Graduation is fast-approaching (I'm still gonna graduate too! Lol. But thank goodness I have managed my only three real job interviews fairly well and passed! ^_^ so I was actually in a dilemma of choosing which job is best for my interests O.o). And many college students will now be facing the world of the unemployed and job-seekers. It's like a new world of possibilities, challenges, and essentially, one may go through a lot of failures and hardships along the way (unless you're so blessed and instead of looking for a job, the job is already waiting for you to graduate).
One of the things that a fresh graduate must kept in hand should be a set of skills needed for the career they are going to pursue as well as some valuable tools and resources. Whether you want to be employed or you want to pursue being a businessperson, you must be prepared physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically if you want to survive in the real world.
As for this post, this is particularly important for those people who desire to join the work-force and contribute their energy and effort to a company whose visions and missions are inclined to their beings. These concerns job interviews which is one of the first and foremost challenge a fresh graduate must face. Here are some of the top 50 most common interview questions that the people should be anticipating about and should prepare themselves to answer them in a way that can land them the job they desire.
The questions are ranked by how often they are asked in job interviews.
1. Do you have any questions for me?
2. Tell me about yourself.
3. What are your strengths? Your weaknesses.
4. Why should we hire you?
5. Why do you want to work here?
6. Tell me your three weaknesses.
7. Describe your ability to deal with conflict.
8. What are your three greatest strengths?
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
10. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
11. Why do you apply for this position?
12. What has been your greatest accomplishment?
13. Why did you leave your previous job?
14. How do you plan to achieve these goals?
15. Briefly describe your ideal job?
16. What is your definition of great customer service? (Uh...this might only apply to customer service related jobs obviously O.o)
17. What are your short-term goals? Long-term?
18. How would your friends or coworkers describe you?
19. Are you a team player?
20. What is your philosophy towards work?
21. Briefly describe the type of career opportunity you are seeking.
22. How do you motivate people?
23. How do you manage multiple tasks/projects?
24. What are your salary requirements?
25. How would you deal with this kind of situation? (Ex. tension and disagreement)
26. Can you work well under deadlines or pressure?
27. When can you start to work if hired?
28. Do you consider yourself successful?
29. How do you define success?
30. Describe a situation you took full responsibility for actions and outcome.
31. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
32. Describe your work ethic.
33. How do you establish a working relationship with new people?
34. What are your career goals?
35. Explain how you would be an asset to this company.
36. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
37. Tell me three books you have read recently.
38. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
39. What kind of experience did you gain from your previous job/internship/etc?
40. In what kind of work environment are you comfortable in?
41. How do you think your education has prepared you for this type of position?
42. What have you done to improve your skills/knowledge from last year?
43. If hired, how long do you expect to work for us?
44. How would you adapt to a new work environment?
45. Describe a situation where you had an irate customer and how did you handle it?
46. May I check your reference?
47. What kinds of situations put you under stress? How do you handle that stress?
48. Describe work-related problems and how you solved them.
49. How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution to our company?
50. How do you think you will compensate for your lack of experience?
Well that's it! Just make sure your answers are honest and doesn't sound scripted or else the interviewer might get a hint of it. Also, be true to yourself or possibly, be your best self!
Well, congrats to all the graduates of 2010! :)