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Job Interview Preparation

January 15, 2012

Job interviews can be the leading cause in ulcers for job seekers. Every little aspect can be nerve wracking–from picking out the right outfit to wondering if your handshake was firm enough. You’re never going to get rid of all of the nerves, but there are ways to make sure the process is less stressful. One way of doing this is preparing for the most common interview questions. Here’s a list of some of them, along with ways they can be answered:

  • “Why do you want to work here?”-This one shouldn’t be too difficult to answer. You did apply for the job for a reason, right? Make sure you answer this question by emphasizing how well it gels with your interests and career skills.
  • “How do you cope with multiple assignments?”-Don’t you just love questions that have only one right answer? That’s what this question is. Most jobs require you to be great at multitasking, so there really is no need to tell any white lies. Just make sure you speak confidently, and try to use anecdotes to enhance your answer.
  • “What experience do you have with deadlines?”-This is another question that gives you a great opportunity to tell a story. This is a great time to let your experience shine.
  • “How do you deal with criticism?”-This is a tough question. Let’s face it, most people don’t like the idea of being told that they are wrong. Start your answer by saying that it’s not your favorite thing in the world, but you’ve learned that it’s a great way to grow. You should also bring up an example of how criticism has helped you in the past.
  • “How do you deal with a bad supervisor?”-This question is designed to see how you deal with difficult circumstances. If you’ve never had a bad supervisor, create an anecdote on how you think you would deal with one.

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