50 Common INTERVIEW Questions and Answers

Review these typical and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it.

(Excerpted from the book The Accelerated Job Search by Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D, published by The Management Advantage, Inc.)

1. Tell me about yourself:
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention..

8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

11. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

12. Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

15. What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus

21. What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude .

23. Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?
See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job?
Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success.Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style.
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic.
Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.

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52 Resume Writing Tips – By Andrew Flusche

  1. Like diamond quality, resumes have four C’s. Be consistent with your formatting, style, and wording. You want to present an integrated image of yourself as an organized person.
  2. Be concise, since employers do not want to read a novel about you.
  3. Clarity counts for resumes, as well as diamonds. Be sure your resume is readable and makes perfect sense, even at a glance.
  4. Employers also need a complete resume, in order to appropriately evaluate you.

Formatting

  1. Ensure that you use plain formatting in your resume to accent and highlight important parts, but do not distract from the content.
  2. Standard fonts should be used for the same reason. Stick with fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, etc…
  3. Use a minimum number of font sizes throughout your resume. Most sources suggest using no more than 2 or 3 different sizes of the same font.
  4. No matter what font or sizes you pick, be sure nothing is too small or too large. The key in resumes is moderation, especially for formatting.
  5. Unless you are in an artistic field, do not use pictures or clip-art on your resume. Once again, this is distracting.
  6. To keep your resume from being monotonous, break up paragraphs with bullets. This also makes for quicker and easier reading.
  7. Just be sure your bullets are plain. Do not use anything like Wing Dings. Also, limit yourself to one or two types of bullets throughout.
  8. Do not fill every spot on your page with text. By using space effectively you can give your reader’s eye a break and draw attention to certain sections.
  9. Whether you use hyphens or dashes, be sure to remain consistent. Do not use a hyphen to separate one date range, then shift to a dash for the next one.
  10. Facilitate quick reading by aligning your dates and position titles in a column.
  11. Find out if your industry has an expected length for resumes, and stick with it. For example, legal resumes are widely accepted to be only one page.
  12. If your industry allows (or even encourages) more than one page resumes, be sure to use effective page headers for subsequent pages. Remind your reader who he is reading about, and also make sure pages 2+ do not get irretrievably separated from page 1.

Writing

  1. Emphasize your strengths with powerful action words. Don’t be a writing wimp.
  2. Make your words jump from the page with active voice. In other words, stray from “passive” words, such as: is, was, am, do, did, etc…
  3. Tailor your resume to the specific employer to whom you are applying.
  4. Likewise, tailor it to the position you seek.
  5. As part of your tailoring process, find out the industry key words and use them in your text.
  6. Be careful with abbreviations; in fact, you should not use them if at all possible.
  7. It should go without saying that you use perfect grammar in your resume. For a little help on grammar, check out Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.
  8. Aim your resume carefully by tailoring it to your employer.
  9. Make your point even stronger by tailoring to the position for which you are applying.
  10. Provide clear guidance for your reader with clear section headings.
  11. When writing descriptions of jobs and activities, keep them short to minimize reading time.
  12. Be consistent when typing out dates. For instance, always abbreviate in the same way or never abbreviate.
  13. Use the proper names for all companies you have worked for, positions you have held, and schools you attended.

Content

  1. Include a phone number that has a professional voice mail greeting.
  2. Likewise, ensure that your email address is professional (not cooldude@server.com) and that your signature (if any) is professional.
  3. Type your name on your resume like you want it to appear professionally. If you do not want your middle name used, leave it off or just include your initial.
  4. Do not include references on your resume, but offer them during your application process or interview.
  5. List any languages that you speak, even if they do not directly pertain to the job description.
  6. If you have special skills (such as computer or technical abilities), include them if applicable to the position or company.
  7. Include any major publications you have authored, such as a magazine or journal article.
  8. Many career counselors debate whether or not to include an “objective” section. Here is a good article that sums up a lot of the debate. Find out the standard in your industry, and follow it.
  9. Include old jobs on your resume (even if not directly applicable to the position), but feel free to shorten their descriptions.
  10. List all education you have had, and explain how it will help you in the target position.
  11. Activities listed on your resume should reflect positive job qualities in some way. If they don’t, cut them.
  12. Leave no time gaps, since this will make employers wonder what you did during that time.
  13. Tell the truth! Check out the top resume lies, and don’t do it.

