Interview Questions and Answers : 101 Common Q&A for Candidates – Part 1

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Interview Questions and Answers : 101 Common Q&A for Candidates

1. Could you tell me something about yourself?
It is uncommon for anyone to walk into an interview without being asked this
question. Though, people be likely to to make the mistake of answering it with
parts of their personal life.
In its place, the right way to answer this is to deliver a short summary (a
maximum of 1 minute and 30 seconds) of your educational and professional
record. However, it would be even well to highlight any benefits and skills that
you have which are directly connected to the position you are applying for.

Here is a sample reply:
I have been working as the research associate of Professor A in the last 2 years.
Through that practice, I was able to increase deeper knowledge about people
management and even developed my management skills. Last year, I was given
the chance to present our research plan on Project XYZ, and it was such a great
time for me when the XYZ panel accepted it. Now that we have finished the
project, I am hoping to face even bigger tasks in this industry with your group.

2. What are your biggest achievement?
You must take care to listen cautiously as to how the interviewer asked this
query. If he or she is asking for only one achievement, then be ready to elaborate
on your biggest one to date. If the question seeks more than one answer, you
should have at least three accomplishments prepared to be described.
Anyway, you must make sure that your answer is related to the position you are
applying for. It should also disclose to the interviewer how your achievement has
or have helped others (such as your previous company).
Here are some of the key ideas or phrases that an interviewer may want to hear:
lowered costs, more profit, a more piece of the market share, increased
popularity of the company, better relationships among other investors, and
reduced or elimination of mistakes.
Aside from talking about the details of the achievement itself, you should also
sure to highlight how it is connected to the position you want, especially if there
does not appear to be a direct link at first.

Here is a sample reply:
One of my major achievements was when I was able to aid our charity
organization raise X dollars. It was exactly for the educational scholarship of
fifty-two children in X country who came from deprived families. It was such an
inspiring experience to have exercised my managerial skills to help the team
ease marathons for a cause and our other projects to be able to reach our goal.

3. What are your strengths?
Your answer to this question would be subject to on what the organization is
looking for in an applicant, therefore it is important that you take a good look at
the job announcement. Highlight these qualities and skills and think of any
activities which are related to these so that you could share them to the
interviewer. This way, you are not just “demanding” to possess these strengths,
but also have the knowledge to back it up.

Here is a sample reply:
I once received acknowledgement for my managerial skills when I was a
Marketing Assistant for Company XYZ so I can safely say that that is one of my
biggest strong point. My previous employer once told me as well that I had
talent in the creative department, especially after I helped found three new
marketing policies that helped increase the company’s online presence.

4. What are your weaknesses?
Interviewers not only need to know how well you can sell yourself at face value,
but also how self-aware you are. Never say that you do not have any faults
because you might come off as just a bit proud or that you do not know much
about yourself.
In its place, choose a minor weakness of yours that has no significance to the
position you are applying for. And, as soon as you have stated it, you should talk
about how you were able to overcome – or are working towards overcoming –

Here is a sample reply:
I have the tendency to be too careful at times, even when I’m getting really near
to the deadline of a task. I got into some worry with that in the past, but because
of that experience I was able to make a balance between speed and paying
attention to part. Lately, I seek feedback from my peers whenever I find myself
becoming too keen on the details to find out whether it is essential or not.

5. How often did you usually go on leave from work?
Interviewers fear to hire anyone who always goes to work late or who often
takes a couple of days off due to some cause or other. Of course, this question is
an easy one to answer if you have a really good record (with five or less sick
leaves within the last few years, for example).
But, if you have a colorful absence or sickness record, then you need to be ready
to give a solid cause for that. Make sure to emphasize that this issue has been
solved and will not let you affect your performance and presence at work
anymore. Never pretend that your record is not taint-free when it is, since it is all
too easy for the company to pull it up.

Here is a sample reply:
Last year, I had to take 2 weeks off from work because I was diagnosed with
Hepatitis C. However, I have completely well again from that and now that I am
healthy, I assure you that there will not be any difficulties like this anymore.

6. How well do you work under pressure?
I hope, this question will not make you feel too worried as you answer it.
Naturally, the reply would be yes but aside from that, you also need to share a
professional skill in which you were able to handle well in spite of the pressure.
If the position itself includes a certain amount of stress, you must highlight that
you really love working under pressure (but be truthful about this as well, of

Here is a sample reply:
I really thrive in a fast-paced environment! I would much rather work under
pressure than stay in an ordinary job. I enjoy facing new tasks because it permits
me to be dynamic and inspired in what I do.
On the other hand, if the job is not truly that worrying, then you must take care
not to give the interviewer the idea that you like stress, otherwise they might feel
that the job will bore you.

