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November 04, 2011

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Here are some Job Interview Questions which you should be prepared to answer in your next interview. No, not ALL of them will be asked, but the more answers you are prepared for, the better you will do.

Are you prepared to answer these job interview questions?

Being able to answer job interview questions is very important. You need to take time out to understand each question as well as the reason behind it being asked. When you are able to define the purpose of each question, you will be better able to answer it in a manner that the employer finds acceptable. One of my favorite resources for understanding interview questions is a book by Martin John Yates titled, "Knock 'Em Dead: How to Answer Tough Interview Questions." Look for it on Amazon or at a local library.

Employers ask a variety of interview questions to gain insight into the kind of person you are, the work you are capable of doing and your attitude toward work. Being able to respond appropriately is essential to getting a job offer.

You have to be prepared for the interview if you are to remain competitive. Here are 99 job interview questions, some of which you might encounter in your next job interview. The more you can answer with style and sincerity, the more likely you will be to land a great job.

The 99 Questions List:
1. Tell me a little about yourself.
2. Why did you leave your last job?
3. Why should I hire you?
4. How do your skills relate to our needs?
5. What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
6. How would a good friend describe you?
7. What do you really want to do in life?
8. Who do you admire? Why?
9. Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
10. How long before you start making a contribution to this position?
11. Name two things that you would like to accomplish while working here.
12. What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
13. What makes you qualified for this position?
14. Are you willing to work overtime?
15. What was wrong with your current or last position?
16. What would you like to know about our firm?
17. Describe the best job you've ever had.
18. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years?
19. Why do you want to work for this company?
20. What have you disliked in your past jobs?
21. What are the attributes of a good worker?
22. What kinds of people frustrate you?
23. In the past year, what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance?
24. How long a commitment do you plan to give to this job?
25. Have you ever been involved in volunteer work?
26. What did you learn from the volunteer work that you performed?
27. What would your last boss say about your work performance?
28. Do you consider yourself a leader?
29. Why did you choose this career?
30. What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
31. What is the most boring job you have ever done?
32. What are your long range career objectives?
33. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
34. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
35. What skills do you have that other candidates might not have?
36. Do you have your reference list with you?
37. How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
38. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict?
39. Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job.
40. Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
41. What's the most recent book you've read?
42. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
43. What is the next step in your career plan?
44. What kind of hours are you used to working or would like to work?
45. What are you most passionate about?
46. How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?
47. How does this position fit into your overall career plan?
48. Describe your management style.
49. Are you willing to submit to a background check?
50. Have you ever managed a conflict? How?
51. What concerns you about our company?
52. Do you consider yourself to be a cheerful person?
53. What are the most important attributes of a good manager?
54. What plan of action do you take when facing a problem ?
55. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
56. Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
57. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
58. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be successful in this job?
59. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
60. What do you do when people disagree with your ideas?
61. Are you good at delegating tasks?
62. What are some of the problems you encounter in doing your job?
63. What's one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make?
64. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
65. How many hours per week do you expect to work?
66. What interests you about our products/services?
67. What do you know about our company?
68. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
69. What do you look for in a job?
70. How well do you adapt to new situations?
71. Tell me about your salary history.
72. How do you work under pressure?
73. Why did you decide to apply for this position?
74. What is more important to you: integrity or success?
75. How would you characterize your work ethic?
76. What else besides your school and job experience qualifies you for this job?
77. How do you determine or evaluate success?
78. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
79. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
80. What are some things you would like to avoid in a job? Why?
81. Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
82. Are you easy to get along with?
83. What do you see as the future of the Internet as a business tool?
84. Have you kept up in your field with additional training?
85. What does "failure" mean to you?
86. What are your three major accomplishments?
87. What types of pressures do you experience on your current job?
88. What questions didn't I ask that you expected?
89. What do you know about our competitors?
90. How will you fit in with the corporate culture here?
91. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
92. Would you be willing to relocate in the future?
93. What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
94. Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
95. Are you willing to relocate?
96. What will make you successful in this job?
97. How do you deal with competition?
98. If a background check were performed on you, what would it show?
99. What is the most creative thing you have ever done?

