Could you have done better in your last job?
This is no time for true confessions of major or even minor problems.
never be negative.
“I suppose with the benefit of hindsight you can always find things to do
better, of course, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything of major
(If more explanation seems necessary)
Describer a situation that didn’t suffer because of you but from external conditions
beyond your control.
For example, describe the disappointment you felt with a test campaign, new product
launch, merger, etc., which looked promising at first, but led to underwhelming results.
wish we could have known at the start what we later found out (about the economy
turning, the marketplace changing, etc.), but since we couldn’t, we just had to go for it.
And we did learn from it…”
Can you work under pressure?
An easy question, but you want to make your answer
Absolutely…(then prove it with a vivid example or two of a goal or
project accomplished under severe pressure.)
What makes you angry?
You don’t want to come across either as a hothead or a wimp.
Give an answer that’s suited to both your personality and the
management style of the firm.
Here, the homework you’ve done about the company and
its style can help in your choice of words.
If you are a reserved person and/or the corporate culture is coolly
“I’m an even-tempered and positive person by nature, and I believe this helps me a great
deal in keeping my department running smoothly, harmoniously and with a genuine
esprit de corps.
I believe in communicating clearly what’s expected, getting people’s
commitment to those goals, and then following up continuously to check progress.”
“If anyone or anything is going off track, I want to know about it early.
If, after that kind
of open communication and follow up, someone isn’t getting the job done, I’ll want to