Here is a sample reply:
While I do not have any fears about working under pressure, I do enjoy a job
where I can master exact skills and really get into the particulars. I have always
thought that quality should never be lost for the sake of amount.

7. How technologically know-how are you? 

If you are applying for a position that needs you to make use of new technology,
you must come to the interview fully ready. This means you need to have already
knowledgeable the ropes regarding the kind of technology they use. Now, you
will find sufficiently of free video tutorials online on how to use these types of
software, so spend some time into practicing those skills. If you think you want
more help, then you can sign up for an exercise course or ask a tech-savvy friend
to tutor you.
Once you are prepared with the right know-how, you should then keep a mental
list of all the software you can use fine. You should also highly specific cases of
when you used them.

Here is a sample reply:
I am quite expert at using X software, specifically when I was responsible for
responding to client emails and over-the-phone enquiries. I am also used to with
Y program and I found it to be very useful when I had to design the company
catalog a few months ago.

8. How well do you manage your time?
Any employer would want someone who is highly time aware and is able to
manage a variety of responsibilities well throughout the day. Such a capability
means that the person is someone you can depend on when it comes to providing
quality output on time.
To answer this question, you need to make sure that you can really walk the talk.
The key is to adjust the principle of always placing first tasks that are both
crucial and significant. Let them know that you follow this and then support your
claim with an example.

Here is a sample reply:

I am quite satisfied of how I am able to manage my time proficiently and it is
because I always start the day by beginning the most significant and most urgent
task first. For instance, two weeks ago a client who wanted me to process the
delivery of the stocks sooner than what was arranged. Around the same time, our
head manager wanted me to present a report. It was not possible for me to do
both so I requested my co-employee to development the delivery for the client
while I presented the report to the manager. Only after that did I follow up with
the client to make sure that the delivery has been made.

9. Why should we hire you?
It is predictable that this question is asked near the end of the interview, and it
serves as a chance for you to leave a lasting impress. However, some
interviewers have activated toying with the idea of using it as one of the main
questions before they dig deeper into your skills; a way of “cutting to the chase,”
so to speak. Regardless of when this question is asked, it is important for you to
be prepared to answer it.
The best way to answer this is to be ready with three to five key abilities that you
have which show you are the perfect person for the position. Again, refer to the
job advert to find these capabilities.
Aside from sales yourself well, you must also let the interviewer sense how
significant it is for you to get the position. One way of doing that is by praising
the company for its status, vision and accomplishments; this will also let the
interviewer know how much you know about them.

Here is a sample reply:
You should hire me because I have the managerial, presentational, and team
management skills that your company is looking for. I am also passionate about
given that excellent customer service to the clients of Company XYZ. I have
always deeply respected the company’s ambition to enlarge the service from
local to international and I want to be a part of its growing success.

10. How well do you take instructions?
The last thing any human resources department wants is to contract with
someone who has issues with authority. Often, this person is someone who finds
it tough to work as part of a team and to identify the hierarchy of the
organization. If you are sure that the organization you are applying to values
power construction, then you need to let them know that you respect it.

Here is a sample reply:
I am respectful to authority and I have no problems with taking instructions. In
fact, I admire it when an employer knows correctly what needs to be done and
gives plans so that a project can be done smoothly and efficiently. I also think it
is an advantage to receive orders from a superior because I regard it as a form of
On the other hand, if the organization falls under a more “liberal” way of
running things, then you can strike a pleasant balance between being respectful
and being more flexible.

Here is a sample reply:
I have the top regard for authority, so I respect the directions given to me by a
superior. Yet at the same time, I would not call myself just a drone who blindly
follows orders. If a particular task is something that confuses me or if I consider
it to be something that will not be most helpful to the organization, then I will
have to ask my superior to discuss the matter further. Once explained and
verified that the choice is good for the company, I will definitely respect and
follow through with the task.

