, and should have been prepared by the recruitment consultant, whch of course you won’t get with any job boards and which is why they have a much less than 5% success rate and are a disaster.

Biggest weakness, I would say “perfectionist”. It happens to be true (or at least one my biggest ones), and conveniently can be seen as a strength, particularly when qualified to show that you’re aware of it and that actually you know when to stop.

Good luck to all.

361. first timer - June 24, 2007

i definately have to say that this is a very good post. i read every single thing on this website because i’m going for an interview for my first full time job on wednesday. Ive been employ twice before in the summer and now im done with college its time to get a real job.the tips on here are very helpful, they put me at ease a bit cz im very nervous cuz i had no idea what they were going to ask and how were am i going to answer them. well wish me luck, i hope i get the job, i really want it. i’ll let you guys know how the interview went and if i got the job. guys…pray for me, wish me luck…thnks…later

362. Sandra - June 24, 2007

name a time when one of your co-workers wasn’t carrying their own and what you did about it?

363. Jimmie - June 25, 2007

good information

364. bharath - June 26, 2007

its really good

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366. Pinkie - June 28, 2007

I am terrified of interviews hence I’ve stuck to 1job for many many years, even when I read the materials and tips I get memory loss. How do I gain the confidence and be able to remember what I read?

367. cigerxun - June 28, 2007

Anyone any apple interview questions??

368. beth Gorby - June 29, 2007

i had a job interview that i thought went very well. i recieved a phone call that i did not meet their credentials. i felt short changed as that was left on my machine. i really liked the position offered and felt there were things that needed to be discussed further. i asked for another interview and asked them to reconsider their decision as i still thought that i would be an asset to them. was that wrong? i looked at it two ways. i believe in determination and yet i did not want to seem as though i was begging. but how would one know if they did not try or ask what the credential was that was missing?

369. Emofraeia - June 29, 2007

thanks for this site I gained a lot of confidence reading those suggestions..thanks guys

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371. vasanth - July 1, 2007

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372. Jessabelle - July 2, 2007

I’m terrible at interviews and I think these sample questions will really help me to prepare for future interviews.

One thing I wanted to state was that with the biggest weakness question, you should try to surround your answer with positive things even if it’s negative when it first comes out of your mouth.

For example, one of my biggest weaknesses is that I don’t trust my instincts. A way to put a positive spin on this would be “I don’t trust my instincts which sometimes results in my double checking everything to make sure it’s correct.” Something of that nature.

373. Lisa - July 2, 2007

Hi everyone,

This is a brilliant blog! I am going for my 3rd interview tomorrow with the same company and i am “NERVOUS”!!!
I am also confident that i will make it cos i did make it all the way to the end :)
The interview is 3HOURS long.
Is there anyone here that has been for an interview with this duration?
Please let me know what i should be expecting


374. Chonggwaps - July 3, 2007

Hi Guys,tomorrow is my first interview..hope your advices will help me a lot to answers question to the interview..:)

375. Chonggwaps - July 3, 2007

what would be the beat answer for the question:

greater strength and weakness?

hop you help me guys……

376. Chonggwaps - July 3, 2007

what would be the best answer for the question:

greater strength and weakness?

hop you help me guys…

377. dan - July 4, 2007

Will definitely use this at my interview tomorrow. Good stuff.

378. Brittany - July 4, 2007

I agree with dan. I have an interview tomorrow, and this is very helpful. Thank you.

379. aine - July 4, 2007

lovin this :D

380. hottmama - July 5, 2007

This has been somewhat helpful as I have not searched for a job for a long time…Some things I disagree with of course but I beleive i can make this work…..I have interview tomorrow and yeah… Ima nail It! Thanks

381. okore - July 5, 2007

Got an assessment at TFL assessment centre tommorrow. Wish me luck everyone

382. okore - July 8, 2007

I got the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

383. erlyn - July 8, 2007

hey guyzzz.. cn u pls answer the ff:
1. What is your philosophy towards work?
2. What is you ideal employer-employee relationship?
3. What is your positive attitude towards work?
4. What challenges are you looking for in the organization?
5. Can you give me an example of leadership skills?
6. What irritates you about co-workers?
7.Explain how you would be an asset to the organization.
8. What are your expectations from the company?
9. What do you consider to be the challenges in this organization?
10. What strenhts do you bring to this company?
11. What are your expectations on the job?
12. Do you consider yourself competoitive at work?
13. What is ypour ideal work environment?
14. Describe your work ethic.
15. Tell me about a suggestion you have made.
16. Give me an example of a difficult decision or tasdk you had to deal with
17. Waht is your notable accomplishment?
thanx..more power and godbless!!!!

