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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

7. What salary are you looking for?

Bad answer:
“In my last job I earned $35,000 – so, now I’m looking for $40,000”

If you can avoid it, don’t give an exact number. The first person to name a price in a salary negotiation loses. Instead, re-iterate your commitment to the job itself. If you have to, give a broad range based on research you’ve conducted on that particular role, in your particular city. If the role is with a non-independent agency and therefore must us the GS Pay Schedule, think of ways to talk yourself up the scale.

Good answer:
“I’m more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I’d expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in New York City. Further, I think my education and background can make me at the highest Step in my Grade.”




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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    A thirst for knowldge and success in everything that I do.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    I have not had that problem.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    “There was nothing about my last job that I hated,"
    I am here looking to advance my knowledge base and of course my carreer with what I believe is a more advanced company.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    Everyday because everyday I would acomplish something new and better.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    “My work is important to me, so I won’t be satisfied with any old job. Instead of rushing to accept the first thing that comes my way, I’m taking my time and being selective to make sure my next role is the right one."

    Excellent answer. A true politicians answer.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    Not taking a particular College class serious is a good answer only if you excelled (4.0) in all your other classes.

    Listing your faults and screw ups will not get you the job.

    Stick to one thing that is simple and then clearly stste that you remedied that problem.

    If you tell the prospective employer that this failure effected everything else in your life the the employer will expect it to effect your future job that you do for them.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    I always put the job at hand first. I will always be aquiring knowledge that I can be best used to advance the company so that I may at the same time advance my own carreer.
    What benfits the company benfits me as well.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    "If you can avoid it, don’t give an exact number. The first person to name a price in a salary negotiation loses."

    This part is correct.

    “I’m more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I’d expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in New York City. Further, I think my education and background can make me at the highest Step in my Grade.”

    This is a politicians' answer and will help you land the job. Why, because it shows that you have for-thought.
    Every employer wants an employee who is capable of thinking about the prospect of the future. This employee will be concerned with making the company money and yet only expects a pay equal to his or her contribution to the company.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    Honesty.
    My willingness to help my fellow employees to get the job at hand done as best as possible.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    There is a right answer.
    I see myself learning more about this job and advancing in position and responciblity.
    I will spend much of my none work time taking College classes to also enhance my knowledge base as well.

    Just do not say you want the job of the person who is interviewing you, etcetera.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    And again Honesty is always the best policy.
    If you personally did not like your last role/job then avoid the subject and the specific answer.
    Instead be a politician.
    Say something like "I felt that I needed to expand on my knowledge base so I have chosen to apply here"
    This compliments the prospective employer without slamming the previous employer.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    Honesty is always the best policy.
    If you personally did not like your last boss avoid the subject and the specific answer.
    Be a politician.
    Say something like "I felt that I needed to expand on my knowledge base so I have chosen to apply here"
    This compliments the prospective employer without slamming the previous employer.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    You should be breif and to the point.
    Cover only those subjects important to the job.

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    THULINB1

    over 4 years ago

    118 comments

    “I am fascinated by the way government works with lawmakers to accomplish change."

    Who is kidding who here?

    Lawmakers have yet to make a Law that does not make a situtation or life in general worse.
    In fact most Laws violate everyones U.S. Constitutional Rights.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    outgoing, energetic, eager, willing to go that extra mile. Hungry for criminals, and apprehention.

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