11. How do you deal with stress at work?
As easy as this question might sound, some people really respond to it in a notso-convincing way. Whenever a personal reply pops into your mind, think about
whether it might be perceived by the interviewer in a bad light.
For example, the idea of having a few drinks at the local bar to “de-stress” might
sound totally normal (and it very well may be), but if someone else replied with
something that is sports-related or has to do with mindfulness consideration, then
they may have a higher chance of moving the interviewer.
Instead, think of a few de-stressing activities that are more socially suitable (and
which you truly do). It can be something as simple as talking to your partner
about it or applying reduction techniques. Find something that you might have in
common with the image your prospective company wants to preserve and that
will then be your response.

Here is a sample reply:
What I like to do whenever I get stressed out is I go to the gym and sweat it off.
I’ve always believed that exercise is a great stress reliever. But there are also
times when a great dinner out with good friends helps me to relieve stress, be it
from work or not.

12. Do you use Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram?
This question depends on the nature of the job you are applying for. If it is for a
marketing position that will force you to use social media most of the time, your
answer would be different than if the position needs you to be more focused on
other tasks.
However, try to avoid saying anything that might make the interviewer feel as if
you do not use social media at all. They still need someone who knows how to
use technology well. If you think you still need to know more about these sites,
then you must learn to direct through the basics first before you walk into the
So, if the situation is that you will need to use social media frequently as part of
your job, state that you frequent them but put more stress on your ability to
navigate through the system. This will let them know that you know your way
around these tools of the trade.

Here is a sample reply:
I do use social media on a daily base because I like to stay up-to-date on the
latest news and trends shared by my network. I especially like to create
exceptional content such as digital art and short blog posts and share them to my
friends online. However, I never browse whenever I have a significant task to
work on.
If you are being interviewed for a position that might not allow you to use social
media during work hours, then the best response it to let them know that you do
use Facebook, but only on occasion such as at the end of the day after you have
completed all your more important tasks.

Here is a sample reply:
I do go on social media, but only on time to check up on how my relatives and
friends are doing. I follow a exacting rule which does not allow me to get
distracted by anything, least of all Facebook or Twitter, whenever I need to work
on important tasks. This rule has helped me get the job done well and on time,
every time.
If you are not as adept at using these social media sites, or if you had an account
but decided to delete it, you can honestly tell them that but emphasize that you
appreciate the value of these innovations.
Here is a sample reply:
I used to have a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram account a few months ago, but after
a while I decided to temporarily deactivate it due to privacy concerns. However,
I consider these to be powerful marketing platforms that should be fully utilized
by any business enterprise.

13. Would you rather work on your own, or as part of a team?
Most, if not all, companies highly value team-working abilities. However, you
must first know exactly what the Company is looking for so that you can answer
this question in the right way. The safest reply, though, is to share that you are
proficient of being able to work independently and sweetly. Then, put more
stress on how you value either one based on the kind of position you want to
For example, if the nature of the job needs you to cooperate with others in a
team, then you need to state that you can work on your own, but you do love
being able to work together and collaborate with others to create the best
possible output.

Here is a sample reply:
I am fully capable of working independently. However, I find it highly enriching
to collaborate with a team. I love working with others and sharing ideas until we
can come up with the best possible proposal. The doing part, I think, is even
better because we can pool our different strengths together to efficiently turn the
plan into a reality.
If the position requires you to work on your own with minimal or even zero
supervision, then emphasize that you thrive as a lone wolf. Just make sure to
balance it out by not showing an aversion to working in a team, because there is
still a possibility of you having to work with others.

Here is a sample response:
I find that I am able to deliver the highest quality output when I am allowed to
work on my own. The reason why I am passionate about acquiring this position
is that it allow me to do what I do best. However, I also find it beneficial to work
with others on occasion because I can share and listen to different ideas.

14. When was the last time you lost your anger at work?
This question is thrown in to check whether you are someone who is tough or
argumentative, traits which no organization would really want to hear from a
prospective employee.
If you are someone who has never lost their temper at work, then you would not
find this to be a difficult question. On the other hand, if you do lose your temper
every now and then, you must not made-up that you do not (especially if a
previous employer can refute it). Instead, choose your response carefully and
then end by saying that you have overcome it.

Here is a sample reply:
I am unclear as to the particular time I had let my defeat out at work, because it
happened a long time ago. While I cannot reject that I had replaced a few terse
words with a former colleague, it was because I was too adoring about that
project we were working on together. However, I have learned that nothing good
came out of that exchanged so I have never lost my temper at work ever since.

