How To Answer The Most Difficult Interview Questions

Written by Gerard McLoughlin

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1. Why are you leaving your current job?

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3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This particularly tricky question requires painstaking preparation and rehearsal. The interviewer is looking for evidence of critical self-assessment and a commitment to continuous self-development. Stress specific job-related strengths and accomplishments. Select one weakness that could be viewed both as positive and negative, e.g. you are a perfectionist who tends to work too long hours. Show, by particular example, how you have successfully addressed this tendency. Make sure to portray yourself in a positive light. Never mention a weakness that is directly related to job for which you are being interviewed.

4. Tell me about yourself.

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How To Talk Your Boss Into Giving You A Salary Increase

Written by Gerard McLoughlin

* If you believe you deserve a salary increase, ask for it as soon as possible; don't procrastinate or wait for your employer to offer it.

* Determine what you are worth inrepparttar marketplace by carrying out a survey of people in comparable jobs. Never base your case on a need for more money.

* Be realistic in your assessment of what you are worth and what your employer would be willing or able to pay. Have an exact figure in mind before entering into negotiations. Avoid comparisons. Never compare your salary to someone else's.

* Remember that bosses want employees who contribute torepparttar 150653 company's success by:increasing sales, profits and efficiency; decreasing waste, costs and time taken; improving corporate image, customer relationships and competitive advantage.

* Carry out a detailed analysis of your job description. Be as objective as you can, identifying specific ways in whichrepparttar 150654 company has benefited from your skills, qualifications, work, and experience.

* Anticipate difficult questions, by identifying weaknesses in your case and preparing positive answers.

* If you have records of recent appraisals, study them carefully highlighting your achievements and indicating how you have addressed any shortcomings.

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