Interviewers are looking for sharp workers who can represent the company or organization well.
You only have one chance to make a great first impression, and that first impression lasts a long
time. Even with this knowledge, many job candidates still fail to make a great first impression
and destroy their chances for a productive business relationship by failing to properly answer the
most common interview questions.
You should have done your homework and found out as much information about the company
and the type of work they perform. Among typical interview questions, there are two that seem
to stump many people.
“Tell me about yourself.”
Many interviewees lose their composure with this question, and the variety of their answers
range from nonsense to silly to mindboggling. Before we explore what you should say, let’s
look at what you should not say. This is not the time, for example, to say something along the
lines of, “Well, my name is Jane Doe, I am graduating in the spring, I live with my parents,
and really want this job.” That is all wrong! First, the interviewer already knows your name.
Second, in an interview, you should never mention your marital situation or your family status.
Use this question as an opportunity to tell the interviewer who you are professionally and sell
them on how your knowledge and experience can help their organization. Sell your skills, your
potential, your enthusiasm. Answer the question as if you are playing a game in which the
person who can sell himself or herself best is the winner that gets the job, not the most qualified
candidate. It’s a game you need to know how to play well.
Another common answer invokes a laundry list of adjectives to describe oneself. That is boring
and does a great disservice to your chances. For example, do not say, “Well, I am hard working,
dependable and prompt, and I work well with people.” Okay, so what is the interviewer to do if
What determines your attitude? Your attitude is determined by the thoughts and feelings you
meditate on daily. Some may argue that it is determined by the circumstances in your life but that
is false. Life will always bring positive and negative situations. Charles Swindoll says that life
is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. With that in mind, it is fair to say that
the attitude you have now is the result of a decision you made this morning when you woke up.
Some of you decided to smile and say nice things to others because your life circumstances seem
to be in order. Someone else decided to be short tempered and rude because nothing seems to be
going his or her way.
Regardless of how you feel now, it is important to know that true success and maturity is
obtained when you choose not to let your circumstances dictate your behavior. It is also
imperative to understand that it is always your decisions and not your feelings that determine
When you start your day tomorrow, consciously decide to have a positive attitude regardless of
the challenges that face you.