15. Would you consider yourself a risk taker?
Again, information of the nature of the job is key to answering this question.
Also take into thought whether your risk desire truly is in tune with the position
you want to acquire. Besides, you would not want to work in an industry that
needs steely nerve – such as that of an anesthesiologist or a stuntman – if you are
too conservative. Likewise, you do not want to be stuck in a practically risk-free
job when you thrive in adventure.
If you are not sure of how to reply to this question, the best answer is to explain
that you are relaxed with taking calculated risks just as long as it is in line with
the organization’s values.

Here is a sample reply:
I would call myself a risk taker. However, I am the type of person who takes
calculated risks in its place of a complete shot in the dark. While there will
always be room for doubt, I always make sure that I have carefully measured all
the advantages and disadvantages of a situation.

16. What was it like working as a…?”
Before walking into the interview, be ready to describe the details of your tasks
during your current or previous job. Take care not to be too particular about the
unimportant parts, because the interviewer might just get uninterested. Instead,
highlight between three and five important roles that you played and which are
related to the position you are applying for.

Here is a sample reply:
As a Marketing Assistant of Company ABC, I was accountable for social media
marketing. Specifically, I had three main roles. First was to continually update
all the social media accounts of ABC on a regular basis, so that we would
regularly be trending on our target market’s feeds. Second was to create
advanced promotions for our latest products and to collaborate with the
marketing director for fresh ideas that we can launch on social media. Third was
to communicate with our online subscribers and to ensure that all the queries and
concerns they post on our social media sites are handled directly.

17. What do you dislike about your job?
By asking this, what the interviewer really wants to know is if there is anything
that might potentially cause you to leave their company in case they do hire you.
It also aids the interviewer understand one of the causes why you are looking for
a new job.
One thing to remember is that you must not say that there is no aspect of your
previous or current job that you do not like. Otherwise they would question why
you are even applying for a new one in the first place.
In its place, be ready to answer this by allowing for aspects of the job which you
do not like but which are out of your own controller. Just make sure that these
same features are not present in the organization you are applying to. Then,
make sure that you select your words carefully and not sound as if you hate your
earlier or current job. End on a positive note, such as by highlighting what you
like in their organization that is not offered in the earlier one.

Here is a sample reply:
In my previous work, I was required to visit all the factories in the entire country,
so I spent most of my week traveling. It was quite exciting at first, but now I am
highly considering a position where I can spend more of my productive hours
working instead of being on the road. This is one of the reasons why I am
attracted to this position you are offering.

18. Why did you stop working for each of these companies?”
The interview wants to know what reasons you to stop working at each company
as it is a sight of the kind of person you are. They are also worried about their
attrition rate, or the number of people who leave because of certain reasons. This
question is commonly asked if your CV shows how you have many jobs but did
not stay more than a year and a half in most, if not all, of them.
The right way to answer this question is to deliver an acceptable, positive reason.
Never say anything negative about your previous job unless you are required to
do so.
Some of the most widely acknowledged reasons for leaving are: greater security
or stability at work, wanting bigger challenges or responsibilities, and seeking a
full-time position.

Here is a sample reply:
While I truly liked my past 12 months with Company X, I have become
increasingly drawn towards projects that are more innovative and challenging.
Unfortunately, the head manager wanted the team to follow the exact same
video-editing style in every project. This is the main reason why I want to
become a part of your organization as I have heard that you want each project to
be completely unique each time.

19. Would you call yourself a good manager?
Here is a sample reply:
Yes, and I believe my team will agree with me. My role as the manager was to
work together with both the team and the board to create new strategies for our
business. After that, I worked on giving tasks to those who were best fit for the
necessities. Throughout every project, I not only supervised but also provided
both group and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the team members regularly.
I am proud to say we were able to deliver and please our clients within schedule
every time.

20. What can you say about your previous/current company?”
Here is a sample reply:
My previous/current company has a pleasing work environment, especially since
the managers made sure that we were continually coached and updated with the
latest updates in the industry. On the other hand, it has not extended in the last
five years, leaving me with no chance to grow. This is why I am eager to become
a part of your organization, because my research showed that you are fastgrowing and dynamic.

