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The 10 toughest interview questions

1. Tell me about you!

Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble. Stick to what you've written in your resume summary. To answer this question well, you'll need to start with a solid and concise resume summary.

2. What do you know about our company?

Do your homework before the interview! Spend some time online or at the library researching the company. Find out as much as you can, including products, size, income, reputation, image, management talent, people, skills, history and philosophy. Project an informed interest; let the interviewer tell you about the company.

3. Why do you want to work for us?

Don't talk about what you want; first, talk about their needs: You would like to be part of a specific company project; you would like to solve a company problem; you can make a definite contribution to specific company goals.

4. What would you do for us?

What they really want to know is... What can you do for us that someone else can't? Relate past experiences that show you've had success in solving previous employer problem(s) that may be similar to those of the prospective employer. Make sure you have a strongly worded Employment History section in your resume, that you can refer to.

5. What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?

List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.

6. Why should we hire you?

TRAPS: Believe it or not, this is a killer question because so many

candidates are unprepared for it. If you stammer or adlib you've blown it.

BEST ANSWER: By now you can see how critical it is to apply the overall

strategy of uncovering the employer's needs before you answer questions. If you know the employer's greatest needs and desires, this question will give

you a big leg up over other candidates because you will give him better

reasons for hiring you than anyone else is likely to...reasons tied directly

to his needs.

Whether your interviewer asks you this question explicitly or not, this is

the most important question of your interview because he must answer this

question favorably in is own mind before you will be hired. So help him

out! Walk through each of the position's requirements as you understand

them, and follow each with a reason why you meet that requirement so well.

Example: "As I understand your needs, you are first and foremost looking

for someone who can manage the sales and marketing of your book publishing

division. As you've said you need someone with a strong background in trade

book sales. This is where I've spent almost all of my career, so I've

chalked up 18 years of experience exactly in this area. I believe that I

know the right contacts, methods, principles, and successful management

techniques as well as any person can in our industry."

"You also need someone who can expand your book distribution channels. In my

prior post, my innovative promotional ideas doubled, then tripled, the

number of outlets selling our books. I'm confident I can do the same for


"You need someone to give a new shot in the arm to your mail order sales,

someone who knows how to sell in space and direct mail media. Here, too, I

believe I have exactly the experience you need. In the last five years,

I've increased our mail order book sales from $600,000 to $2,800,000, and

now we're the country's second leading marketer of scientific and medical

books by mail." Etc., etc., etc.,

Every one of these selling "couplets" (his need matched by your

qualifications) is a touchdown that runs up your score. IT is your best

opportunity to outsell your competition.

7. What do you look for in a job?

An opportunity to use your skills, to perform and be recognized.

8. Please give me your definition of a.... (the position for which you are being interviewed).

Keep it brief -- give an action- and results-oriented definition.

9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Not long at all -- you expect only a brief period of adjustment to the learning curve.

10. How long would you stay with us?

As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing, etc

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I Hope This Will Be Helpful For U Alll

From India, Mumbai
Its really helpfull and anybody can refer it back when they need it...atlleast I would definitely do that :D :D

It was gud.... Thanks for sharing with us... I feel this is not only helpful for those who are attending interviews but also for HR people who does interviews. Bye... Sindhu
From India, Hyderabad
Hi, Find the attachment for some more questions :) Regards, Gowri
From India, Madras

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