What do you like most about this position? And what you like least about this position?

Be prepared to address a particular aspect about the job that is going to be a positive challenge for you. The answer is something like, "I'm very anxious to take on the responsibility of this job. (This) and (that) about the job are most exhilarating. The right manager with experience will give me the chance to expand on what I've learned. I don't really think that there's anything about the job that I've heard so far that I going to dislike. I'm sure there are going to be some things that I will like more than others, but that's to be expected in any job."

Do you prefer to delegate or be a "hands-on" employee?

Simple answer: "I feel comfortable in delegating those things that should be delegated and personally doing the things that I do best. I know that even when work is delegated, not everyone is going to do the job just exactly the way I would. But I'm comfortable with that."

If you could start your career over again, what would you do differently?

Answer this question very carefully. If you answer this question in any negative way, you're going to shoot yourself in the foot. Being dismissive about it by saying something like, "Well, I'd rather have become golf pro" won't get you very far. Instead, communicate that you have made some mistakes in your career path but they were minor ones, that you learned from them and, looking back on them, there is not anything in the overall sense that you would do much differently.

If you could choose any organization to work for, whom would you go to?

This can be a trick question. If you enthusiastically say with a big smile on your face, "Unequivocally, this company is absolutely the one I would go to work for," you don't seem genuine. So you might say something along the lines of, "All of the organizations that I am talking to are quality firms with quality people just like this one. All of the positions that I am interviewing for have their strengths and weaknesses. A job is pretty much what you make it once you show up and start working. I see the opportunity to work here in your firm as one of the best opportunities available to me."

What is the most recent skill you have learned?

Try to keep the answer to a business skill. Learning to roller blade or play golf may really motivate you, but most hiring authorities aren't interested in hearing about it. Talk about one of the business skills that you've recently acquired or business seminar that you attended. Tell a story.

How do you keep updated and informed in a professional sense?

This is like a question, "What professional books have you read?" You better have a really good answer for it. Being a member of a professional organization does help. Simply subscribing to professional journals is not a good answer. You may get this question quite often, but once you have the answer you could give the same one to everyone.

What is the most important professional lesson that you have learned from the jobs that you have had?

Pick out one or two "important" lessons that you learned from each job that you held and relate them briefly.

Do you want to move into management?

This can be a loaded question. If you are not interviewing for a management position and you answer that you would love to get into management, you may be eliminated. The hiring authority may feel that since you are not being hired into a management position, and he or she doesn't know if a management position would ever materialize, you would leave as soon as you found out a management position was not available. On the other hand, if you say something like, "Well, I would never consider a management position," you may come across as not ambitious. So, the answer is something like, "I do believe I have management potential, but I know that good 'chiefs' are also good 'Indians.' If I prove myself in whatever role I am in, if there are opportunities to advance, I'm sure that I will be considered.

I will try to do those jobs equally well. If I do the task at hand, tomorrow and future positions will take care of themselves."

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