Interview Questions

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How to answer “What skill could you most improve on?”

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As an interviewer I like to promote the positive so instead of asking “what is your greatest Weakness”. I would rather ask you about what you would like to improve about yourself. There are so many ways to answer this and make yourself sound professional, but also willing to improve. Everyone has something they can improve on. Time management, organization, procrastination, an actual skill, social skills, etc

  • So let’s say you have an issue with time management you could answer by saying “I found I was getting behind on projects so i started using “timelines” and “to do lists” to keep me on track. Now I follow them diligently.”
  • Improving a skill is always a good fall back answer, so try something like. “I have been neglecting renewing my certifications so have set myself up a “goal to do list” including renewing at least two certificates a year and looking into some new ones”.
  • Social skills an issue. “Sometimes I feel when I am involved in a project I can become abrupt so i have been working on listening better to my peers questions and answering in a calmer tone.”
  • Learning to delegate. “it has taken me awhile but I know I have to work on my delegation skills. In my previous position I was trying to do everything myself and I was always rushing around at the end of the job trying to finish up. Now I use my teams skills better and delegate where possible.”

Be honest about yourself. Think about where you could use some improvement, everyone can improve something, and if you can relate it to the job description even better.

 

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Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment.  Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!

 

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How to Answer “What STRENGTH would you bring to this position?”

Every interview is different.  Each Interviewer uses different tactics.  Most interviews start with trying to put you at ease by asking a little about yourself.  There are the technical questions – you better be able to answer these questions – you stated on your resume that you had the technical skills to be able to do the job.  Then come the off the wall questions – “what superhero would you be?”.

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“What strength would you bring to the position?”  This is a standard question that you will be asked in most interviews.  The best way to be prepared for this question is to sit down and write down your strengths from a previous position or if you are a new graduate then experiences from school.  Below are a few examples of strengths that can be expanded upon with your experience as they fit the job description:

  • Team Player
  • Time Management
  • Good at managing people
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Always finish my tasks
  • Good listener
  • Deal well with difficult customers/situations
  • Able to see the big picture
  • Good with detail
  • Pick out a skill from the job description, ie “With my strong web design, creative writing, phone skills, etc” , then expand on this strength.
  • Problem Solver
  • Able to juggle more than one task at a time

This is where it is very important to know the job description.  Hopefully, you have also had the chance to ask specific questions about the position before this question comes up.  Now you take your strength and the information you know about the position and put the two of them together.

  • I am very good at listening and putting people at ease, this allows me to deal effectively with difficult situations.  In my previous position there was a customer/employee ……..
  • Although I am a detail person I am also able to see the big picture, in my previous position (or while at school) I was assigned the task of ………
  • My creativity has been tremendously helpful in designing web pages over the last 5 years.  One particular webpage was just not …. and I  ……

If you are having a hard time coming up with a strength, then ask your family, friends and co-workers.  You will be surprised at what they come up with.  Just don’t get too bloated from all the accolades.  It is important to be a little humble with this question.  You don’t want to come across as having an “I’m GREAT, I’m a STAR” attitude.

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Don’t stress about this question, you have applied for the job because you know you can do it.  Now tell them why and how.  Be a “star”.

happyfacehanddrawn Good luck job hunting

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Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment.  Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!

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JobTip:  Looking for questions to ask during the #interview, try this one  – what is the size of the department/branch/section?

 

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JobTip:  Looking for questions to ask during the #interview, try this one – Does the company promote from within?

 

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