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64 interview answers you should know.
Some of the answers seem a touch sleazy - like car salesman sleazy but the philosophy behind most answers are spot on. I recall answering in similar spirit when I interviewed for my current job.

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zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 30th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice find! I'm definitely bookmarking this one.

May Saint Oolong bless you for this.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
tandu From: tandu Date: October 30th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely, thank you. This is a big help, and lets me see where I may have gone wrong in previous interviews.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: October 30th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is great. So great that I'll send it to my mom.
(She's usually my interview-prep sounding board, and also my resume-reviewer.)
abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nifty.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
i CROSS REFERENCED THIS ON MINE.
THESE ARE INDEED A WONDERFUL REFERENCE!
I have answered many of these questions, and certainly, have asked many of these questions.

They may seem smarmy, but asking someone a question that leads them to divulge information that small companies want, like, do you feel you are healthy? Is a question that doesn't ask how many sick days did you take. It also lets a person try to answer if they are reliable, or if they take unscheduled mental health days often.

Weakness, favorite answer... CHOCOLATE!
abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
"We can't abide chocolate eaters here. No job for you!"
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
then
why
how
are you employed?
Who let you in? and how do I get "THAT" pass?
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: October 30th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I love how these repeatedly tell you to emphasize personal integrity while otherwise advising you to basically lie through your teeth, or at least refrain from offering up genuine information about yourself. not to mention actually saying any of that stuff would make a person look like a complete smarmizor.

there's a reason i'm not keen on the business world.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't say they are lies. It is leading and relating answers to what a person is looking for. It is manipulation. If you're faking experience or answering using skills and/or traits you don't possess then it certainly is lying though.
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: October 30th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
well.. maybe it's not lying directly but manipulation like that certainly isn't representing yourself honestly, either. it's sort of taking the position that no one is worth hiring if they answer mostly frankly.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can answer frankly and still tell them what they wish to hear. To be frank one really just needs to use plain language and not beat around the bush.

Example: When I was interviewed for my job, they asked what my weakness was. I told than plainly that I tend to become unmotivated to complete work when it stays the same over time. I also said that I circumvent that problem by finding different things to do, branching out.

I was blunt that monotony kills my work ethic me but wrapped it back into something they would prize - someone seeking diverse tasks.
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: October 30th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
But if you notice, "using a strength as a weakness" is something they only call "passable" they tell you to say that you don't really have any. Which is a huge lie, because every human certainly does.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
The correct answer is still CHOCOLATE!
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: October 30th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol. if only they would accept that as your honest-to-god answer!
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
AWESOME.
they like to hear that you can be honest and not get distracted by just their answer.
so fine, answer the weakness and then tell them that you have worked on it and that you have it under control. In fact, it makes you a better employee due to you seeking to avoid boredom.

the correct answer is still chocolate! but if they want a weakness, tell them that you aren't comfortable interviewing for a marketing position when they are asking you to break a cardinal rule against marketing... then put away your stuff cause that interview is over....

really though.. you would be surprised what people answer to
What is your weakness... someone actually answered that she is working on day dreaming less at work, another said that she was hoping to be ontime, another said, well I honestly drink too much and I have been working on calling in less often on Mondays...

So those three... honest, didn't get jobs with me.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is truly important to never give them a noose.
It is so easy to do, and there are so many HR people that want to get around those pesky "rules and laws" that hold them from making decisions on things like, do you have children that you will be calling in sick to take care of?
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: October 30th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
i realize that... and am fairly good at not, as i've been offered around 90% of the jobs i've ever interviewed for and was informed of being the 2nd place candidate in a couple of the others. and yet i've never felt i needed to resort to pre-rehearsed pat answers that don't give the employer a fair view of what i'm like as an employee and a good basis to judge by.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: October 30th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
you are certainly above the curve then.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 31st, 2007 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I've interviewed for 1 job and I got it. :0 Yay batting 1.000!

Of course, I only got 1 interview for the many, many dozens of jobs to which I applied my senior year.
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