Why do you want to work at our company?
TRAPS: This question tests whether youve done any homework about the firm. If you havent,
you lose. If you have, you win big.
BEST ANSWER: This question is your opportunity to hit the ball out of the par
What do you worry about?
TRAPS: Admit to worrying and you could sound like a loser. Saying you never worry doesnt
BEST ANSWER: Redefine the word worry so that it does not reflect negatively on you.
Example: I wouldnt call it wo
Tell me something negative youve heard about our
TRAPS: This is a common fishing expedition to see what the industry grapevine may be saying
about the company. But its also a trap because as an outsider, you never want to be the bearer
What was the toughest challenge youve ever faced?
TRAPS: Being unprepared or citing an example from so early in your life that it doesnt score
many points for you at this stage of your career.
BEST ANSWER: This is an easy question if youre pre
Where could you use some improvement?
TRAPS: Another tricky way to get you to admit weaknesses. Dont fall for it.
BEST ANSWER: Keep this answer, like all your answers, positive. A good way to answer this
question is to identify a cutting-edge
Would you lie for the company?
TRAPS: This another question that pits two values against one another, in this case loyalty
BEST ANSWER: Try to avoid choosing between two values, giving a positive statement which
covers all b
What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
TRAPS: Giving an unprepared or irrelevant answer.
BEST ANSWER: Be prepared with a good example, explaining why the decision was difficult
the process you followed in reaching itthe courageou
Can you work under pressure?
TRAPS: An easy question, but you want to make your answer believable.
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely(then prove it with a vivid example or two of a goal or project
accomplished under severe pressure.)
Running head: REMEMBERING THE TITANS
Remembering the Titans
REMEMBERING THE TITANS
The movie Remember the Titans is an American sports film that was released in the year
2000.The film is based on a true story of high school football p
What good books have you read lately?
TRAPS: As in all matters of your interview, never fake familiarity you dont have. Yet you dont
want to seem like a dullard who hasnt read a book since Tom Sawyer.
BEST ANSWER: Unless youre up for a positio
What are your career options right now?
TRAPS: The interviewer is trying to find out, How desperate are you?
BEST ANSWER: Prepare for this question by thinking of how you can position yourself as a
desired commodity. If you are still working,
Could you have done better in your last job?
TRAPS: This is no time for true confessions of major or even minor problems.
BEST ANSWER: Again never be negative.
Example: I suppose with the benefit of hindsight you can always find things to do b
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
TRAPS: One reason interviewers ask this question is to see if youre settling for this position,
using it merely as a stopover until something better comes along. Or they could be trying to
Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill
managing ability, etc.)
TRAPS: The worst offense here is simply being unprepared. Your hesitation may seem as if
youre having a hard time remembering the last time you were creative, anal
What are your outside interests?
TRAPS: You want to be a well-rounded, not a drone. But your potential employer would be
even more turned off if he suspects that your heavy extracurricular load will interfere with your
commitment to your work
Youve been with your firm a long time. Wont it be hard
switching to a new company?
TRAPS: Your interviewer is worried that this old dog will find it hard to learn new tricks.
BEST ANSWER: To overcome this objection, you must point to the many
The Hypothetical Problem
TRAPS: Sometimes an interviewer will describe a difficult situation and ask, How would you
handle this? Since it is virtually impossible to have all the facts in front of you from such a short
presentation, dont fall i
Looking back on your last position, have you done your best
TRAPS: Tricky question. Answer absolutely and it can seem like your best work is behind
you. Answer, no, my best work is ahead of me, and it can seem as if you didnt give it you
About the 64 questions.
You might feel that the answers to the following questions are canned, and that they will
seldom match up with the exact way you are asked the questions in actual interviews. The
questions and answers are designed to be as specific
What do you for when you hire people?
TRAPS: Being unprepared for the question.
BEST ANSWER: Speak your own thoughts here, but for the best answer weave them around
the three most important qualifications for any position.
1. Can the person do
How many hours a week do you normally work?
TRAPS: You dont want to give a specific number. Make it to low, and you may not measure
up. Too high, and youll forever feel guilty about sneaking out the door at 5:15.
BEST ANSWER: If you are in fac
Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote
someone from within?
TRAPS: This question isnt as aggressive as it sounds. It represents the interviewers own
dilemma over this common problem. Hes probably leaning toward you already
Why arent you earning more money at this stage of your
TRAPS: You dont want to give the impression that money is not important to you, yet you want
to explain why your salary may be a little below industry standards.
BEST ANSWER: You l
Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of
your boss (company, management team, etc.)
TRAPS: Skillfull interviewers sometimes make it almost irresistible to open up and air a little
dirty laundry from your previous position. D
Tell me about the most boring job youve ever had.
TRAPS: You give a very memorable description of a very boring job. Result? You become
associated with this boring job in the interviewers mind.
BEST ANSWER: You have never allowed yourself to g
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
TRAPS: The two traps here are unpreparedness and irrelevance. If you grope for an answer, it
seems youve never been inspired. If you ramble about your high school basketball coach,
youve wasted an opp
May I contact your present employer for a reference?
TRAPS: If youre trying to keep your job search private, this is the last thing you want. But if
you dont cooperate, wont you seem as if youre trying to hide something?
BEST ANSWER: Express y
What would you say to your boss if hes crazy about an idea,
but you think it stinks?
TRAPS: This is another question that pits two values, in this case loyalty and honesty, against
Remember the rule
How could you have improved your career progress?
TRAPS: This is another variation on the question, If you could, how would you live your life
over? Remember, youre not going to fall for any such invitations to rewrite person history. You
Whats the most difficult part of being a (job title)?
TRAPS: Unless you phrase your answer properly, your interviewer may conclude that whatever
you identify as difficult is where you are weak.
BEST ANSWER: First, redefine difficult to be chal