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Common Interview Questions and how to answer them

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    Tuandamane JF-Expert Member

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    One of the easiest ways to build confidence before a job interview is to prepare answers to questions you might be asked. Whether you're applying for a position as a web programmer, accountant, or legal secretary, interviewers often use some general questions to assess candidates, so you'll increase your chances for success if you prepare for them in advance.

    Six common questions are listed below, along with insights from several recruitment professionals about how to answer. As part of your interview preparation, take the time to formulate answers to each question, focusing on specific tasks and accomplishments.

    "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"

    This is one of the most well-known interview questions, and interviewers often ask it indirectly, as in, "What did your most recent boss suggest as areas for improvement in your last performance review?"

    This is tailoring your "strengths" answer to skills that will benefit the prospective employer. Though you may have a knack for building gingerbread houses, it might be of little value for the job at hand.

    When it comes to weaknesses, or areas of growth, Olson recommends building on your answer to include "how you have improved, and specifics on what you have done to improve yourself in those areas."

    "Why did you leave your last position?"

    "Interviewers will always want to know your reasoning behind leaving a company ? particularly short stints," says Olson. "Be prepared to tell the truth, without speaking negatively about past employment."

    "Can you describe a previous work situation in which you ... ?"

    This question comes in many forms, but what the interviewer is looking for is your behavior on the job. Your answer could focus on resolving a crisis, overcoming a negotiation deadlock, handling a problem coworker, or juggling multiple tasks on a project.

    The theory behind this type of question is that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, The key to responding well is preparing real job examples, describing your behavior in specific situations that demonstrate important skills that the job requires.

    "What is your ideal work environment?"

    This question is not about whether you prefer a cubicle or an office, so think broadly to include ideas about supervision, management styles, and your workday routine.

    This question is used to candidates because it can give "a sense of their work habits, how flexible they are with their schedules, and how creative they are."

    "How do you handle mistakes?"

    The best strategy for this general question is to focus on one or two specific examples in the past and, if possible, highlight resolutions or actions that might have relevance to the job you're interviewing for.

    (Employers want to know they're hiring someone with the maturity to accept responsibility and the wherewithal to remedy their own mistakes

    "What is your most notable accomplishment?"

    Candidates think of three or four accomplishments and quantify what their actions meant in terms of increasing revenues, saving resources, or improving resources.

    This is to being able to quantify achievements in candidate career, also will launch a candidate ahead of the rest, and demonstrate ability to do the same as a future employee.
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    Tuandamane,
    Si mpaka wakuulize hivyo ama? je wakiuchuna tu unadhani utaanza kubwabwaja bila kuulizwa? usiwafanye watu kukariri haya,
     
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    Tuandamane JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu haya ni maswali are very very common kwy intvws, nyingi almost zote,rejea kichwa cha habari Six Common Job-Interview Questions nimeyaleta hapa ili wadau wapate uwanja mpana wa kujua kwanini wanauliza maswali haya na lengo ni nini na jinsi ya kujibu , bado naamini kabisa hii post ita wasaidia wengi sana

    Kuhusu kujibu si lazima ufuate haya yaliyowekwa hapa, from here utakua very confident na kujibu maswali yao, Mkuu nahisi hujanielewa kabisa lengo la kuweka hii post, na kuwa na walakini kama unauzoefu na intvws

    Bado kama hii post si ya faida kwako unaweza tuu ukaiignore
     
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    Mkuu,

    Nimekuelewa kumbe kila utakapokwenda popote ni lazima ukutane na haya maswali, sawa mkuu, keep it up,
     
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    Jamani kasema common questions means they tend to appear so many times in most of the interviews; so si lazima uyakute ila ni rahisi sana kuyakuta..
     
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    IsayaMwita JF-Expert Member

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    Shukuru,
    Kwani nimebicha? nimebicha!!!!!! nakuuliza nimebicha, mkuu nimemsoma na pia niko naye
    hakuna zengwe mkuu.
     
