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 Infamous questions asked during an Interview

You found your job at JobsInSports.com, you've aced the resume-sift, the cover letter was a hit, and now you've landed an interview first thing next week. If you're a seasoned interviewing professional with more interviews under your belt than Mark McGwire has home runs, then you may not need the following advice...but then again...it would seem those interviews are not being converted into a job. Here are a couple of ideas you can take with you for the next time you are up at bat.

 

Tell me about yourself?

"Well, I like to watch NASCAR on my favorite couch in my underwear!" OK, you're hired. If you are lucky it could go something like that. Chances are the interviewer really doesn't want to know about your intimate personal life. What the interviewer is looking for here is how well you can equate your personal attributes to the job. You can break the ice with some general personal information; however remain focused and realize that it is a serious question. It is not just simply an opportunity to ramble-on about yourself.

Do you know anything about our company?

If you answer anything along the lines of: "Not much" - you're history. Do your research before you go into the interview. Find out product lines, service streams, income sources, corporate vitality, and mission statements. If you know even a few of these, it will put some nice black marks in the positive column. The easiest way to find out about a company is to visit their website if they have one. If they don't have one, then it permissible to contact the company itself and state that you are doing research and would like to know any sources of information about the company. They might mail you everything that you ever wanted to know. During the interview, make sure to point out something the company does uniquely or an aspect about the company that only research would reveal. This immediately tells the interviewer that you are serious about getting the job.

 

What is most appealing about the position, and what is the least?

When you answer this question, try to give at least 3 to 5 reasons why you would like the job. Try to stay away from the specific perks of the job in your answer. For example, if you're interviewing for a stadium concession stand attendant job, and a perk is all the free drinks your bladder can hold, don't say, "I'm in it for the beer." Try to find appealing aspects about the job that relate to your personal and professional qualities. If there are less appealing aspects about the position, pick one that you feel strongest about and make sure you are able to communicate why you're not too happy about it.

Why should we hire you?

"I have icy cool breath." You could give an answer like that if interviewing to be the professional spokes-model for an organization. It is important to keep your answer related to what you can bring to the organization. In essence, what can you bring to the table. Explain how you have implemented innovative strategies or how you have solved complex problems. This question also gives you the opportunity to talk about how your skills are relevant to the organization, which is reinforced by the information gathered during your research.

 interview questions

These are just a few questions that you may be asked during your interview. Just be sure that you do your research, steady your nerves, effectively communicate, and swing that bat hard. All of us here at JobsInSports.com are dedicated to helping with your swing, and finding a job. Subscribe today and find a great company to join.

 

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