"I never worked a day in my life.
It's not work when you love what you're doing."
-David Shakarian (founder of General Nutrition, Inc.)
They're Looking For
|What They Ask|
What They Want To Know
|9 Ways To
Blow An Interview
3MAIN THINGS INTERVIEWERS LOOK FOR:
Can do: Does the person have experience, qualifications to be able to do the job? Education, work history, skill inventory can all provide insight into this.
Will do: Have they done this before? In similar situation/environment? Assesses potential---"they have performed in past - they will perform for us in future."
Fit: Will this person be a part of our team? How will they 'fit' into the department? This looks to interpersonal skills, how the person accomplishes tasks, management style.
|What they ask||What they're looking for|
|Give me a specific example of something you did that helped build enthusiasm in others.||Leadership skills|
|Tell me about a difficult situation when it was desirable for you to keep a positive attitude. What did you do?||Stress management skills|
|Give me an example of a time you had to make an important decision. How did you make the decision? How does it affect you today?||Decision-making skills|
|Give me an example of a time you had to persuade other people to take action. Were you successful?||Leadership skills|
|Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person. How did you handle the situation?||"People" skills|
|Tell me about a time you had to handle multiple responsibilities. How did you organize the work you needed to do?||Time management skills|
9 WAYS THAT 9 REAL PEOPLE BLEW 9 REAL INTERVIEWS
Dozed off and started snoring during the interview.
Wore a Walkman and said she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
Challenged the interviewer to arm-wrestle.
Said if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
Interrupted the interview to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions.
Brought her large dog to the interview.
Abruptly excused himself, then, returned to office a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.
Chewed bubble gum and blew bubbles.
Stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.
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