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387. Tariq - July 10, 2007

I am applying for the jobboom.com website jobs
and needs your feed back to make myself in a right direction.

Here are some questions and need your guidance to answer these questions.

1. Describe the most important challenge you have encountered during your career

2. Describe the most important accomplishment of your career

3. Describe what you look for in your ideal employer

4. Briefly describe your vision of your career path over the next 5 to 10 years

Best Regards

388. Dave - July 11, 2007

I got asked the question ‘what made you the man are you are today?’ anybody have any ideas. honest answers only.


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390. pankaj parashar - July 11, 2007

i got asked the question .

391. pankaj parashar - July 11, 2007

i got asked the question & their answer in a interview.

392. sandeepsharma - July 11, 2007

how did u spend the time yesterday

393. olu - July 12, 2007

Good stuff !

394. olu - July 12, 2007

The questions really came in handy. I have an interview today and i feel so confident that i’ll ace it in JESUS name (Amen)

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397. kavisha - July 13, 2007

Thankz for the gr8888 site. I feel much stronger now that i’ve gone through the Q&A, i’ve got an interview soon…

Just planning ahead…

Thankz again..

398. traybone - July 15, 2007

has anyone interviewed with corning’s? if so, what kind of questions do they ask. i’m out of wilmington, nc. I got an interview with them this week.

399. Elizabeth - July 16, 2007

I am so thankful I found this site. I am going for my first real job interview very soon. I am startled at the kinds of questions I may be asked.

I have been working in a temporary part time position for over a year. They have opened the job as a full-time position, which means my temp job will no longer exist and I have to apply for the full time one.

My co-workers are crazy as batshite, but I love them and my job. How do I be tactful when or if I get asked about if I’ve ever had any problems at a job, or with a supervisor or co-workers? They are all going to be on the initial interview and hiring committee!

“Yeah, it annoys me when Sally gets all drama-queeny and off-topic, and Jane criticizes me for simply not doing a job exactly as she’d do it, and Pam sits around all day and does nothing but talk about the bars she went to the night before. They all waste my time when I’m trying to work.”

I guess this is where I have to lie?

400. denden - July 16, 2007

Great site:

I can give everybody some of my experiences where I answered the question in the wrong way and was not hired.

1) Greatest Weakness
This is a real twit of a question. I was asked it only once and it changed my whole perception of the company and the interviewer ( although in retrospect they may have said it to test my reaction ). I wasn’t going to trot out the old “ my greatest weakness is my hard working nature/ I am too much of a perfectionist/ I am never happy until I give 150%” type of BS. So I was honest ( instead of just laughing out loud ) – I said that I had a weakness for doing paperwork and got bored with it – bad move. I never got recalled. I agree that it is a bit of an invitation to put your head in a noose and must be resisted.

2) Making Jokes with the interviewer
Bad move – the guy was playing it 100% straight and I put in a weak joke ( saying my salary included a Per Diem allowance and a Per Collate allowance for coffee etc – geddit? Per collate – percolate – coffee??? Side splitting eh? Well no , not in any sense – I wasn’t called back needless to say.

3) Disagreeing with interviewee on technical point – no no and no ( although since he started to disagree with me I had probally lost the job anyway.)

401. TVD - July 17, 2007

I had an interview today for a city job, and I WISH they had asked me ANY of the questions listed, as I might have actually been able to answer them. Instead, I got questions that were so unexpected that I still don’t know how I was supposed to answer them. For example:

What would you do if a supervisor directed you to do something that was against departmental policy? My response was that I would first make sure that I understood correctly what the supervisor had told me. Then I would have a sit-down with the supervisor to confirm that he understood the possible ramifications of what he was asking me to do. I then said that, in order to not be insubordinate, I would document everything and send a memo to the supervisor, confirming my understanding of what he wanted done, and then I would do it. Basically, I said that if the supervisor had no problem with his superiors knowing that he did directed me to do it, then I had no problem following his directives.

Everyone I’ve talked to said “NO!!! Wrong answer!!!” Easy for them to say, as they weren’t sitting there being glared at by four people who were asking technical questions from a list that I couldn’t get clarification on, because they were just a panel of people hired to screen people, not the actual hiring managers. Also, I showed up early, the receptionist handed me a piece of paper, and before I could sit down and read it, they hustled me in to the room and started the interview. Only later did I get to read the paper & find out that these people had not been given a copy of my resume, and thus had no idea of what my background or experience was. And at the end, when they asked me if I had any questions, I asked two, and was told they didn’t know on one, and couldn’t disclose that information on the other. I was so thrown off by this, I couldn’t think of anything else to ask. Questions to them like: “Why did you accept your present job here?” wouldn’t really have worked, since they didn’t work in the group I would be hired by. They were just an HR screening board.

