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Questions to help preparation

The ten toughest questions asked in an interview have been compiled by recruitment firm Monster.com.au to help interviewees be better prepared.

1. Why haven’t you found a new position before now?

Finding a job is easy. Finding the right job is more difficult.

2. Do you generally speak to people before they speak to you?

Depends on the circumstances.

3. What salary are you worth?

Have a specific figure in mind – do not be hesitant.

4. Why should we hire you? What can you do for us that someone else cannot?

Because of my knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Relate past

experiences that could benefit the prospective employer.

5. What are your weak points?

Do not say you have none. Turn a negative into a positive. e.g. I am sometimes intent on completing an assignment and get too deeply involved.

6. How successful have you been so far?

Think carefully and relate your answer to your career accomplishments.

7. What is the toughest part of a job for you?

Be honest – remember not everyone can do everything.

8. How do you resolve conflict?

First discuss issues privately.

9. What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make? Try to relate your response to the prospective employment situation.

10. What does your boss or subordinates think of you?

Be honest and positive. It is easy to check your responses.

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