Won’t it be hard switching to a new company?
will find it hard to learn new tricks.
the many ways you have grown and adapted to changing conditions at your present
firm. It has not been a static situation. Highlight the different
responsibilities you’ve held, the wide array of new situations you’ve faced and
thrown at you, and you thrive on the stimulation of new challenges.
between the new position and your prior one.
Explain that you should be quite comfortable working there, since their
needs and your skills make a perfect match.
private, this is the last thing you want.
But if you don’t cooperate, won’t you seem as if you’re trying to hide
your job search private, but that in time, it will be perfectly okay.
search and, for obvious reasons; I’d prefer to keep it that way. I’d be most appreciative if we kept our
discussion confidential right now. Of
course, when we both agree the time is right, then by all means you should
contact them. I’m very proud of my
a hard time remembering the last time you were creative, analytical, etc.
commit to memory a list of your greatest and most recent achievements, ever
ready on the tip of your tongue.
achievements in light of the quality the interviewer is asking about. For example, the smashing success you
orchestrated at last year’s trade show could be used as an example of
creativity, or analytical ability, or your ability to manage.
weaknesses. Don’t fall for it.
positive. A good way to answer this
question is to identify a cutting-edge branch of your profession (one that’s
not essential to your employer’s needs) as an area you’re very excited about
and want to explore more fully over the next six months.
loser. Saying you never worry doesn’t
reflect negatively on you.
strongly goal-oriented person. So I keep
turning over in my mind anything that seems to be keeping me from achieving
those goals, until I find a solution.
That’s part of my tenacity, I suppose.”
number. Make it to low, and you may not
measure up. Too high, and you’ll forever
feel guilty about sneaking out the door at 5:15.
are in fact a workaholic and you sense this company would like that: Say you are a confirmed workaholic, that
you often work nights and weekends. Your
family accepts this because it makes you fulfilled.
workaholic: Say you have always
worked hard and put in long hours. It goes
with the territory. It one sense, it’s
hard to keep track of the hours because your work is a labor of love, you enjoy
nothing more than solving problems. So
you’re almost always thinking about
your work, including times when you’re home, while shaving in the morning,
while commuting, etc.
interviewer may conclude that whatever you identify as “difficult” is where you
“challenging” which is more positive.
Then, identify an area everyone in your profession considers challenging
and in which you excel. Describe the process
you follow that enables you to get splendid results…and be specific about those
challenging to motivate the troops in a recession. But that’s probably the
strongest test of a top sales manager. I
feel this is one area where I excel.”
force motivation is flagging because of a downturn in the economy, here’s the
plan I put into action immediately…” (followed by a description of each step in
the process…and most importantly, the exceptional results you’ve achieved.).
difficult situation and ask, “How would
you handle this?” Since it is
virtually impossible to have all the facts in front of you from such a short
presentation, don’t fall into the trap of trying to solve this problem and
giving your verdict on the spot. It will make your decision-making process seem
process you would follow in analyzing this problem, who you would consult with,
generating possible solutions, choosing the best course of action, and
monitoring the results.
would you do?” questions, always describe your process or working methods, and you’ll never go wrong.