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  1. Chapter 1: Answering 6 common interview questions
    Before You Read
  2. Working With Reading
  3. After You Read
    2 Practices
  4. Building Vocabulary
    2 Practices
  5. Reading Skill
    2 Practices
  6. Discussion And Writing
  7. Chapter 2: Young Women Changing the world
    Before You Read
  8. Work With Reading
  9. After You Read
  10. Building Vocabulary
  11. Reading Skill
  12. Discussion And Writing
  13. Chapter 3: Students Learning teams
    Before You Read
    2 Practices
  14. Working With Reading
  15. After You Read
  16. Building Vocabulary
  17. Reading Skill
  18. Discussion And Writing
  19. Chapter 4: Learning to Speak
    Before You Read
  20. Working With Reading
  21. After You Read
  22. Building Vocabulary
  23. Reading Skill
  24. Discussion And Writing
  25. Chapter 5: The Man in the Moon Has Company
    Before You Read
  26. Working With Reading
  27. After You Read
  28. Building Vocabulary
  29. Reading Skill
  30. Discussion And Writing
  31. Chapter 6: Culture Shock
    Before You Read
  32. Working With Reading
  33. After You Read
  34. Building Vocabulary
  35. Reading Skill
  36. Discussion And Writing
  37. Chapter 7: Private Lives
    Before You Read
  38. Working With Reading
  39. After You Read
  40. Building Vocabulary
  41. Reading Skill
  42. Discussion And Writing
  43. Chapter 8: A Young Blind Whiz
    Before You Read
  44. Working With Reading
  45. After You Read
  46. Building Vocabulary
  47. Reading SKill
  48. Discussion And Writing
  49. Chapter 9: How to Make a Speech
    Before You Read
  50. Working With Reading
  51. After You Read
  52. Building Vocabulary
  53. Reading Skill
  54. Discussion And Writing
  55. Chapter 10: Conversational Ball Games
    Before You Read
    2 Practices
  56. Working With Reading
  57. After You Read
  58. Building Vocabulary
  59. Reading Skill
  60. Discussion And Writing
  61. Chapter 11: Letters of Application
    Before You Read
    2 Practices
  62. Working With Reading
  63. After You Read
  64. Vocabulary Building
  65. Reading Skill
  66. Discussion And Writing
  67. Chapter 12: Out to Lunch
    Before You Read
  68. Working With Reading
  69. After You Read
  70. Vocabulary Skill
  71. Reading Skill
  72. Discussion And Writing
  73. Chapter 13: Public Attitudes Toward Science
    Before You Read
  74. Working With Reading
  75. After You Read
  76. Vocabulary Skill
  77. Reading Skill
  78. Discussion And Writing
  79. Chapter 14: The Art of Genius
    Before You Read
  80. Working With Reading
  81. After You Read
  82. Vocabulary Skill
  83. Reading Skill
  84. Discussion And Writing
Lesson 1 of 84
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Before You Read

Kunthea May 1, 2021

Chapter Focus:

  • Achieving academic success through teamwork
  • Skimming and Scanning
  • Learning collocations

1 While you’ll never be able to anticipate every question you might be
asked in an interview, you can get a head start by developing strong,
concise answers to commonly used questions. Most interviewers will ask
similar questions like these to gain knowledge about a candidates abilities
and qualifications and compatibility with the job and the company.

1. Tell me about yourself.

This is often the opening question in an interview. It’s also one of the
most difficult if you’re not prepared. Remember, the interviewer does not
want to hear about your hometown or your hobby.

10 This question calls for your one-minute commercial that summarizes
your years of experience and skills and your personality in the context
of the job for which you are interviewing. Get to the point and sell
your professional self. Develop a few brief sentences that demonstrate
you have what it takes to do the job—experience, proven results, and
15 desire to contribute.

2. Why should we hire you?

The key to answering any question about you versus your competition
is using specifics. “Everybody is going to speak in generalities, so you need
something that will make you stand out a bit,” said Linda, a teacher in
20 Springfield, Ohio. Give real examples that show them you are best-suited
for the job. Linda says she would point out her achievements and
accomplishments throughout her career that are relevant to the open
position, as well as her experiences in dealing with different types of
students and teaching situations. Pinpoint the qualities you have that are
25 truly valuable to the company.

3. Why do you want to work here? What do you know about
our company
?

Peter, a physician in Indianapolis, said that research is important in
answering these questions. “I would use this opportunity to show off what
30 I know about the company and, more importantly, how I would fit in.”

Susan, a vice president of benefits in Chicago, said that she would
address issues and challenges in the company to demonstrate the depth of
her knowledge. “I usually talk about revenue, numbers of employees, and
also challenges in their type of business and how my experience relates to
35 that,” she said. “I would point out things I have done in similar companies
that could address their problems.”

4. What are your weaknesses?
The secret to answering this question is using your weaknesses to your
advantage. “I would turn my weaknesses into strengths,” said Tara, an
40 attorney. “For example, if my weaknesses include my lack of patience,
 I would then state that, because of this, I have learned to take special
measures to ensure that I remain calm and attentive.” Just make sure that
you do give a real answer to this question. None of us is without faults, so
don’t pretend that you do not have weaknesses.

45 5. What did you dislike about your last job? Why did you leave your
last job?

You need to be cautious about these kinds of questions and make sure
you do not end up sounding bitter. “I would never talk down about my
former company, the boss, or my former co-workers,” Tara said.

50 You need to have a good understanding about the job for which you’re
applying to turn this question into a positive one. It may be best to say
that you really enjoyed many aspects of your job, then focus on how this
new job will give you the opportunity to contribute more in a particular
area that is key to the position.

55 6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

An interviewer does not want to hear that your five-year aspiration
is to be sailing in the Caribbean or working in a different industry.
You need to talk about goals you have that relate to the job. This will
demonstrate that you understand the industry and the company and are
60 motivated to succeed there. Susan, the director of public relations at a
major car rental company, said she would keep her answer specific to her
field, such as stating that she sees herself as vice president of corporate
communications.  

Preparation is the key to answering any question with poise and
65 confidence. Always keep in mind—whatever the question is—that the
interviewer is trying to uncover if you are a good fit and can make a
positive contribution to the job.


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