Revising

  1. Spell check to catch any glaring errors.
  2. Proofread your resume several times, during several different sittings, on several different days.
  3. Get feedback on grammar and content from a friend, family member, or colleague.
  4. Closely tied to feedback, you should find an editor that will work with you during the writing and revising process. You need a sounding board for wording and another pair of eyes for proofreading.

Presentation

  1. Print your resume on professional resume paper. You can find this at your local office store. Unless you are in an art field, stick to white, off-white, or ivory. Go for paper around 24 lb in weight.
  2. Be sure your printer will produce a quality printout. If your printer is not up to speed, use a friend’s or go to a local print shop.
  3. When you buy your paper, don’t forget matching envelopes. You will need to mail some resumes and cover letters, so you want everything to coordinate.
  4. If you are submitting documents electronically, send them as PDF files. This prevents formatting changes on different computers. Here is a free PDF creation program (print anything to a PDF file)

Final Thoughts

  1. Keep your resume updated, so you can send it out at a moment’s notice. Also, by updating it every 6 months or so, you will not forget important accomplishments that should be added.
  2. Finally, hone your resume further with these helpful links: here, here, and here.

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Reference : http://www.legalandrew.com (From Andrew Flusche’s website)

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SCJP 5.0 Free Mock Exam : Some links

Check these really good sites to test yourself or be familiar with the test format before go for the real exam.

1) http://www.jchq.net/ ( There will generate randomly one question per day for you to answer with full explanation full the answer )

2) http://www.examulator.com/phezam/login.php ( Contain 60 question to answer and is a simulator for the real exam ) Recommended !

3) http://www.jdiscuss.com/ ( Another site generate 1 question per day for you to answer with full explanation ever better compare to jchq.net . There also include a free mock exam )

Ref : lcmbryan’s blog

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Some Secrets of Monster !

Today I came across some useful tips regarding with Monster. I think it will be helpful to you to get an advantage in the job searches.

As you know, in Monster they allow you to set up 5 different resumes or profiles. Let’s just set one up for now. There are only 5 major areas that we will be concerned with here:

1. Target job Title

2. Objective

3. Resume Title

4. Job Title

5. Work Experience

Tip: every one of these fields has keyword capability, so you must use each of these areas to the fullest extent by including as many keywords as are relevant, for example:

Target Job Title: 2,880 character limit. That’s almost 4/5’s of a page, if you were to fill it up! List as many different job titles as you can imagine for this role. List other closely allied titles that the searcher may be searching on. For instance, “Java Programmer” might also be titled as “Software Engineer”, “Application Developer”, or “Software Developer” within even the same corporation, not to mention other companies. How many different but similar titles can you come up with? Put them all here.

Objective: This is your stated job goal and has a 2,000 character limit. Just as we talked about in yesterday’s lesson, transfer that keyword-rich objective from your revised resume to here. You should have a decent short paragraph that showcases and combines your current skills and your future goals. Remember, you want to stay away from standard cliches such as “Challenging opportunity as a (title) where I can effectively use my (managing and sales, etc.) skills in my ongoing effort to help grow an organization, blah, blah” This is not only boring, its also highly ineffective. Instead try something like:

“Solid Java Developer with strong (skill#1), (skill#2), and (skill#3) to make major programming contributions to remote server projects while growing to project lead role. The difference is each of the above underlined terms is now searchable. Use each section in your resume to answer one question only. By putting several keyword phrases under each section, you tighten up your focus and make your profile work for you by getting search engine hits when employers run database searches.

Resume Title: Not much to work with here as only 70 characters are allowed. Make it a key term that is most relevant and searchable.

Job Title: This (these) is (are) your current and past job titles and has a 5,831 character limit. That’s 1&1/2 pages!! Put as many relevant titles as you can think of here that you have held in your past work progression. There is a huge amount of space here, so you may want to include specific job skill-sets that each of those titles required.

Work Experience: 3,000 character limit. Here is where you make sure to include every relevant skill-set that you possess. Keep to the bare facts. Almost every word you put here should be a searchable term. You want them to find you and here is your catchall chance to do it. Also, since many employers are looking for people who have, or are working for certain companies or organizationsBusiness Management Articles, make sure that you list every corporation that you have not only worked for but also have done business with as a client.

Summary Dont rush this process. The online resume-builder will act as both a resume and as a screening tool. This will gain you the edge as a screen-in tool rather that a screen-out tool.

Your objective is the same in all these online resume posting sites.Make it keyword-rich and you will definitely get more hits. More hits will generate more calls.

Reference: http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/careers/getting-the-biggest-bang-from-monster.html