How to Answer The 64 Toughest HR Interview Questions ? PART -- 3

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How to Answer The 64 Toughest HR Interview Questions ? PART -- 3

Post  Admin on Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:37 am

Question 11 Why do you want to work at our company?
TRAPS: This question tests whether youíve done any homework about the firm. If you havenít, you lose. If you have, you win big.
BEST ANSWER: This question is your opportunity to hit the ball out of the park, thanks to the in-depth research you should do before any interview.
Best sources for researching your target company: annual reports, the corporate newsletter, contacts you know at the company or its suppliers, advertisements, articles about the company in the trade press.


Question 12 What are your career options right now?
TRAPS: The interviewer is trying to find out, ďHow desperate are you?Ē
BEST ANSWER: Prepare for this question by thinking of how you can position yourself as a desired commodity. If you are still working, describe the possibilities at your present firm and why, though youíre greatly appreciated there, youíre looking for something more (challenge, money, responsibility, etc.). Also mention that youíre seriously exploring opportunities with one or two other firms.
If youíre not working, you can talk about other employment possibilities youíre actually exploring. But do this with a light touch, speaking only in general terms. You donít want to seem manipulative or coy.


Question 13 Why have you been out of work so long?
TRAPS: A tough question if youíve been on the beach a long time. You donít want to seem like damaged goods.
BEST ANSWER: You want to emphasize factors which have prolonged your job search by your own choice.
Example: ďAfter my job was terminated, I made a conscious decision not to jump on the first opportunities to come along. In my life, Iíve found out that you can always turn a negative into a positive IF you try hard enough. This is what I determined to do. I decided to take whatever time I needed to think through what I do best, what I most want to do, where Iíd like to do itÖand then identify those companies that could offer such an opportunity.Ē
ďAlso, in all honesty, you have to factor in the recession (consolidation, stabilization, etc.) in the (banking, financial services, manufacturing, advertising, etc.) industry.Ē
ďSo between my being selective and the companies in our industry downsizing, the process has taken time. But in the end, Iím convinced that when I do find the right match, all that careful evaluation from both sides of the desk will have been well worthwhile for both the company that hires me and myself.


Question 14 Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team, etc.)Ö
TRAPS: Skillfull interviewers sometimes make it almost irresistible to open up and air a little dirty laundry from your previous position. DONíT
BEST ANSWER: Remember the rule: Never be negative. Stress only the good points, no matter how charmingly youíre invited to be critical.
Your interviewer doesnít care a whit about your previous boss. He wants to find out how loyal and positive you are, and whether youíll criticize him behind his back if pressed to do so by someone in this own company. This question is your opportunity to demonstrate your loyalty to those you work with.


Question 15 What good books have you read lately?
TRAPS: As in all matters of your interview, never fake familiarity you donít have. Yet you donít want to seem like a dullard who hasnít read a book since Tom Sawyer.
BEST ANSWER: Unless youíre up for a position in academia or as book critic for The New York Times, youíre not expected to be a literary lion. But it wouldnít hurt to have read a handful of the most recent and influential books in your profession and on management.
Consider it part of the work of your job search to read up on a few of these leading books. But make sure they are quality books that reflect favorably upon you, nothing that could even remotely be considered superficial. Finally, add a recently published bestselling work of fiction by a world-class author and youíll pass this question with flying colors.
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