I totally spaced on some questions, totally put my foot in my mouth once (something relating to my being the only ‘girl’ in the group, so I was asked to do all the documentation because I had the best writing skills), and stupidly apologized at the end for being nervous.

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be getting a call back. That’s okay, as there is another job I’d much prefer that I just got an ad for. I just hate these stupid questions. Tech people aren’t necessarily the best B.S. artists in the world, so it’s hard for some of us to play this little “game”.

402. dave - July 18, 2007

I quite my job about 5 months ago. partly because my supervisor and also it was coincident with me being diagnosed with an early cancer. the surgery went well and I am up and running and have an interview soon. I heard they will be keen to know why I quite. I am not to mention the supervisor but should I mention the cancer? isn’t it an negative thing, despite the fact that I am cured now.

403. Tom - July 18, 2007

I’ve had an interviewee ask me, “Which is more important to you…being liked or being respected?” I tried to straddle the fence and take the stand that both were important.

It was for a finance position and I think it ended up costing me the opportunity for a second interview. I’d recommend taking the respect angle.

404. E.T. - July 18, 2007

Hi this really helped me in my interview last week.. i got a invitation for my 2nd interview next week friday.. :D


405. arul - July 19, 2007

i want many interviw question papers, and about my self in this question, how should be represnt in correct manner and tell some example. some hr question and techanical question in c and c++.

406. deepmala bohra - July 19, 2007

please tell me about questions asked in interviews of biotechnology industries

407. CBC - July 19, 2007



My immediate response was to laugh and reply ‘As if I’m going to tell you that!’, which produced a hearty laugh from the panel. I was relieved. All of ‘the most’ embarrassing moments are going to be inappropriate. Thought I had got away with it, as was thinking something very very personal, when someone cleared their voice and said ‘ahem, no, really…’ and then all i could think about was that one really emabarrssing moment and nothing else.

In retrospect i should have said ‘well, this is getting close…’

But now I have being sick down the side of a freshly-cleaned bullet train at a platform in Tokyo, trying to aim it out of the open door between the platfomr edge and the side of the train onto the tracks by using my hands as a funnel. I looked up, and there, having just left the train, were the uniformed cleaning crew staring at me from the platform in complete disgust.

408. JASON - July 22, 2007

Here’s one for ‘What’s your greatest weakness?”

First start with the response given earlier in this blog: My innability to fully show my potential in a job interview such as this.

Then sell yourself by stating that while you work, you show passion and dedication to whatever task that’s assigned to you.

Then follow up with that by stating: The solution to that would be to offer me the position and then in 1-2 months after evaluating my performance, give me feedback on what my weaknesses are. I welcome feedback that helps me to improve what I do and make me a better employee.

If you try this, let me know how this worked out for you!

409. Teena Mann - July 23, 2007

is there a really good site, which as the questions and answers for Business Analyst?

410. Teena Mann - July 23, 2007

is there a really good site, which as the interview questions and answers for Business Analyst?

411. Banda Gift Austin - July 25, 2007

Hi please do send me some Interview Questions and Answers for the Warehouseman/Chauffuer position,

412. DJ - July 26, 2007

Worst questions I’ve ever seen asked (and was done so just to judge how you react to something you don’t expect and how you think on your feet) were:

“If you could paint your front door any color, which color would it be?”

“If you out on a boat and you dropped a cannon ball off the side, how long would it take to hit the bottom of the water?”

Kind of ridiculous if you ask me but I did actually get the job…by the way, for the 2nd question, I said “Honestly, I guess it would depend on the depth of the water, but my main concern would be why we were throwing away our ammo.”

413. sweety76 - July 26, 2007

Hi i just came back from thje interview and they want me to meet the director next time because he was not in today….so what do u think guys????? is it a positive response????i need your suggestion….Please wish i get this job….and yes this site ROCKS!!!!

414. Triple K - July 26, 2007

GOOD infromation guys Keep it up

415. Triple K - July 26, 2007

Good one Sweety76, thats a green light to meet the Director that means you have impressed them and all they need is confirmation fro the director and they can take you to the director if you were not yourself!!! WEll done

416. Triple K - July 26, 2007

Guys i have an interview tomo now the guys who are interviewing me are my friends outside work what would be the advice on how i should handle the interview!!!

417. sweety76 - July 27, 2007

Thanks triple K

418. karthic - July 27, 2007

hey…. good work…these will be really helpful i hope.. tthank u…

419. Ramdin - July 28, 2007

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420. Ramdin - July 28, 2007

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423. swetha - July 30, 2007

In my Interview the question asked is

“Why was your agreegate on a decline ,starting from High School-to-higher secondary-to-Graduation ”.
I foolishly say due to lack of concentration.I think this is not right answer.
please reply best answer for this question,because tomorrow there is an Interview for me.