Be Prepared

Hopefully, these job interview questions will help you in your quest for a great job. Being able to answer a variety of job interview questions is essential. Get the job you want by being prepared.

Take a look at this page for more Job Interview information: Job Interview Secrets

and this page to avoid job interview mistakes: Interview Bloopers and How to Avoid Them

Job market improves modestly as unemployment falls - here is an article from By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER at The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The American job market improved modestly in October, and economists looking deeper into the numbers found real reasons for optimism or at least what counts for optimism in this agonizingly slow economic recovery.

The nation added 80,000 jobs. That was fewer than the 100,000 that economists expected, but it was the 13th consecutive month of job gains. Fears of a new recession that loomed over the economy this summer have all but receded.

The unemployment rate nudged down, to 9 percent from 9.1 in September.

"Those are pretty good signs," said Michael Hanson, senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "We're hanging in there."

No one looking at Friday's report from the Labor Department saw an end anytime soon to the high unemployment that has plagued the nation for three years. The jobless rate has been 9 percent or higher for all but two months since June 2009.

Still, economists pointed out bright spots in the report

One government survey that tracks the job market by canvassing households found a gain of 277,000 jobs in October and an average of more than 300,000 jobs a month since August.

A separate survey of employers is used to determine the overall jobs number, but the household survey is the only one that includes farms and the self-employed. It also may be better at picking up improvements in small business.

Average hourly wages rose 5 cents a week, to $23.19. More pay for workers means they have more spending power in the economy. Many businesses are waiting for customer demand to pick up before they hire in big numbers again.

August and September turned out to be much better months for job creation than first thought. The nation added 104,000 jobs in August and 158,000 in September, a total of 102,000 more than earlier estimates. The August figure was first reported as zero.

The number of people considered long-term unemployed, meaning they have been looking for work for at least six months, fell by 366,000, to 5.9 million. That is the fewest since April.

"Overall, while this report is not good enough, several key numbers are now moving in the right direction," Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency told clients. He said the odds for the next few months "seem to be improving."

The overall job gain was the smallest in four months. And because the population is always growing, it takes many more jobs, about 125,000 a month, to bring down the unemployment rate

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AND - related to the article above...

At Long Last, Women Gain Some Jobs in the Recovery - Federal Jobs Programs Could Help Accelerate Job Growth for Women

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women gained 66,000 of the 80,000 jobs gained this month, and they also gained 136,000 jobs in August and September compared with men's gain of 126,000 in those two months, as reported in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today (which included revisions for August and September as well as new numbers for October). Analysis of the new data by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) shows that the wide job gap between men and women fell from 1.6 million jobs to 1.5 million jobs.

The BLS also reported that the unemployment rate for women aged 16 years and older fell two-tenths of one percentage point, from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent, while men's increased from 9.4 percent to 9.5 percent for men in the same age range. For women who maintain families without the support of a spouse, the unemployment fell from 12.4 percent to 12.3 percent.

Men have gained back far more jobs in the recovery relative to the number they lost during the recession. Men have gained 30 percent (1.8 million) of the 6.0 million jobs they lost between December 2007 and January 2010 when their employment began to grow. Women have regained only 17 percent (465,000) of the total jobs they lost in the recession (2.7 million from December 2007 to the trough for women's employment in September 2010). Men are recovering more quickly than women, but the jobs recovery is slow for both men and women.

"Today's numbers are welcome news for women," said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President of IWPR and a labor economist. "But women are still lagging in the recovery when compared with men and, really, job growth has been extraordinarily slow for both women and men. The slower growth for women, in part, reflects the past year's job losses for women at the state and local government level. Federal assistance to state and local governments could really help women. Men are outpacing women in job growth in just about every sector. Only health care continues to show substantially more job growth for women than men."

If you would like to read more, go here: Women and Jobs

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