21. May we contact those on your reference list?
The best way to reply to this would be to request the interviewers to hold off
from contacting those on your reference list until you have received a job offer.
The main cause is so that you would not want your previous employer’s office to
have to answer so many calls from the organizations you have applied to.
However, if you have already mentioned to your previous employer that you
would like them to be in your references list, then you can go ahead and say yes
to the interviewer.
On the other hand, if you are still with the company that is in your references
list, then you need to carefully explain to the interviewer that you are concerned
about alarming your current company that you are applying to another company.
Here is a sample reply:
I’d be happy for you to give them a call later on and I am certain that they will
provide you with supporting evidence of what I have stated in this interview. But
would it be alright if it would be postponed until you have decided to make me
an offer? I would not want to draw attention from them about my looking for a
position in your company.

22. Could you tell me about your dream job?”
Step carefully, for this is intended to be trick question. Interviewers want to
know whether your dream job is in line with the position you are applying for or
not. No matter how tempting it is to explain that your dream job is to be a fiction
writer, keep it to yourself when the position requires you to be an IT manager.
Instead, make sure that your reply is in line with the specific role you are
applying for. Keep in mind the key structures of the role that you like and then
use these to describe your dream job. You could also describe your dream job as
the position that is a step higher than the one you are applying for. This will give
the interviewer the idea that you are looking to stay with them in the long term,
with the hopes of getting promoted.
Here is a sample reply:
I have always loved to be creative, that is why I can picture myself enjoying my
work in marketing. I love being able to develop new ways to draw in more
customers and introduce new products. I especially love communicating with
clients and knowing what the market wants.

23. What do you know about this position?
Not to pressure you, but you must treat this question with greatest importance.
The interviewer wants to know whether you really do know what you are getting
yourself into, or if you are just desperate to take any position. Surely, they will
want to hire someone who understands exactly what the job is all about.
Make sure to have done all your research about the job title before you walk into
the interview. You can search online and also ask the organization to send you a
copy of the job description. Familiarize yourself with all the responsibilities
related to the job and determine the skills and knowledge you have which will
make you the perfect fit for it.

Here is a sample reply:
According to my research, the administrative assistant is required to provide
assistance to a high-ranking executive of XYZ Corp. Specifically, the skills
required are bookkeeping, scheduling of appointments, communicating with the
clients, and updating the company website.

24. What do you know about our organization?”
To answer this question, you should have already done your homework of
researching the organization. Choose at least three key features that you truly
admire and formulate a response that involves subtle flattery.
Make sure to highlight the organization’s positive points in an honest way, and
avoid mentioning anything negative about the company. You can begin by
saying, “After looking at your company website…” or “From what I have read
about you on EFG Magazine…”

Here is a sample reply:
Being a native of this area, I have grown used to visiting any of your branches
for food that I can enjoy but is still within my budget. I have always loved the
fact that your organization only sources ingredients from local, organic markets
and that you support humanely raised meat farming. The customer service in all
your branches is also very impressive. I have never met any member of your
staff that is not friendly and helpful. So as soon as I heard that you were
preparing to open another branch, I immediately wanted to apply to become a
part of your team.

25. What are your concerns about our company?”
Whether you have any concerns or not, you must avoid mentioning them during
the interview. It is important to keep these questions to yourself until you are
given the job offer. Doing so now might give the interviewer reason to believe
you are not ready to commit full-time to the position.

Here is a sample reply:
I actually do not have any concerns, because I admire how your company runs
things so far. I especially look forward to your expansion because it would give
me the opportunity to acquire bigger responsibilities later on.

26. Are you applying or have you applied to other companies?”

While this might be a threatening question to some, especially if it gives the
impress that you are not inflexible about becoming a part of this particular
company, you should still feel free to mention that you have applied for the same
position in other companies.
However, if you have applied to other companies for different roles, try to avoid
mentioning it. This would make you seem that you are not sure of what you
really want. Simply focus on mentioning the other companies that are looking to
fill the same position.

Here is a sample reply:
Yes, I have applied to other training and consultancy firms as well. I am
determined to become a language and communications trainer, but I prefer to
work for a company such as yours that is operating on a nationwide scale.

27. How long do you plan to work with us?
No company wants to spend their time, effort, and training resources on anyone
who will only be staying for a few months. Therefore, it is important for you to
make it clear that you will be staying with them for at least three years.
However, to let them know that you are serious about getting a promotion later
on, you must also emphasize that you seek career development in their

Here is a sample reply:
I can surely stay with the company for a period of three to five years. However, I
do not seek to remain in the position of Marketing Assistant for longer than a
year, because I seek to become one of the regional marketing managers of your

28. If you were offered the position right now, how would you
While you might be bursting at the seams to enthusiastically respond with yes,
there are actually two scenarios to keep in mind.
If you are in the scenario wherein you do not yet know much about the job
description, then you response should not be a direct yes. Instead, you should let
the interviewer know that you would like to know more about the
responsibilities required by the job first. This case usually applies to those who
have been headhunted.