424. seyram - July 31, 2007

i have an interview today and want to answers to the followig questions: tell us about yourself, do you drink, why should we employe you? tell us about your achievements. what are you worth.

425. jaxx - July 31, 2007

has anyone ever been asked about their GPA? just curious.

426. marketing - July 31, 2007

anyone have experience with a marketing or marketing assistant job interview?

427. Inglewood, CA Nobleman - August 1, 2007

Hello everyone, I just went in for an interview today and I have to say I feel 95-99% good about my chances of landing the job. I researched the company, made a list of responses or replies I would make about myself, both negative and positive, and went in there looking professional. I made myself comfortable before the interview in the lobby by joking inside my head and smiling slightly but no so obvious that I would look like an idiot.

I did a basic skills test regarding math and it was easy, nothing beyond algebra, but it was time consuming, and later proceeded to the interview. I was very relaxed, the individual who interviewed me was a great person, very positive person and not shady whatsoever. This helped me to relax even further. The interview felt more like a chat than an interview where we discussed what I had to offer. Needless to say, I was almost disappointed the interview was over when it ended (about 30 minutes).

Luckily there were no weird questions, or even any tough questions. The question that can probably be considered toughest was, “what would you improve about yourself?” and I had little trouble with it.

Hopefully they will call me back for another a second round.

428. khayee - August 2, 2007

I do not know what to write but i just feel like writing. I’m on my way to discovering new heights. I was surfing to this net to look for some possible or I might say best answers for job interviews. But I’m lost with lots of this stuff in the internet. Besides I’m running out of time. Will somebody lend me a hand?

429. Jason - August 2, 2007

Thanks for the information. I was asked these very same questions just yesterday. I know the lady used this site, do to the order of the questions she asked. I also believe I answered most of them well. However, I find it ridiculous! How about asking questions that pertain to the work? Good people being filtered out by people that don’t have a clue about IT/IS. {it could also be other departments. I only know about IT/IS} This website offers good information to have, but it is laughable. Not only do I need to make sure my resume is perfect. That when I apply for a position, I know how to achieve everything they are asking me to do. I also need to play games with arrogant goofballs that can’t do anything technical or ask technical questions. Yes people in HR.
Again thank you for this information. I will have the canned answers that don’t sound too rehearsed for the next interview.
Good luck to everyone looking for a job. It’s more a popularity issue than the amount knowledge you have.

430. thank you note - August 2, 2007

just a side note to everyone reading this, follow up your interview with a thank you note. put “ATTN:” name of the people who interviewed u. if there’s a tie, you’ll have the upper hand.

431. arjun - August 3, 2007

Do you have any principale towards job?
My answer will be - Don’t do the task which are acceptable, do the task which is right.

432. siva - August 4, 2007


433. sourav - August 4, 2007

i liked the collection & i am yet to face a job interview

434. The Real Ben - August 5, 2007

Smiling really helps too and if you’re goodlooking..like me!

If its a google job position, well forget it, you might as well start wearing glasses and acting nerdy. They love that.

Am I wrong in saying that?


435. Sajid Saiyad - August 5, 2007

Thaks a lot for this quations and answers.

436. srtdft - August 5, 2007

If an interviewer ask you what kind of animal you are and why, what do you suggest?

437. Tharsan - August 5, 2007

Lol..I would say a dog because it’s man’s best friend!

438. mandie - August 5, 2007

hi great site has anyone any tips on internal interviews i have an interview for quality co ordinator

439. Stephen - August 6, 2007

Another question that I find some interviewers ask in the UK is “What kind of boss do you like to work with?”

The expectation here is to determine how the candidate handles having to answer a question where the answer that might be most acceptable is unknown.

In my experience such a question has the same result as “tell me your weaknesses” because the interviewee will not say anything that is controversial.

440. Maniz - August 7, 2007

Yestrday, i hav attended the interview…..
questions they hav askd are..
tell me abt urself and why should we hire you??
the answers tht i hav provided were no sufficient……

Plz anyone gv better answers???

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442. Kyle - August 7, 2007

Greatest Strength : That Im a hardworker
Greatest Weakness : That I sometimes get frustrated that I am working hard and that my co-workers are not. I overcome this by staying focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and staying positive as well as not worrying that my co-workers may be slacking off.

443. Stephen - August 7, 2007

One aspect of the interview is the questions that should be asked of the interviewers.

This shows an understanding of the company (gained from the internet) and should also allow the interviewee to determine if the boss is someone that can act as a good employer.

