Preparation for your Next Career Step
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Focus on items that demonstrate why you would be a good PERSON to hire to spur further conversation about you (play sports, cook, get friends together, like to do projects.... whatever you say will open the door to other questions about you.
2. Why do you want this job?
Your answer should mean something to the employer such as you like their type of work or the people you've met, proximity to your home.... Avoid anything that sounds like "I need a job - any job!"
3. What is your greatest strength?
Find something that would impact your workplace (honesty, punctuality, team work, happy personality.....) and what it means to your employer.
4. What is your greatest weakness?
We ALL have them! If you aren't sure - ask your Mother :) Find one that you have identified and how you are working to overcome it. Such as...I always say "Yes" when asked to help not wanting to disappoint anyone. However, I found myself always overcommitted. I am learning to better prioritize myself and say "no" when necessary.
5. Why should we hire you?
Have a short list of your assets that align with the employer's needs (punctuality, specific skills you have..).
6. Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
Leadership can be leading people, a project or taking initiative in handling something.
7. Tell me about a time you were successful on a team.
Successful on a team can be that you completed your part, on time, under budget, and helped the entire project... or something personal such as you worked with your neighbors to accomplish a safety goal.
8. What was something that went wrong at work and how did you handle it?
Choose some situation that was due to YOUR action (not someone else's). OWN YOUR MISTAKE! Then how did you fix the situation, what was the end result and WHAT DID YOU LEARN!
9. What would your co-workers say about you?
Be real! Keep in mind that the employer will likely talk to those people for references.
10. What is your dream job?
Keep in mind the job you are interviewing for - ensure your answer is in the same line of work - healthcare such as "I would like to work toward my RN at night school" or "I love working with patients so anything Back Office is wonderful to me." BEWARE - If your answer is something like "acting", they are likely to recommend you focus on that other career path and pass you by assuming that as soon as your acting career takes off, you would leave.
11. Tell me about something you’ve accomplished that you are proud to share.
Can be an education level, new skill, personal goal....
12. What do you like to do outside of work?
This answer is important as it could open the door for discussions of your marital status, children, religion etc... choose your answer wisely. Depending on your situation, you might stick to things YOU personally do that don't necessarily require other people such as cooking, sports, reading (be sure you have a book in mind that isn't a comic book :),
13. Tell me about a time you had to manage conflicting priorities.
Another very important answer as it can illustrate how you balance work with personal priorities.
14. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If you have no plan in mind "Here, if you hire me!" is a good answer. If you plan to go to school, move etc... keep in mind that employers want to know that if they go to the time and expense of hiring you that you will be there for a while. If you mention future or present schooling, be sure to define how it will NOT interfere with work (night school) but will help the employer with your increased skills.
15. Tell me about a time you failed or made a mistake.
Can be work or personal BUT be sure you own your mistake, why it happened (don't blame others!) and discuss what you learned from it!
16. Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult person.
Avoid the blame game! Identify in your own mind the reason that person was difficult and how YOU dealt with them to try to maintain a positive situation.
17. Tell me how you would learn a new computer program without someone else's help.
PROACTIVE ANSWER REQUIRED! If you say "can you TRAIN ME?" you will likely not be hired. The best answer is that you can look over the program and use the help tools and internet to likely figure out at least the basics. SO - get familiar with the computer so you can utilize a "Help" menu plus there are YouTube videos for everything! You can also get on the program and click the icons to determine what they do... Practice learning a new skill on a program you know like Word or Excel so you feel comfortable "self-learning." If you need help with computer proficiency - call us for guidance 310-393-2228!
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