Decoding Interview Questions: What are they really asking?Written by Scott Brown
Interviews can be very stressful, so more prepared we are, better. One way to prepare ourselves is to brainstorm ideas about questions we may get asked, so we’ll be ready when time comes. But how do we know how to answer them? More than often, we get asked at least one question in an interview that seems to have little or nothing to do with job. Believe it or not, there is a reason for every question they ask. Here are some tips to help you decode interview language and find out what they really want to know.
Interviewers ask various questions to find out what kind of person you are and how you might be as an employee. Here are some of more popular interview questions and tips on how to answer them:
Q: “What is your greatest accomplishment in life so far?”
A: They’re not just trying to find out what kinds of things you’re good at. Interviewers ask questions like this because they’re trying to find out about your values. The way you answer this question reveals how you see world. The things that are of value to you contribute to your overall personality, which has a lot to do with your work habits. For example, if position requires applicant to have more education than learned skills, you might answer by saying you’re most proud of your college or graduate level degree. This shows interviewer that you have a solid understanding of what they’re looking for in an employee and you might be a good fit as well.
Q: “Why do you want to work for this company?”
A: Although this question seems fairly simple, a lot of people don’t seem to realize how important it is. Again, this relates to “good fit” idea. The way you answer this question has a lot to do with how much chemistry you may or may not have with company. Like any other relationship, it’s important to have good chemistry with people you work with. While it’s not same kind of chemistry you need in a personal relationship, it’s still important. They need to know if you have what it takes to join their team and if you’re willing to deliver. Instead of focusing on how good you would be at job, focus on exactly how you will help them exceed their goals. Try to come up with unique ideas that make sense and will separate you from other candidates. Be creative and show them you’ve taken some time to really think about your answer.
How to Find OpportunityWritten by H. Vanoy Barton
How To Find Opportunity by H. Vanoy Barton
Does business opportunity pass you by? Do your fondest dreams of financial success remain unfulfilled? Are material success and happiness concepts that have no substance in your life?
If answer to any of above is yes, count yourself among majority of humanity. If truth be told, and it will in this article, number one reason why so much of world's population lives an unfulfilled life is because they have said no to opportunity. The reason so many have said no is simple - they fail to recognize opportunity when it appears. The vast majority of people wait for opportunity to arrive but they only look for exactly their heart's desire of moment. Opportunity is most often a doorway opening to ever more opportunity While it is true that an opportunity may arise that is exactly what you hope, long and yearn for, it seldom happens. If it did we would be living in a magic kingdom where all dreams are realized and presented with flair by a saintly fairy godperson. We do not live in that world.
Opportunity is much like air we breathe it is everywhere and it is free. It may not come in form that we expect, but it comes everyday. It is a part of us. Perhaps you seek opportunity for a better job. It can be found every time you have that particular thought. The thought itself is that very opportunity, you must take next step.
For example, if indeed a better job opportunity is what you want, each time that thought arises, then immediately begin to think how you would react if opportunity did arise. Seize thought and fruition of that opportunity will become a reality in your life. Perhaps better job is very job you have now. Would your supervisor, or boss, recognize your abilities and ingenuity if you presented her, or him, a well conceived and well written memo on how your job, company, product, etc. could be made more profitable, more efficient, more pleasant, or more salable? Most supervisors, bosses, managers, etc. are open to thoughtful and honest suggestions that will better company because it will better them as well. However, refrain from disparaging comments about your current job, or comment. Do not dwell upon any negative aspects of any condition, or person in your memo. Rather make your memo a concise and energetic effort toward good for all concerned.