My two favourite questions are as follows:

1) How would you describe the company’s management style?
(reward management / communication)
2) What efforts do you take to retain your top talent within the business? (Training/ communication etc)

444. MAHESH - August 7, 2007



445. Amanda - August 7, 2007

“37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?”

Um, how about a big no, hell no to this one? Why would I work for an organization that was against my own interests in the first place? It is possible to NOT hate where and why you work, people. Not every business in America (where I live and work) is a soul sucking job that makes you want to jump out your office window into oncoming traffic, even if some are.

446. Gav - August 7, 2007

Re: Do you have any weaknesses? / What’s your biggest weakness? Etc..
My inclination is always to ponder for just a moment, remarking that it’s a very difficult question to answer. Consider throwing in “Well, I can look a bit serious at times, but it’s only because I tend to get very involved in my work.” But the curve ball is this: “I don’t think I have any weaknesses that would affect my ability to perform well in this job!”

447. Heather - August 7, 2007

I am not sure how to answer the following questions, so let me know your thoughts-
What two major contributions will you provide to the department for short term, and also for long term?

Thanks for the input.

448. maniz - August 8, 2007

“why are you wearing pink color shirt”?


449. xuee - August 8, 2007

I have been asked to fill in the application job. how to answer this question? What is your ambition and why?

450. Jesse Smith - August 8, 2007

Thanks for the question examples. I’m autistic, so these will help big time. Luckly I got a two week advance notice to get ready for an interview, in eight days.

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453. Nitin Singh - August 10, 2007

I was in great confusion this site really helped

454. sweety76 - August 12, 2007

hi plz tell me how to start when in interview they ask about the work experiece.

455. Chris Kelly - August 13, 2007

I agree with Gav on the ‘What’s your biggest weakness’ question.

I always pause and say ‘this question always throws me because, while i know i am not perfect and realise that from time to time there may be areas that i need to work on or improve I cannot think of anything that i would consider a weakness’.

If asked to ellaborate on an area that i felt i needed to improve on in the past i always answer honestly with a minor flaw that would not have any great impact on the role i am applying for and then discuss how i improved on that flaw. . . eg,
In the past I noticed that I was a little dis-organized in the way i kept my work space, i had to work out a system for keeping my desk in a more organised way.

Or another time I said that in my first job after I left college I had trouble with time-keeping and punctuallity but luckily I was able to see it as a weakness and do something about it before it became a problem. Now i pride myself in always being on time and in my current job i received an award for my exceptional attendance and adherance. This was an interview for a job with Flexi-Time so lateness wasn’t an issue.

I always try to pick something that wouldn’t affect the current job but show that i have the ability to recognize weaknesses and work out how to fix them.

Another few tricky questions that I have come across quite a bit are;

- Tell me about a challenge you faced, How did you overcome it.
- What was the last thing you voluntered for.
- Tell me about a time you overcame a conflict.
- If you thought that something was being done wrong what would you do about it.
- If you addressed an issue with a Superior and you were told that is the way it is done around here and you can’t change it. What would you do?
- Here is a pen sell it to me. ( Sales interviews )
- What do you think this job involves?
- Ok, so you’ve had a look around our organization. What would you do to improve it? ( I hate that one )

456. Dan B - August 13, 2007

This is a reply to:
TR Bobby - August 19, 2006

Your criticism of the answer about perfectionist shows just how inexperienced you are across industries. Having been a hiring manager for many years in the IT industry I have found that the “perfectionist” flaw is indeed a real one at times. When dealing with programmers, QA analysts, BAs, and PMs that need to be extremely detail oriented most of the time it is not always easy for them to turn this characteristic off when they are asked to give a “rough pass” at something.

Most of the time people can do it, but there are some individuals that simply cannot. These people are the ones that put every ounce of themselves into their work even when it is not needed or desired. They just don’t have the ability to turn in what they consider to be “sub-par”, but apparently you are not one of those people and have not worked with them.

Extremely detail oriented people or perfectionists are very hard to find in a lot of industries, but for those of you out there that are interviewing for an IT related position, please do not discount that answer or wrongfully judge the person who gives it. Just ask them to give you an example how that has been a problem in the past. If they have to think about it, then maybe it is a canned answer. Just don’t write people off based upon the biased opinion of someone like “TR Bobby.”

I mean no disrespect to TR Bobby, but please do not negatively editorialize unless you are a subject matter expert in every sence of the term. It is far better to have a positive outlook on people.


457. Kameya - August 13, 2007

I’m not sure if this topic was discussed, but I’ve been interviewing with several companies over the past few weeks and have had this question/scenario thrown at me. “How do you deal with a supervisor/manager who’s unwilling to accept that he/she is performing a job function incorrectly?” (something to that nature) What are recruitment managers seeking when a candidate is answering that question? I believe it’s important to share ideas and explore options to get the job done, but if leadership is unwilling to you suggest your way, or allow them to continue on a path of distruction?

