Lesson: Job Interviews and Resumes

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Job Interview Questions (add questions to our Megalist here)

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What five adjectives best describe you?
  • How would friends and professors who know you well describe you?
  • What makes you stand out among your peers?
  • What are your strengths?  Best skills?  What are your major weaknesses?
  • Who is your personal and/or professional role model?  Why?
  • What are your career goals? Future plans?
  • What accomplishment or experience are you most proud of?
  • What were the best and worst parts of your university experience?
  • What do you know about this company? Why are you seeking a position with our company?
  • Why should we hire you for this job? What can you offer us that others cannot?
  • What things are most important to you in a work situation?
  • I see from your resume that you (studied, worked, went to…).  Can you tell me more about your experience there?
  • Give me an example from past experiences or a previous job where you have shown initiative.
  • If you had a choice, would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?  Why?
  • What salary are you expecting?  What do you expect to earn in this position?
  • Give me an example of an important goal that you set in the past and how you achieved it.
  • What motivates you to do a good job?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and employees?
  • What are your most satisfying accomplishments?
  • How have your educational experiences prepared you for for this position?
  • Which university classes did you enjoy the most?  The least?
  • What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
  • Tell me about the last time you made a mistake and how you corrected it.
  • What would you say are the major technical skills needed for this position?
  • Which pieces of software do you have experience with? How would you describe your skill level?
  • How would you grade your ability to communicate with management, customers, and peers?
  • I’m interested in hearing about the last time you took a risk. What was it and in retrospect, was it the right decision?
  • What has been the most challenging experience of your life? How did you confront that challenge?
  • What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you?
  • Your supervisor tells you to do something that is ethically wrong.  What do you do?
  • In general, how do you handle conflict?
  • How would you define a good working atmosphere?
  • Would you be willing to work late hours and/or on the weekend?
  • Would you prefer to work of a Korean company or an international company? Why?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about why you’d be a good fit for our company?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

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Job Interview Video Tips

  • Prepare examples for anything you say about your character and experiences
  • STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result
  • Read the job ad carefully and prepare answers related to what they are looking for

5 Tips to Ace an Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHDrj0_bMQ0 Behavior Based Questions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKBubKO-798

Why Should We Hire You?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NVYg2HNAdA
Job Interview Advice

From: http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/article/4340022/job-interview-tips-expert-advice-for-graduates/

Be Concise

Interviewees rambling on is one of the most common blunders Fogarty sees. “You really have to listen to the question, and answer the question, and answer it concisely,” he says. “So many people can’t get this basic thing down. You ask them a question, and they go off on a tangent. They might think you want to hear what they’re saying, but they didn’t answer your question.”

Provide Examples
It’s one thing to say you can do something; it’s another to give examples of things you have done. “Come with a toolbox of examples of the work you’ve done,” advises Fogarty. “You should come and anticipate the questions a recruiter’s going to ask based on the requirement of the role. Think of recent strong strategic examples of work you’ve done, then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities. You should say, ‘Yes, I’ve done that before. Here’s an example of a time I did that…,’ and then come back and ask the recruiter, ‘Did that answer your question?'”   More here

 


How to answer the question ‘Tell me about yourself‘.

More Job Interview Advice http://esl.about.com/od/jobinterviewing/a/Job-Interviewing-Listening-Comprehension.htm

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Advice

Useful words for Resumes and Job Interviews

Job skill collocations (words that go together)

Verbs  that can be used to express responsibilities and tasks performed:
actedaccomplished

adapted

administered

advanced

advised

allocated

analyzed

applied

approved

arbitrated

arranged

assisted

attained

blended

brought

built

carried out

catalogued

changed

classified

collaborated

compared

completed

computed

conceived

conducted

constructed

consulted

contracted

controlled

cooperated

coordinated

corrected

counseled

created

dealt

decided

decreased

defined

delegated

derived

designated

detected

developed

devised

directed

discovered

distributed

documented

doubled

edited

encouraged

engineered

enlarged

escalated

established

estimated

evaluated

examined

expanded

experienced

explored

facilitated

finalized

formulated

founded

functioned

governed

grouped

guided

handled

harmonized

harnessed

headed

identified

implemented

improved

increased

indexed

initiated

inspected

installed

instituted

interpreted

introduced

invented

investigated

justified

led

localized

located

made

managed

maintained

mechanized

merged

moderated

motivated

negotiated

opened

operated

organized

originated

overcame

perceived

performed

pioneered

planned

prepared

presented

presided

processed

programmed

promoted

provided

purchased

raised

recommended

recorded

recruited

rectified

redesigned

repaired

replaced

restored

reversed

reviewed

revised

saved

screened

selected

serviced

set up

solved

sorted

sparked

specified

started

stimulated

strengthened

summarized

supervised

supported

systematized

tested

trained

transacted

transcribed

transformed

tripled

upgraded

validated

varied

verified

vitalized

won

wrote

Words to describe your qualities and skills

accurate

active

adaptable

adept

analytical

broad-minded

competent

conscientious

creative

curious

dependable

detail-oriented

determined

diplomatic

disciplined

discreet

efficient

energetic

enterprising

enthusiastic

experienced

fair

fast learner

firm

genuine

hard-working

honest

innovative

logical

loyal

mature

methodical

motivated

objective

outgoing

passionate

personable

pleasant

positive

practical

problem solver

productive

proficient

punctual

reliable

resourceful

self disciplined

self-starter

sense of humor

sensitive

sincere

studious

successful

tactful

team-player

trustworthy

versatile

 

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