Mary Lim

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

pp: reading response

64 Interview Questions
  • General guidelines
    • Find out what people want, then show them how you can help them get it.
      • find out what that employee is looking for
    • Turn weaknesses into strengths
    • Think before you answer, be thoughtful
    • Be optimistic, don't be negative and turn everything negative into positive
      • sharpens your selling skills
    • be honest
    • keep an interview diary
      • don't be like the 95% of humanity who say they will follow up on something, but never do
  • Key Questions that stood out to me:
    • Tell me about yourself.
      • careful not to get too deep into personal history
      • start with the present, why you're qualified for the position
      • do your research to figure out what they want
      • ask for more complete description of the position as soon as possible in order to better answer their question
      • pay attention to the third question they ask, it exposes what they're actually looking for
      • describe needs of this job and how they parallel to what you've done before (accomplishments)
    • Most desirable traits all employees want in their employers
      • proven tract record as an achiever
      • intelligent, management "savvy"
      • honesty, integrity
      • good fit with the team
      • likability, positive, sense of humor
      • good communication skills
      • dedication
      • clear goals
      • enthusiasm
      • confident
    • The "Silent Treatment"
      • some employers use the silent treatment to see how you respond under stress
      • don't become uneasy, and stand your ground
    • Why should I hire you?
      • know your answer ahead of time! 
      • and use specific examples
      • sell yourself
    • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
      • employers ask this question to see if you're using the job as a "stopover" until something better comes along
      • reassure your employer that you'll be there long-term

In general, this article is extremely practical and very useful. Interviewers tend to ask the same questions, despite the differences in position and location. Though each question the article covered was different, I realized a couple of things that remained constant throughout: be positive, be honest, be confident, and know your employer. As someone who uncomfortably sells myself, I need to use my successes as a platform and use them to my advantage. At the same time, I need to refrain from ever being negative and always put a positive spin on things. Though some of the points made in the reading seem intuitive, I realized that the importance of knowing your employer cannot be stressed enough. Through knowing what the interviewer is looking for and meeting those expectations, you already differentiate yourself from the other applicants.

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