Job Interview Questions:
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Job interview questions do not need to be daunting. Handling the questions you're likely to be asked is just a matter of
good preparation. Know what's on your resume. Know your accomplishments. Researching questions ahead of
time will give you some insight into the types of questions to expect. As you go through the information we provide
here on the DerrJones website, make some notes. If a particular question seems difficult, think about the advice we're giving.
If you're really stumped, don't hesitate to use our Contact form to ask for some
one-on-one help. We'll be happy to assist with your interview preparation.
TELL ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU USED HUMOR
TO DEFUSE A TENSE SITUATION.
Some people don't believe in humor in the workplace,
but sometimes, especially if it's self-deprecating, it can be
used to get you out of a difficult scenario. If you can't
think of a specific instance, answer this question somewhat
conceptually in terms of your attitude towards humor in
the work environment.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Some interviewers will use this question as an ice-breaker;
some will use it to gain a little insight into your personality.
Consider this question as getting to the "likeability" factor.
Are you into competitive sports? Are you a golfer? Do
you have any interesting hobbies? Getting to know you
on a more personal level sometimes gives the interviewer
a glimpse of what you're like when you let your guard
down. Stay away from controversial topics -- politics,
religion...these interests can be dangerous territory...you
can be screened out because of an interviewer's bias. It's
better to stick with neutral interests.
HOW HAVE YOU GROWN OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
OBJECTIVES OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
Companies look for life long learners. People who recognize
the need to constantly improve upon how they do things are
more attractive applicants than those who accept the status
quo. Similar to the long term goals question, this question
takes your goals to the next level, forcing you to think about
a specific game plan for reaching them. You'll need to be
able to articulate this plan for the interviewer.