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    Bubu Msemaovyo JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu Isayamwita ukiona wameuchuna maana yake wewe ndiye unayetakiwa kuwauliza maswali kama vile Mmeniita kuja hapa kufanya nini. nk
     
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    IsayaMwita JF-Expert Member

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    Bubu msema hovyo,

    Hapo patakuwa hapatoshi, kwanza watacheka, watasema jamaa ana ukwasi wa job, da!!!!, hii itakuwa ya mwaka nguo kuchanika,
     
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    Nshafanya technical interview....asikwambie mtu...anayekufanyia anajua unatakiwa ujue nini kwenye kazi yako..then ndio anakufanyia interview...anakuja na 17 question ambazo ni moja kwa moja zinahusiana na kazi yako...akiwa ameambatanisha na CV yako pembeni.

    Hii inamaa kuwa ametoa maswali kulingana na CV yako...just imagine umefanya kazi fulani three years ago ukaandika kwenye CV yako then ndio linakuwa swali la kwanza kuulizwa...?

    Harafu saa nane mchana tena kwa kiingereza....technical interview asikwambie mtu.

    Regards
     
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    Lambardi JF-Expert Member

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    Interview Ni Kiboko Jamani Hata Kama Ukiyajua Hayo Yote Watakavyo Twist Maswali Na Kukubana ...utakoma Kuringa....ukipataa Kazi Utaidharau Sana Interview......ila Huwa Ni Kimbembe
     
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    Hivi ukiulizwa na jopo la interviewers;

    "Briefly describe youself!"

    unajibu nini?

    :D
     
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    ' tell me more about yourself'
     
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    Mbu JF-Expert Member

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    :D... wallahi nikiulizwa hivyo huona bora nikipepesa macho darini, kama kuna pangaboi ndio kabisa, nayafuatisha mapanga yanavyozunguka,

    Jameni nielimisheni...
     
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    Kaka,
    Ukiulizwa hivi wewe anza kubwabwaja tu...wapeleke kila mahali...kushoto kulia, chini, juu......wapigishe mpaka round-about. Wenyewe wata blow...

    On a serious note, hivi kuna mtu ameshawahi kupigwa swali kwenye interview na akajikuta anazubaa kwa kutokuwa na jibu mpaka akajicheka mwenyewe? .....Sometimes, you just gotta laugh!!!
     
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    QM, Acha bwana, this is a very serious question that can make or break the rest of the interview, the secret is to keep it short, sell yourself without repeating your resume.
     
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    Q: "Tell me about yourself."
    This is a chance for you to shine -- but not to tell your life history. Begin by listing your traits and accomplishments you feel are relevant for the position. Don't delve into personal information unless it relates to the position you're vying for.
     
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    Mchongoma I hope this helps....

    basically your 2mins of fame!!
     
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    I hear ya'

    Unajua tatizo ni wapi pa kuanzia kujibu hili swali!

    Je uanzie kuelezea academic achivements zako au u-jump kwenye professional level?

    I mean, it's very easy to blank out when you are thrown such a question, regardless whether you have prepared or not...
     
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    Shishi JF-Expert Member

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    emphasise on the qualities that are relevant for the job!!

    QM, jamani we know out of experience that this question pops up in most if not all interviews, so the best is to prepare beforehand but dont make it look like you reherased for it.. LOL. match your positive traits, qualifications and experiences to the job in question!
     
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    dont we love the internet...........

    "Tell me about yourself."
    Sounds simple, doesn't it? On the other hand, where do you start? The interviewer is looking for a quick overview of your career and your academics. What the interviewer doesn't want to hear is about your family, pets, hobbies, boyfriend/girlfriend, or the funny thing that happened to you yesterday. What they're really asking is, "Tell me about your professional self." The best way to answer this is to give a brief summary of your career so far, focusing on specific accomplishments. Try something like this: "My first job was as a receptionist at XYZ Corporation, but I was promoted after just three months. I worked my way up to sales manager for the Northeast. I doubled sales in the Northeast, and brought in ten new clients in my first quarter."

    Finally, explain why you're looking for a job. But don't bad-mouth your current job or your boss; it will reflect poorly on you. Say something like: "Now I'm looking for a new challenge." This is also a good time to throw in some of the information you've learned in your research about the company: "I'm looking for a company with a dedication to preserving the environment and I believe your company offers that."
     
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