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Job Interview Question Database:
Questions with Excellent Sample Responses, 97-104


 

The Job Interview Question & Response Database includes 150 of the most typical interview questions that you may face in your job interviews. Questions are in no particular order, so take your time and go through the entire list!

 

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Displaying Job Interview Questions 97-104

 

97. Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision, but didn't have all the information you needed.
    Sample excellent response:
    I had to make a decision recently between two configurations on one of our routers. Time was quickly moving away from me, and I had to have all the equipment back up in a matter of minutes. I chose the configuration that I had the most data on because I knew at least that I could better troubleshoot it if there was a problem. My decision was the right one.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

98. What suggestions do you have for our organization?
    Sample excellent response:
    After examining several sources, including your company's annual report and Web site, as well as some of your competitors' sources, I see that you have a strong product line with good demographic segments, in a growing industry. I did notice that your competitors seem to direct more of their efforts to the baby boom market, and while that is certainly a large market for your products, I think you have a great opportunity to expand your target market and increase your market share by marketing your product line to the Baby Boomers' kids -- Generation Y. These teens and preteens are extremely brand-conscious and have a high discretionary income -- and you are in a great position to attract them to your product and build a very large core of brand loyal consumers on top of your existing customer base.

 

99. What is the most significant contribution you made to the company during a past job or internship?
    Sample excellent response:
    My organization was undergoing an accreditation process. I developed two detailed accreditation self-evaluation reports that documented how the organization met accreditation standards. These self-evaluations served as basis for accreditation site visits and enabled all eligible programs to be accredited in record time.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

100. What is the biggest mistake you've made?
    Sample excellent response:
    The biggest mistake in my life that I have made is taking for granted the sacrifices my parents endured for me. I look back and realize that everything they did for me was so that I could succeed in life. I am thankful now and do everything to my best ability to make them proud because I am so thankful that they have been there for me so that I can give back to society and to my job the opportunities that they never had.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

101. Describe a situation in which you had to use reference materials to write a research paper. What was the topic? What journals did you read?
    Sample excellent response:
    In my academic career I have had to write several research papers. The most recent one I wrote was on whether zero-tolerance policies about drugs and weapons in high schools are reasonable. To answer this question, I went to several high schools and interviewed their principals or top-level employees. I also interviewed students and parents. I visited the Health Department to gather data. Finally, I conducted the remainder of my research on the Internet. As a result, I gained perspective from every group this topic would affect.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

102. Give me a specific example of a time when a co-worker or classmate criticized your work in front of others. How did you respond? How has that event shaped the way you communicate with others?
    Sample excellent response:
    Another manager became upset with me since some projects were not being completed. Without discussing the situation with me first, she criticized me in front of one of the employees I directly supervised. I was upset that she made me look bad in front of my workers, but I remained calm and asked her to step into the office so that we could talk about it in more detail. We discussed the problem, and she learned that the non-completion of the tasks was not my fault. Another manager did not receive his instructions telling him the tasks he needed to complete. After that I learned not to jump to conclusions when dealing with others that I work and that sometimes a miscommunication can lead to a much larger problem. I've learned to get the complete facts.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

103. Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your supervisor or professor on an idea or concept. How did you proceed? What was the result?
    Sample excellent response:
    Last summer, I wanted to help organize a summer camp for local low-income children. My supervisor knew the demand would be there but feared we would not have enough staff. I convinced her that since I went to the facility daily, I could network with acquaintances and convince them of the importance of this camp. My supervisor trusted me. We had hundreds of children sign up for the program, and I had reached so many people that we were able fully staff the camp, as well as have a backup supply of people who were willing to volunteer their time and services to the organization.

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

104. Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects. How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines? How do you stay focused?
    Sample excellent response:
    I keep an electronic hand-held organizer that I synchronize with a schedule on my computer. I keep track of each task in order of priority and due date. I use an electronic organizer because it is very portable and has an alarm to remind me of about what is due so I don't have to waste time by looking at my organizer every hour. I start with the projects with the closest due date and the highest priority. I take these tasks and then schedule times in my calendar for me to work on them to ensure I meet deadlines. I stay focused by going over my organizer each night before bed so I know immediately what I have accomplished and where I need to start the next day. Here let me show you...

     

    Also, remember the S-A-R (situation-action-result) technique and see a sample S-A-R story.

 

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