458. okraveg - August 15, 2007

I have taken an aptitude test for a company and need to send an email thanking them. (I did well and will get an interview) But, I don’t know how long it will be before the interview. How should I ask this without sounding to pushy in the email?

459. Zora - August 16, 2007

This has also helped me so much.
Thank you all, including the people responding, for the tips.
I have an Interview in an hour. I’ll use this the best I can.

Thank you, again.

460. Lebogang - August 16, 2007

Thank your for the tips, it really helped a lot and i’m very muach sure that i will be the best candidate

461. forlogos - August 16, 2007

this is a great post!! thanks!!

462. MANJUNATH - August 17, 2007

plz tell me such websites INTERVIEW ANSWERS was available

463. MANJUNATH - August 17, 2007

plz tell me such websites INTERVIEW ANSWERS was available
I spent lot of money to institutes learn for these methods

464. Anna - August 17, 2007

Thanks. Example questions are always helpful… especially to those who are attending their first interview.

465. tanuja - August 18, 2007

hi help me with these questions….im a doctor and need to reply these questions for applying for the post.
1. Briefly describe your ideal job?

2. Why did you choose this career?
7. Do you have reference list?

8. Why do you want to work here?

9. Why should we hire you over the others waiting to be interviewed?

10. Give us details of your present Employment Status.

11. How soon can you travel down to any Location posted you(united kingdom)?

12. What three Specific Job Positions do you target from the Company?

13. Give us your full details on the Following; Full Name, Permanent Mailing address, Office/Work Mailing Address, Direct Contact Number(s), E-mail addresses (es).

14. What is your Country of Nationality? Is it different from your Present Location?

15. What is your Future Plans for the Hospital if Permanently Employed?

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467. meenakshi kaul - August 18, 2007

hi i am working as an HR in a Bank and taking interviews is my daily activities…..i do not know wether you will be able to help me out with this ore not…..what kind of role dose body language play in the interview…? are there any king of questions that can be asked in an interview to judge a person’s attitude and behaviour.can you give some examples….that will help me and i am sure other people also who go for intervies….

468. P.K(Pinakin) & Arshi - August 20, 2007

We got Our some answer in which we had confusion.

Thank you lot off
from Pinakin(P.K) and Arshi

469. P.K(Pinakin) & Arshi - August 20, 2007

Give me my answer
1) What is your weakness?

470. Raghu kishore - August 20, 2007

felling my self bad for not achieving the set target or goals at desired time set by me,which make me to worka bit harder for the next time..

471. kim - August 21, 2007

what is the best answer for the question tell me about youself?

472. d - August 21, 2007

please give me an answer

1. what are your potentials

473. Sandeep - August 22, 2007

I am very much deprresed that I was not able to get addm for MBA , Now I am trying to get diverted towards Animation and to do MBA externally from any deemed univ or to work in BPO,

Please suggest me in which industry I should go for …
Animation or BPO …?

474. Manju - August 22, 2007

It has helped me a lot to prepare for the interveiw and after it has helped me to face the HR while asking the personal ambitions at the time of apprasial

Just i want to know , what is the correct answer for How long do you work

475. AssEye - August 22, 2007

Probably best answer fro 1) What is your weakness? is
“Answering trully to every question” (is my biggest weaknes)

476. pratap Das - August 24, 2007

Excellent tips, Good and helpful enough. Thanks a lot.

477. patrice - August 28, 2007

i have a interwiew 2 morro with a clothing store at the mall im so nervous!!!! but this has really helped me .thanks!!!

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479. pradeep kumar - September 2, 2007

thank u for giving me a lot of confidence to attend the interviews .u given very good information abt the interviews and how to told the answers with respectively .thanks sir.Thank u my dear friends 4r giving thier own thoughts & suggestions on interviews.


480. chris - September 3, 2007

Wow…There are a lot of interviewers with personal issues!!! The one post where the interviewer said if the interviewee answered every question without hesitation, then I would be questioning how many interviews the candidate has been on, and why he/she has not been hired.???!!! R u serious??? Why the hell would you come up with that!!! Your the reason why candidate wouldn’t get the job!!! Do you feel great about that??? Ruining a persons chance of getting a job b/c of your beliefs, or what YOU think is right, or wrong!!! You suck

481. GCV - September 3, 2007

I`m off to an interview on the 5th Sep. These are a few of the questions I managed to get hold of:

Please summarise your career aspirations and your reasons for applying for a position within the Food Industry. What research have you done for your application? What else do you want to know and why?