Here is a sample reply:
First, I should say that I really appreciate this opportunity. However, prior to
accepting the job, I think it is important for me to learn more about my
responsibilities, the industry, and your company’s goals and challenges. I would
like to meet with your team to know more about them as well. Nevertheless,
everything sounds positive and enticing to me so far.
On the other hand, if you do know everything about the job, then go ahead and
say yes. Ensure that the interviewer has provided you with answers to your own
questions about the responsibilities, salary, benefits, before you let them know
that you are highly interested. Unless, of course, you have changed your mind.

Here is a sample reply:
I would immediately accept it! I have done plenty of research on your company
and I find myself working well and hard in this position. This interview has also
helped shed much favorable light on the culture of your company, since you
made me feel both comfortable and inspired at the same time. Surely, this is a
place where I would love to work.

29. What makes a great leader?

If you already have three to five qualities of what great leadership should look
like, then all you have to do is polish your answer for smooth delivery. However,
if you are still not sure of what to say, then you can take a good look once more
on the type of company they are.
The meaning of great leadership to a more traditional company, for example,
would be a classic response where the focus is on proper organization, ability to
delegate, supervise, coach, track progress, and improve strategies.
On the other hand, if the company is more generous, then they prefer leaders
who are forward thinkers and who focus on motivation, and empowerment.
If you are still unsure of how to respond, then strike a good balance that would
satisfy both the needs of a traditional organization and those of a more liberal
Here is a sample reply:
A great leader is someone who can communicate effectively with their team so
that he or she can explain his or her goals in detail. He or she is someone who
can see the potential in others and delegate the right tasks to them. He or she
should also be capable of supervising the team to check their progress and
provide coaching. Most importantly, he or she should be someone who is
capable of making sound decisions and taking well-calculated risks.

30. If you caught your co-worker doing something wrong, what
would you do?”
The best way to respond to this question would depend on the proper steps of
action in your industry. In most professions, particularly in the medical and legal
fields, there are specific steps that you can take to deal with the person and the
In most other cases, you can also talk to the human resources department about
it. But to avoid any possible mishaps, you should first ask them in the form of a
hypothetical question without naming the person. If the department does confirm
that it should be dealt with, then you can report the problem to your manager.

Here is a sample reply:
I would first talk to the human resources department and confirm whether or not
such behavior is considered wrong based on the standards of the organization. If
it is clear that the behavior is not allowed, then I would report what I have
witnessed to my manager.

31. How would you feel if you are required to come into the office for
the weekend?”
In reality, almost anyone would be upset about having to go back to work on a
weekend, especially when rest and relaxation is much be worthy. However, you
must remember that this is an interview where they are likely to choose someone
who is committed to the position.
In order to answer this question effectively, you can be honest about how you
would feel. However, you must put emphasis on your openness towards it and at
the same time, share any experience you may have had when you worked
beyond your appointed hours.

Here is a sample reply:
To be honest, being at the office during a weekend is – I hope – not something
that will be frequently required of me. However, I do not find it a problem
because I have occasionally lengthy my working hours in my previous job
without any problem. Sometimes, I even appreciated the occasional change in
the routine.

32. What would you do if your boss ordered you to do something that
is against your values?”
The common response is by asking the interviewer to elaborate on what that
“something” is, but the truth is that it is actually not the point. What matters
more to the interviewer is that you are aware of, and want to uphold, the values
of the organization. So what you can say instead, is to explain how you would
handle the situation with the best interests of the organization in mind.
Of course, in reality, you would not really do anything that is against your
principles. However, the chances of your principles being in line with that of the
company are high, anyway.

Here is a sample reply:
First, I will relate the task that the boss wants me to do with the principles the
organization supports. If they are in line, then I would have to do it even if it is
against my personal views. On the other hand, if the task goes against the best
interests of the organization, then I would have to question him or her about it.

33. How many cows does the state of Georgia have?
Unless you have direct access to such information, it is practically impossible for
you to give an answer. However silly this question might sound, interviewers
have been apt to throw them at candidates just to find out how they would
respond to such questions.
So, to answer a question that sounds like this one, you must work with whatever
existing details you already have in mind and then make a “guesstimate.” Then,
explain how you would provide such an answer in as logical a way as possible.
By doing so, you can let the interviewer have a glimpse of your ability to deal
with problems in a clear and methodical manner.

