compare the job description with your abilities, as well as mentioning what you have accomplished in
other positions. Be positive and reiterate your interest in the company and the position.
Sample answer: “I’ve got extensive experience in [name the appropriate eld] and have the specic
skills you are looking for,” or “I’m a fast learner. I adapt quickly to change and will hit the ground
running” or “I’m dedicated and enthusiastic about helping this company meet its goals and will provide
top-quality results with minimal oversight. I’m an outstanding performer who takes pride in my work.
You won’t have any regrets when you hire me.”
5. What is your greatest strength? This is one of the easier interview questions you’ll be asked. When
you are asked questions about your strengths, it’s important to discuss attributes that qualify you for the
job. The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience directly correlated with the job for
which you are applying.
Sample answer: “When I’m working on a project, I don’t want to just meet deadlines. Rather, I prefer
to complete the project well ahead of schedule” or “I pride myself on my customer service skills and my
ability to resolve what could be difcult situations.”
6. How do you handle stressful situations? Give some examples of stressful situations you’ve dealt
with in the past. Tell how you use time management, problem-solving or decision-making skills to reduce
Sample answer: “I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and
doesn’t become stressful” or “I actually work better under pressure and I’ve found I enjoy working in a
7. What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? Be sure to include
specic examples of how you handled a particular difcult situation. Discuss how you researched the
issue and contributed to nding a solution.
Sample answer: “During a difcult nancial period, I was able to satisfactorily negotiate repayment
schedules with multiple vendors” or “When the software development of our new product stalled, I
coordinated the team that managed to get the schedule back on track. We were able to successfully
troubleshoot the issues and solve the problems within a very short period of time.”
8. I see from your application you have been convicted of a crime. Will you explain this to me? Be
prepared to answer questions about your criminal record. Do not be lengthy in answering the question.
Be truthful and accountable. Talk about regret, responsibility and redemption in your answer. It is best to
write this out and practice prior to the interview.
Sample answer: “I’m glad you asked because I want you to feel comfortable hiring me. I want to assure
you it had nothing to do with my previous employers. I made some poor choices I wish I hadn’t made,
but I have matured and will never make those same choices. Since then, I’ve taken the time to decide
what eld I would like to get into, have enrolled in several clerical courses and can type 50 wpm. I am
familiar with several software programs for word processing and have excellent phone skills. I am very
interested in learning all I can about this industry and I know I would be an asset to your organization,”
or “When I was younger I got mixed up with the wrong crowds and got in trouble for breaking into
cars. We all do things when we are young we regret. I used the time to my advantage by completing an
air conditioning and heating training program and received my certicate. I’ve researched several air
conditioning companies in the area and yours is well respected. I would really like to be a part of your
team” or “In my past, I was involved with drugs, but that is all behind me and I’ve taken control of my
life. I have two years experience in food service and want to stay in this industry and learn as much as
possible. Because of my past, when you hire me, your company is eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax
Credit, which can save you up to $2,400. Are you familiar with this program?”
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