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1. First, tell me about yourself.

It may seem like an easy open-ended question anyone can answer correctly without much effort. Actually, you cant be more wrong. Tell me about yourself does not mean tell me everything. What the hiring panel really wants to hear is a brief account of who you are and why you are the best candidate for this particular ob. Talk about what youve done to prepare yourself for the position and use a recent e!ample to back it up. Ideally, you should go on for about "#$ minutes and then ask if they would like to hear some more details. If they do, keep using e!amples to prove how your background and e!perience were useful in real#life business situations.

". What is your long#term ob ective%


&e honest. 'ocus on your most achievable goal and how are you going to reach it. It is vital to have a clear vision of how your career should look like in the ne!t ( years or so and how to make this vision come true, for e!ample) Within the next five years, I would like to become the best team leader your company has ever hired. I want to work toward becoming the expert in managing others. I am confident that Ill be fully prepared to take on any future responsibilities which might be presented to me in the long run. For example, here is what Im presently doing to prepare myself for a managing position *and go on to describe what you are already doing to reach your goals and ob ectives+.

3. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it%
,ave an e!ample at hand. -elect a difficult work situation *which was not caused by you and which can be .uickly e!plained in a few sentences+. When choosing the problem, focus on how /01 worked towards the solution. 'ocus on the skills re.uired on the position you are applying for that helped you face the situation. 2escribe the results and tell them how the company benefitted from your actions. ,ave in mind that the purpose of this .uestion is to find out what your definition of difficult is and to determine whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving. 3!plain how you defined the problem, what the other options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.

4. What are your strengths?


4repare a list of your proficiencies and choose three or four that are the most relevant to the ob you are applying for. 5oncentrate on discussing your main strengths. Avoid popular clich s, such as)

1. I am a good team player 2. I am a good negotiator 3. I work very hard

'ocus on your more dynamic skills, such as)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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learn uickly. have a strong determination to succeed. have a positive attitude. can relate to people and achieve a common goal. make friends easily.

6emember that you may very likely be asked to give e!amples of the above, so be prepared.

!. What is your greatest "ea#ness?


2o not say you have none # this will not sound very credible and might, in fact, make your interviewer believe you are being over#confident. Another roo#ie mista#e is trying to disguise one of your strengths as a weakness, for e!ample) Well, Im such a hard worker. !ometimes I really work too hard. I should probably spend more time with my family, because all I do is work "id I mention I work hard# hmmm $hats because all I do is work, work, work /ou have two alternatives) 7. 1se a professed weakness such as a lack of e!perience *not ability+ on your part in an area that is not vital for the ob. ". 2escribe a personal or professional weakness that youve been working on improving. 'ocus on the steps you have taken to combat it, for e!ample) I know the people from my team think Im too demanding. I sometimes tend to drive them pretty hard but Ive started reading on the subject some time ago and Im getting much better at managing them by setting ob%ectives.

$. Why do you "ant to leave your current employer?


Whatever your reasons for leaving were, do not think about them in negative terms. It is not appropriate to mention financial conditions as your primary reason for leaving. 'ocus on the working environment and state how you are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, e!perience and a change of surroundings.

%. Why have you applied for this particular &ob?


&y asking this .uestion, your future employer is looking for evidence that the ob suits you and involves doing things you en oy. 0n the other hand, it gives him or her a chance to test your knowledge about the industry as well as the whole organisation. 8ake sure you have a good understanding of the role and the place youre going to take in the company. 4rove to them that your ob goes in line with your character and passion.

'. (o" has your education prepared you for your career?
This is a broad .uestion and you need to focus on the specific e!amples in your educational background which have given you the proficiency to do this particular ob. If applying for a ob

in a technical field, be sure to mention any relevant achievements in that particular field and your passion for the sub ect.

).What e*perience do you have in this field?


9ever say none. If youre applying for a ob in a field totally unknown to you, think of any e!perience youve gained in learning new skills. Try to look for similarities between your previous obs and the prospect one and come up with some e!amples of how you ad usted to the new situation, for e!ample) Ive never worked in cosmetics before, but in my previous %ob Ive learned a lot about sales and marketing and Im confident Ill be uick to learn the ropes of your industry very uickly.

1+. What #ind of salary do you need?


A .uestion that can catch anyone off guard. 1nless you have done some research and know precisely what your e!pectations are,try to avoid being the first to put the figure on the table. The best way to do this is by stating that your salary e!pectancy depends on the amount of responsibilities youd have to take on. 2o not have a specific amount in mind and do not be afraid to ask for more than the average industry wage. It is much better to provide your interviewer with a wide range rather than a specific sum, for e!ample) Ive asked around and I know that a marketing manager doing a similar %ob in &erlin earns about '() *+,, a month. -iven that my %ob would also re uire organising three training seminars a month, Id expect my salary to range between '() .,,, and '() ./,,. ,What are your e!periences with tough ob interviews% What was the hardest .uestion youve been asked% 'eel free to comment below.