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What is your biggest failure to date? 

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What interests you about the position offered?

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A seemingly simple question that is often difficult to answer, it can result in a great interview going disastrously wrong.


Here "What interests you about the position offered?" is a problematic question for anyone, even the most prepared interview candidate. It is one of those questions that might decide between selected individuals who have the same qualifications and experience.


When asked "what about this job interests you", the interviewer wants to know why you decided to apply specifically for this job and why do you consider this position fitting you and your career plans.


The best bet is to take the most important element of the said job and talk about it.


For example if the job requires effective team work capabilities, you may construct your answer in this way:


Question: What is the 'thing' that interests you about this job?


Answer: One of the things that are of my best interests in this job is the opportunity to work in a team environment. I always wanted to work with hard-working, professional, experienced people. I love contributing the team effort, bringing out the best in myself and in my teammates for fulfilling our work goals and reaching top results.


I trust that I can perform great by applying sound principles of teamwork as I did in my previous jobs. I seek timely and consistent feedback designed to improve not only my performance as well but the team’s performance as well. I consult with people, try my best and treat everyone positively/equally.


 


Tips to follow while answering this question ::



1. Be Specific


2. Be Truthful


3. Be Real

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Do you know the differences between Resume, C.V and Bio-Data ?

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Describe a time when you made a mistake ?

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Mention the mistake and be honest about it, but always make sure that you follow it up with what you learnt from that episode and the improvements it has brought to your efficiency.

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How many hours do you normally work?

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I have always been able to perform and keep a competent work schedule that allows me to work with the same number of hours per week. Certainly, when I am working on a particularly important or difficult project, I am happy to hardly increase those hours to produce my best work.

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Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it?

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When I was working on a software employment team at XYZ Company, we took over one more company and had to turn many clients to a new product in a short period of time. It took a lot of planning, hard work, time and effort, but we were able to finish the project in a timely manner.


 

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What do you like to do when you're not at work?

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Be sure to emphasize those activities that may complement your on-the-job duties. For Example, if you're applying for a  position as a book-store manager, mentioning that you read three books per a week is highly appropriate. 

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Why are you looking for a New job?

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Why Are You Looking For A New Job?

Purpose - This question is asked to get some insights into your personality and your relationship with your last job, colleagues and employer. So you should be careful while answering this question.

1. Never bad-mouth your former employers.
Why? It is very simple as the interviewer will envision that you will bad-mouth them when you decide to leave, and nobody wants bad rumors about themselves or their company.

2. Never bad-mouth your previous co-workers.
Why? This world is too small, your co-workers could be a friend, relative of the interviewer.

3. Never bad-mouth about the responsibilities and tasks you performed at your previous job.
Why? Thinking that the new employer would give you great responsibilities and tasks and if you give a hate speech on the previous job responsibilities and activities and to your surprise if your interviewer is thinking about similar tasks for this position, you have already given a reason to quit the new job which you have not yet got. So guess, the chances of you getting the job is Nil.

Keep the answer short and try not to disclose too much. A straight answer is best and as stated above avoid negative statements about yourself, your work, or your ability to get along with others.

E.g.
My organization was forced to downsize.

Our department was eliminated due to corporate restructuring.

I am looking for a bigger challenge and to grow my career.

I am relocating to this area due to family ( Marriage, Kids Education etc...)

I received degree and want to utilize my new skills in this new position.

I am interested in a job with more responsibility and challenges.

I am seeking a position with a stable company with room for growth and opportunity for advancement.

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What are your weaknesses?

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What are your weaknesses?


This is a very common interview question for many jobs across industries. Most people feel Answering strengths is easy but weaknesses is difficult. If approached the right way this question will give you chance to build trust. You have 3 options/approaches to answer this question. 


1. Deny having any weaknesses. This approach is least common and surely not the way to go.


2. Spin a Weakness into a strength. Like, "I'm a perfectionist" or "I care too much"


Note - This is very common approach and some interviewers think you are not being honest. 


3. Give an honest answer (Recommended). Answer the question honestly without shooting yourself in the foot. 


E.g. My weakness is public speaking, I am working on it. Ofcourse make sure this is not the primary requirement of the job. 

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