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Walk me through a day in your current or most recent job.

If you made your presentation correctly in the beginning, the interviewing authority will not have to ask this question. If he or she does, be sure you have concise 60- to 90-second answers. Emphasize the parts of the job that most correlate to the one you are interviewing for. Just be sure you have practiced this answer. It is amazing the number of times candidates hem and haw at answering this question, simply because they haven't practiced.

What was the most difficult part of your last two jobs?

Whatever your answer is, you need to say, "Even though that was the most difficult part of the job, I met the challenge every time." Then communicate in very appreciative, upbeat tones about the hardest part of the job. You can even add something like, "meeting that challenging part of the job made me a better person." Adding a short story as to how you overcame a difficult challenge in each one of your last jobs really works.

What are you looking for in a job?

Obviously, you need to answer this question with an answer that has something to do with the job or position that you were applying for. Make sure that you say something along the lines of, "I've enjoyed the challenge of learning in just about every job I've had" and, again, "I'm looking for a position that's going to help make a company better and challenge me."

What do you look for in a job?

Whenever you get a question like this, stay away from the simple, low-level inducements to work. Answers like "Well, I look for the most money in a job" will not get you very far. You always want to highlight a higher level of thinking by emphasizing concepts of personal growth and satisfaction. Something along the line of, "Well, I'd like the work to be challenging. I enjoy being challenged every day. By being challenged I'm going to grow personally and professionally, and I find if I'm growing personally and professionally, the economics, benefits and many things like that will always take care of themselves" would be a good answer.

Describe the best job that you've ever had and why was it so much better than other ones you have had.

Whatever you describe, make it similar to the position for which you are currently interviewing. Something along the lines of, "You know, there have been some wonderful aspects to just about every job I've had. I have really loved all of them, and they are all 'best' for different reasons" is a great way to precede the answer.

How do you define success?

Simple answer, "When I contribute to a successful organization, I am successful. We both grow." Then perhaps relate a story about how "successful" you were in your last one or two jobs. Remember, people love stories, and they remember them long after they remember most everything else.

What is your greatest accomplishment in each of your last three jobs?

Be sure to tell a story about each accomplishment you had in each job. Whatever attribute was associated with the accomplishment needs to be supported by a short, interesting story. This is an easy question to prepare answers for, and you are going to get asked this question by just about everyone you interview with, so prepare.

Are you creative?

Simply cite one or two instances where you were creative and tell the story. Keep all stories short and to the point.

What do you know about the position you are applying for?

What little you know about the position, you can voice. And if you don't know a lot about it, make sure you add a question at the end of what you do know, something like, "Can you enlighten me as to what you think the position entails?" This can be a bit of a Catch-22 question. A smart-aleck—and you will run into a few of them—can come back and say to you, "Well, if you don't know much about what you are applying for, how do you know you can do it?" And the answer to any smart-aleck question like that is, "I know your organization to be the kind that I would like to join, and from what I understand, my skills fit best in this position. Can you enlighten me as to exactly what this position entails?"

 
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