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March 10, 2009


The quality search

Interviewers, inevitably, seek the ideal candidate. To become this perfect hire, put yourself in the mind of the interviewer. Take a good look at yourself. What does this person look like? How does this person dress, and carry him or herself? Which qualities does this interviewee demonstrate in his or her answers? Increasingly, interviewers will ask behavioral questions -- questions that seek to understand you through the prism of your past behavior and accomplishments. Here's a look at some questions you might receive. These questions are designed to understand your level of enthusiasm for both the specific position, and in general.

How much do you want it?

During the interview, one quality for which your interviewer will undoubtedly be searching -- in your answers, handshake, appearance, and voice -- is enthusiasm about the industry, the company and the particular job opening. They're counting on you to bring in a jolt of fresh-faced exuberance. You can express your energy and aggressiveness in the interview, but true excitement is difficult to fake. Here are some questions designed to measure the true level of your enthusiasm and motivation.

  • What do you feel are your best and worst qualities, and how will these relate to the position?

  • What interests you about this position, industry, organization?

  • What are your long-term career goals?

  • What motivates you?

  • How important is winning to you?

  • What is the most difficult thing you've ever had to do. Why?

  • Has anyone ever really pushed you? How did you respond?


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