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July 14, 2009

Wrapping up Interview Questions

Filed under: Interviewing — Anne Cloward @ 2:39 pm
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There is one crucial question that you do need to be prepared for:

Do you have any questions for me?

You had better have some questions. It’s your last time to impress everyone with your qualifications for the job.

Some good questions are:

  1. Are there any other qualities you are looking for in a candidate that we haven’t covered?
  2. Are there any more questions you have about my qualifications for this position?

    (This gives you a chance to once more restate your ability to do the job.)

  3. Where are you in the hiring process and when you plan to make a decision.

DO NOT ask about salary, hours, benefits or vacations. This is totally inappropriate at this stage.

Here are the last of the wacky questions

  1. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?

    (Are you asking me for a date?)

  2. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

    (You are not my shrink and you had better not send me a bill for a therapy session!)

  3. What is your greatest fear?

    That I would have to go through these questions again with you, for any reason!

  4. What are your lifelong dreams?

    Not to be answering questions like this all day.

  5. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?

    Since that has been the case many times, it comes with the territory.

  6. Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?

    What?

  7. If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?

    Jump up, drop to the floor and start a tantrum! Come on, it’s only a lunch.

And the last question is (drum roll, please!)

How do I rate as an interviewer?

Now just wait a cottonpicking minute here. If I tell you the truth, that you suck, then you won’t hire me. If I lie and say you were great, I lose all respect for myself and you.

This is a no win situation.

But be prepared. They can often slip that one in.

One last item.

Go to The Portland Examiner and start reading Susan Tait’s Unemployment columns. Today’s was especially good concerning this topic.

Or follow this link.

http://www.examiner.com/x-3773-Portland-Unemployment-Examiner~y2009m7d14-Selfcontradictions-in-interview-preparation-zen-for-the-weary


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