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I think I'm getting better at this interviewing thing. I have things to say usually, even though sometimes I think I may say too much or not what I should ;) It's still better than answering with one short sentence, which is what I'd tended to do in the past.


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If you want some help crafting answers, I'd be happy to give it. I have a reputation now as a very tough, very sadistic interviewer. :)


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Hmm... if I get a sadistic interviewer, I'm not sure I'd want to even work for that company ;) What sort of questions do you ask?

Now I know to anticipate and prepare answers to questions like "Tell me about yourself/your resume," "Why should I hire you?" "Why do you want to work here?" and "What do you know about our firm?"


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Hmm. I've missed out on a lot, so I may have missed a post about this. What kind of job are you going for? I can probably come up with a few talking points based on the type of job.

I tend to drop trick questions into my interviews. My favorite one is "When is it acceptable to deviate from established procedures?" Anyone who answers "Never" loses points with me, because I want people who aren't afraid to think but who can use good judgment. Anyone who says "Well, some situations don't fit procedures, so I'd come up with a solution and check with you" wins.

Once I'm familiar with someone's work history or their last position, I ask what they did better than their co-workers. What made them stand out? Then I ask what they did better than their boss, to see if they can disagree with a boss without being insubordinate.

Memorize your success stories, with a focus on what the challenge was and how you succeeded in spite of that challenge. Tell them in a short "story" format, because it illustrates your communication ability without you actually having to say you're good at that.

With the exception of the whole "what I was better at than my boss" thing, it's not a bad idea to have stories about how qualified you are in these areas ready to insert whenever you get the chance, as long as they're not too long-winded.

This is just off the top of my head at bedtime. What questions have you gotten that you weren't sure how to answer?


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I'm looking for an entry-level position in public accounting (CPA). Or if my current employer (Yum! Brands) wishes to extend the offer for a full-time position, I'd be amenable to that ;) Resume

Thanks for the ideas!


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Quite welcome! Knowing the type of job you're looking for, you should probably also anticipate questions about your ethics and integrity. You've probably got that part down, but just in case, I'd think of some experiences where you've had to deal with dishonesty in the workplace and how you handled it.

Also, I have to say, I really like your resume. It's extremely organized and well-written, it's clear you've proofread it, and it's also clear that you know how to cut through the things an employer wouldn't care about and highlight your most marketable skills.

(Sure you don't want to move to Minnesota and audit mortgages for a living? If my staffing requests ever get approved, I'm going to be looking for people, and the supervisors who report to me would do cartwheels over a resume like yours. Just saying. :))


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