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Common Interview Questions: A Bad Answer and A Good Answer Examples
February 24th, 2010 by Sergey Novoselov  Posted in Interviewing, Job Search, Most Popular

A woman, interviewing for a pharmaceutical sales position, answers common interview questions. Denham Resources created great examples of bad and good answers.

Tell Me about Yourself: Example of a Bad Answer

Tell Me about Yourself: Example of a Good Answer

Tell Me about Your Weakness: Example of a Bad Answer

Tell Me about Your Weakness: Example of a Good Answer

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  • I am so that person as much as I practice I turn into that bumbling idiot and in today's economy it is a shame for me to continue to be that way

  • Good work! A good help to the students and Job aspirants. Certainly by watching these videos students or Teachers can Learn or unlearn few things.

  • Thank you for the post!!!

    I am really impressed - loved the presentation in here.

    I think it will help me on Monday's interview!!!

    Fingers crossed!!!

  • 1. Tell me about youself should be the easiest question to answer. The first thing you should say to that is "where do you want me start" because the answer will tell you what aspect of yourself to focus on as to appeal to the employers needs. You should have specific examples of the qualities you give and they should be complimentary to the ones described on your resume. If you fill 'tell me about yourself' with 'um...' what happens when you have to fill 'tell me what solutions you're qualified to provide for this company's problems?'

    2. When an interviewer asks what weakenesses you have than you turn it into a story of how you made something into a strength. For example, I have a tendency to become impatient with people under my leadership. To fix that, I made kiddy versions of my projects and did with kids what I was too impatient to learn with adults. My answer to that question would be an anecdote of how I learned to give the right tasks to the right people so that I wouldn't become impatient in the event they couldn't complete the task at hand, and how I developed my leadership skills by developing a sense of what personalities and backgrounds went with the tasks I needed to give out. So, the weaknesses question is all about showing an improvement and the iniative it takes to make one.

  • These videos show some very clean differences between good responses and bad responses. Body language also plays a very clear role that some candidates don't realize. You may feel nervous or self conscious, but don't bounce around or shrug your shoulders like she does.

    However, a critical point is missing from last "good" example of a weakness. She admits that sometimes she can be "down right rude" to co-workers. This is a big flag that she never addresses. While being focused can make her a go-to person, she should have mentioned something she has implemented to address her rudeness so it doesn't happen at the new company. Even something as simple as, "Now when I am interrupted, I take a moment to collect myself before I say something that might be rude because I know I could be in those situations."


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