Here is a sample reply:
I believe that the state of Georgia has many widespread farms and produces
dairy products as one of its agricultural outputs. I have also read from
somewhere that there are over ten million people who live in the state. So, if I
assume that one percent of this ten million are dairy farmers and each of them
have an average of about a hundred cows, then I would guess that there are at
least one million cows in the state of Georgia.

34. Do you want to continue study?
Yes, I am now sign on in a master’s program. I do believe that it is significant to
keep progressing my education in order to learn, keep rising and pay more to my

35. What courses did you like most in college?
I liked the balance between liberal arts and business courses. I felt that it was
essential to balance my studies beyond just a professional pursuit. The capability
to study history in the morning and finance in the afternoon aided me to become
a well-rounded individual.

36. What were your favorite accomplishments at school
I had many scope to participate in social justice accomplishments and I liked
partaking in that whenever I could. I aided to organize account raisers, schedule
journeys to visit the elderly and guide teenagers. It permitted me to gain selfconfidence in my leadership capabilities and become a better organizer.

37. How has college improved you as a person
College was an outstanding change point to become a professional. I
knowledgeable more about accountability, teamwork and responsibility that has
helped me well on the work.

38. What courses have showed to be the most respected to you in
your work?
The ways I took in Psychology. I have faith in that it is straight applicable to
business as it permits me to understand people better, examine information and
consider critically. My research capabilities that were fine settled in my Mind
classes in college have come in near many times on the job as we build outlines
of our customer base.

39. Do you apply the abilities and knowledge learned at school in
your work
Yes, I was agreed a very solid basis of understanding office principles that I use
regularly as part of my work. Moreover, I knowledgeable some of the soft skills
needed to succeed in a work background such as teamwork and announcement

40. What do you like top almost your school?
My school existing many chances to join in social justice accomplishments and I
enjoyed input in them when I could. I aided to establish fund raisers, timetable
trips to visit the old and guide teenagers. It permitted me to gain self-reliance in
my leadership capabilities and become a better organizer.

41. Please define your own title role and purposes in school, clubs, or
other groups.
My school presented many probabilities to join in social justice
accomplishments and I liked partaking in them whenever I could. I aided to
organize fund raisers, schedule trips to visit the elderly and guide teenagers. It
permitted me to gain self-confidence in my leadership capabilities and become a
better organizer.

42. Do you feel that your results are a good sign of your capability?
I do have faith in that I had the capability to get an A in each course and as I did
not, my GPA does not reveal my full abilities. There were some mistakes I made,
such as thinking on the wrong zones earlier the test. I learned from my errors and
improved. I think that the marks in my junior and senior years more entirely
reflect my abilities.

43. What do you know about our corporation
I have been following your company carefully for the last several years. Your
company became a visionary in the industry by get used to the use of cutting
edge success technologies. You are data determined and each employee is
allowed to do well or fail on his or her own. The research sector has been
mentioned for its use of several exact principles to deliver marks.

44. What can you do for this company?
As a manager, I would like to pay to a more real flow of courses and cost
decrease for the company by applying measures to develop shipping times and
decrease the amount of goods becoming injured in delivery. I would take some
of the best follows that I learned over my career and partner with company
organization to learn the approaches that work best here.

45. What do you catch are the most difficult decisions to make?
The toughest decisions are the ones that touch the lives of people. Most choices
that an executive would make have a main effect on the lives of workers. I give
much mass to this fact when seeing the best way of action.

46. What is more significant to you: money or work?
The work is more significant to me because I know that while I prove myself as
an important contributor to the business that the money will follow. A worker
and the employer be able to only be successful if they think through each other
partners in achievement.

47. What questions do you have for me?
Given the change of databases from onsite attendants to cloud based, how do
you feel the industry will modification?
What are the main challenges facing somebody in this role?
What would you like the person in this role to have attained after 6 months

48. Aren’t you overqualified for this post?
I consider that I am a good fit for the work, neither under nor overqualified.
Though my last title was “Manager”, it was with a lesser company than this one.

49. What do you know about our challengers?
You are a main player in the world of social networking, and there are some
major players in the business as well.

50. Why do you want this job?
I have worked my full career for a chance like this. I would have the chance to
apply my industry skill and team building capability in this role.

Author: James Austin

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