Describe a time when you were proactive in seeking responsibility for a task or activity. What were you trying to achieve? How did you know you were doing the right thing?

What is the biggest ‘people problem’ you have faced when working in a team? What part did you play in creating and/or resolving the problem? What did you learn from the experience?

Describe a time when you simply had too much to do and you needed help. What did you do? How did you feel at the time?

Tips would be gratefully accepted.

482. SHAH_BABA - September 4, 2007

i need help on this Question

Please give an example of what you have done to build a good team spirit when working with others. Please include details of what you did, how you contributed personally to the outcome and what you learnt.

what do i say

483. kumar - September 6, 2007

Its rally very very good.

484. SHAH_BABA - September 6, 2007

Can any 1 help me plz what should i say.

What is your biggest achievement so far? Please describe what obstacles / setbacks you have had to overcome to achieve this.

485. Chrissy - September 6, 2007

In my interview last week, the guy asked me: what do you think my perception is of you right now?

i felt like shouting out: i frikking hope u like me! altho i think i just stared blankly at him for a while and babbled a bit…. :|

486. Ajith Kumar - September 8, 2007

This is realy good and worth to read.


Ajith Kumar,
Manager - HR & Administration,
Talent resources
Doha - Qatar.

487. benicio - September 10, 2007

I was once asked to explain the color red to a visually impaired person.

gee how should i know that?
i told him that once you put a redlight behind closed eyes, the blind could determine the color.

And i was rejected.
did he really think i knew such?

488. Angelo Shore - September 11, 2007

hi guys, could u help me to answer the question like ” what’s yr plan for next 5 years since u’ve been hired?”
that came from the interview i had yesterday. i answerd ” i’d like to develop my career in yr company and try to extend my education to get a master degree in 5 years (i’m a bachelor of civil engineering graduat) by part-time study)”
my answer correct?

489. sachin gupta - September 13, 2007

how will say my introduction . give me any reply i should be give my information to you or not .

490. sachin gupta - September 13, 2007

how will say my introduction . give me any reply i should be give my information to you or not .PLZ FAST

491. pumpkin - September 13, 2007

Thankyou for the information I really hope that it does me some good, I have been practicing so I’ma pray and try to do my best, but I appreciate the advice and questions. Thanks and God Bless.

492. Mike - September 13, 2007

Great site !! Its interesting to see the different questions and answers.

I have one technique that has helped me get 3 job offers, and I took 2 of them. I hestitate to tell them, but I wish to share them for the benefit of everyone. Just don’t use them where I’m interviewing in the future…. LOL.

At any point in the interview, if they haven’t suggested it to you, ask to see the area/office that you would be working in, or mention something positive/negative that you may have seen in the parking lot, bathroom, cafeteria, lounge, anywhere. Make it seem that you have been “looking” at their company as well as them looking at you.

It really takes the interviewer by surprise if you ask for a brief tour, since they probably haven’t budgeted time for this request, and it puts them on the defensive to show the good side of the company. I actually was able to land a job because I asked to see the manufacturing floor I would be responsible for, instead of seeing it on day one. The hiring manager said she NEVER had someone ask to see where they would be working before they were hired, and she said that impressed her.

Wouldn’t YOU like to see where you would be working before you said “yes” ? If your office was next to the bathroom, or 5 steps from the loading dock, or next to the timeclock, would you be very productive every day? Do you buy a car without at least driving first? Do you buy a house without inspecting it? A job should be no different.

493. ahmad adam - September 13, 2007

thanks for this big effort ana god will help you so much as you help us

494. sobrina - September 15, 2007


I went to my first interview and they asked me about salary and my answer was lower than what is expected in the industry. now they called for the second interview, i really want this job and i am just graduated and it is my first professional job in IT sector. I was wondering how I can fix the mistake that i made in the first interview about the salary? I really really want the job and i am sure i will have great future with this company. but i messed up the salary question, what should i do?

please help me, many thanks

495. Florida dude - September 17, 2007

i used this for my homework..fuck yeah!!

496. Ingrid - September 17, 2007

Awesome. I am in state government and this has been so helpful. I will post some great stuff I have found as well once I get past the interview. I am researching right now.

497. gvs - September 17, 2007

please read all interviews which will imorove your ccc skills

498. Mike - September 17, 2007


I doubt you can really bring up the salary again. That’s probably one of the reasons they’re bringing you in for a second interview. If you gave them a specific number, you’ve basically locked yourself into that. If you gave them a range, you have some room to negotiate. Go towards the high end of the range if you can. ALWAYS give them a range, never a specific number, unless they ask what your salary was at a previous other job (they can find out anyways, so you might as well just tell them)

Maybe you could try for some other benefits, like flex time, extra days off, laptop computer, work from home. Ask if your work can be reviewed in 3-6 months, and maybe you can negotiate for some extra money.

