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Many questions will give you a chance to connect your qualifications to the job and demonstrate your interest in and enthusiasm for the job and organization. Use these opportunities to show how you are the best fit! Other questions, however, may be negative— What’s your biggest weakness? Tell me about your worst boss. What didn’t you like about your internship? and so forth. Navigate these with positive responses. Review the questions here and practice your responses. Chances are, you’ll be asked at least some of these! Tell me about yourself. This is a standard question, designed to break the ice. Don’t tell the interviewer your life story. Keep your response related to the job. Don’t ramble. Be specific. Take about two minutes to deliver your response. What’s your greatest strength/weakness? Relate your greatest strength to the job. As for your weakness, answer honestly, but positively. Explain how you’ve become more focused, organized, or assertive after working to correct your weakness. Why do you want to work here? Be positive and enthusiastic. Show the employer that you have done your research and know something about the organization. Frame your response around what you can bring to the organization. State how what you have learned about the organization through your research relates to your qualifications and career goals. Many employers favor “behavior-based” interviewing, which is based on the idea that past behavior is an indication of how a candidate will react in similar situations in the future. Questions that ask you to “tell me about a time,” “describe a situation,” or “give me an example” are behavior-based. The interviewer is look for your thought process, decision-making abilities, and emotional state in addition to the results of your actions. You will be expected to give detailed responses that are based on actual circumstances. The basic formula is 1) describe an overview of the situation, 2) describe the actions you took, and 3) explain the results.
Tell me about a time you had to handle a difficult situation/person.
You are being asked about a negative, but need to offer a positive answer. Don’t bash a supervisor, professor, co-worker, or teammate in your response, and don’t complain. In framing your response, recognize that the recruiter is looking for how you are able to achieve results despite obstacles, insight into how you work with others, and evidence that you can solve—not add to—problems.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
In your own words, tell the interviewer that you hope to be with the company in a role that allows you to make the greater contribution, based on your qualifications and the skills you’ve gained in your time with the organization.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013