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Killer Questions.........

by Carl
Date: Sep 2008
Swindale Parks' Top Tips to help you secure your next Sales or Marketing & Creative job...........
 
Picture the scene - the interview is going well, you are getting on famously with the interviewer and a job offer is so close that you can almost smell it - surely nothing can stop you fulfilling your destiny and claiming your prize!! Wrong – you haven’t allowed for the killer interview question!!! Every interviewer has one, a favourite teaser designed to test your ability to think on the spot and react under pressure. The killer question will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many an unsuspecting interviewee – make sure you are not one of them. To ensure you don’t come unstuck with the finishing line in sight think about the kind of questions you may be asked and even rehearse your answers. Here are some to get you thinking……
 
1. What is your biggest weakness and how do you manage it?
2. What is your greatest strength and give me an example of how you have exploited it to your benefit?
3. Who will you miss most when you leave your current employer and why?
4. What do you have to offer that the other applicants don’t?
5. What value will you add to my business?
6. I think you are over qualified for this job?
7. What would your priorities be in your first 12 months of the role?
8. I don’t think you can do the job. Do you agree?
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
10. Describe a difficult situation you handled well??
11. Describe a difficult situation you handled badly?
12. Define profitability?
 
And our personal favourite and aptly numbered……..
 
13. What’s 30% of 90!!! 
 
How you respond is just as important as what you say, your preparation will allow you to be calm, relaxed and considered when put on the spot. Rather than appearing to jump in feet first and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Take a moment to collect your thoughts before confidently delivering your upbeat, positive answer.
 
PS – if you can’t work out what 30% of 90 is don’t guess and don’t prolong the agony – be honest and move on. The interviewer will appreciate your candour.
 
For more advice or assistance with your job search contact a specialist sales or marketing consultant via email or on 0121 585 6079
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