Being that this is your first job, you may not have alot of stuff you can ask for. Use it as a learning experience, if anything. Sorry.

499. LeeLee - September 18, 2007

Can someone help with the following:
Describe Success and professionlism

Well I put them in my own words, but for whatever reason I never get the job. I dont know if I am answering wrong or what. I know the definition of them both but I am not sure where I go wrong.

500. Serafino Raimondo - September 19, 2007

they’ll have you suicidal suicida. Serafino Raimondo.

501. ashish - September 20, 2007

see it

502. TTTTTTT - September 20, 2007

ANIMAL = DOLPHIN (everyones loves them) they are smart and easily trained…. aka I learn quick, hire me

503. Doye - September 20, 2007

This is quite comprehensive and i have really learnt a lot from it. I have an interview tomorrow morning and i know i am going to get the job. This has really been helpful

504. Anil Malhotra - September 21, 2007

I get very confused / embarassed when the interviewer asks me the quaetion ” So, Mr. Anil why do you want to change your current job when you are getting the best in the industry, your Employer and co-workers appreciate your performance, and even when you are also enjoying your job”.

and the situation worsens when they ask

” I can’t believe that you want to change your job just for a better position / salary package or just because you believe we are better than your present Employer and you want to learn or do something new”.

505. jason - September 21, 2007

thank you…

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508. artin - September 24, 2007


509. eduardo barnillo - September 24, 2007

What do you consider is the most important when working with customers?

510. sala - September 25, 2007

I had one questions which I wasn’t too sure of when I replied. The question was ” what does success mean to you”.

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513. bob sanster - September 26, 2007

well, you should probably contact the po,ice with your banana problem, unless you are following the rainbow

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517. JB - September 29, 2007

I do a fair number of interviews as an interviewer, and one item I haven’t seen covered yet in these comments is the need to be prepared for situational questions. These will give a scenario to the interviewee and ask for a response, usually along the lines of “How would you handle the situation?” Important points to remember are prioritization of tasks, following generally accepted procedures/best management practices, and not going above your pay grade/responsibility in making decisions. That said, make sure to answer in a way that shows you can get the job done.
Lastly, I agree with TR Bobby…the weakness question sucks.

518. Mark - October 1, 2007

Hi people!

I have an important interview for a notorious UK Bank tomorrow (graduate position) and I really want to thank you all for all the tips given.

It sounds like a common statement to say, but work out things with honesty. It is more profitable than you think.

Regarding the “talk about your weknesses” question I will tell the truth about myself, that is: I tend to be shy with people I don’t know and to overcome this, at University, I spoke with as many unknown students as possible, at meetings/classes and even parties.
I then realised it wasn’t a real problem, but only a little fear inside myself. And when you overcome your fears, it made you stronger.

Hope it can help.

519. KUNDA - October 2, 2007

plz tell me what r the questions asked in the interview related to s/w testing? that will be my first interview in US.

520. ARAThi - October 3, 2007

Actually i am a science back ground .now i am selected my profession in accounts.So pls answer the question why do like to choose this field?

521. Pooja - October 5, 2007

I have always made up to final round & then get rejected in the Operation manager round. Because of questions like why did you leave your current job? I have worked for 3yrs in an organisation as an accountant & admin & in a call center for 1 yr which i had to leave as i was unable to handle almost 120calls in day due to health problems & working for US shift. I quit the company 8 months back & still jobless don know what to say when asked. I have also done Fashion desingning but really dint work in this field as it was a 1yr course, dint fetch me a job besides this i have done B.A. Im always asked why dint you choose job in your field? Why there is so much of confusion in your resume? whats your weakness? Its become great challenge for me to get a job. Seriously dont know what to do please help me with these questions.

522. Lukin4ajob - October 5, 2007

Firstly, great site n great tips. have an interview with a biggg finance company in a hour so helped me brush up my skills.

Mark, thts a great weekness answer. im gona use it if asked. thanks!!

523. Jon - October 7, 2007

With regards to the ‘weakness’ question, I think the best answer is to be honest and point out a weakness in a skill and NOT a personality trait.

For example I might say while I have great IT skills, I do not know that many software packages outside of the usual Microsoft Office and internet programmes. Obviously if the job involves knowing a lot of progammes this would be a bad answer, but generally it is a good answer because it really just focuses on something that can easily changed and is not an inherent flaw in your personality.

This one may not be useful to everyone; but the idea is be honest and talk about something that can be improved on which is skill-based raterh than personality based.

524. YVES LEON - October 8, 2007

i don’t have nothing to say, just good jobs.