What are your strengths and weaknesses? This particularly sensitive issue requires careful preparation and testing. The interviewer is looking for evidence of critical self-evaluation and a commitment to continuous self development. The strain-specific work-related strengths and accomplishments. Select a weakness that could be viewed as positive and negative, for example, you are a perfectionist who tends to work longer hours too long. Show, for example in particular, how they have successfully addressed this tendency. Make sure you portray in a positive light.

Never mention a weakness that is directly related to work that is being interviewed. 4. Tell me about yourself. The interviewer wants to know how well adapted for work and how it can benefit the company. Do not spend more than two minutes to answer this question. By analyzing the job description and conducting detailed investigations of the company in advance, you will have a clear idea of the ideal candidate.

Focus on your skills, qualifications and achievements that relate to the position announced. Remember that the company has a problem and are seeking the best solution. Show them that you can solve your problem better than anyone. 5. Where do you see yourself in five years? This question is designed to determine their career path. Have you well planned short-term and career goals long term? It is the advertised position consistent with these? If hired, is likely to commit fully to the firm or will take the first opportunity to move on? Show that you have a structured way of setting goals. To demonstrate the importance of the work being offered as part of their professional development. Stress that are ambitious but realistic. Let them know you are going to develop professionally within the company and to work energetically to obtain promotion. 6. Why do you want to work for us? The interviewer is trying to find out how much you know about the company. Again, the detailed investigation of the company will pay rich dividends when answering this question. The candidate who displays a knowledge of the company and awareness of the challenges it faces is more likely to be selected from the tongue-tied interviewee who looks perplexed when asked why he or she wants to work for that company in particular. You should know as much as possible about the company, organizational structure, its financial history, its range of products, goods or services, goals and objectives, philosophy and culture, trading methods, its history, current status and future developments, their competitors, their training, their attitude towards their customers, their achievements and any problems you may have. Tailor your answer in terms of their needs, not yours. Be positive. To say that you like what you’ve heard about the company and the way they treat their employees and customers. Stress that you are sure that you can make a significant contribution. Gerard McLoughlin, author has contributed career-related articles to hundreds of recruitment companies, websites and publications around the world including: United States Today,,, etc. To receive FREE professional advice on a regular basis, sign up today for

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