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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

4. Why are you leaving your current role?

Bad answer:
“I can’t stand my boss, or the work I’m doing.”

Again, stay away from badmouthing your job or employer. Focus on the positive.

Good answer:
“I’ve learned a lot from my current role, but now I’m looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to gain a new skill-set – all of which, I see the potential for in this job.”




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    sirbooli

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    interview questions and answers

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    Roohanialaaj

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    The Questions & Answers given for the guidance of potential candidates are very useful.

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    PatrickReid

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This answer is garbage if you are being interviewed by a conservative employer. They will disagree with the effect of Obamas administration and the amount it has accomplished. If this happens your answer is dead from the begining even though the last part is very impressive. When dealing with this question it is best to be moderate unless you are 100% sure on the political views of your interviewer. Explaining how you have made a difference is very important though.

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    JerryGJones

    over 4 years ago

    62 comments

    These are probably the perfect answers for a government job, which loves to hear BS like this, but if I were hiring someone and heard these canned responses, I would immediately tell them to leave. Answers like this are only for people who love to kiss up to the boss for promotions and could care less about the job. they want money and promotions, and have no pride in their work.

    The answers might have been good if they were stated very simple, yet the answers rambled on like a dictionary or something. Remember TMI? Too much information....in an interview, this should apply. State your answers, stand by them, and don't ramble on and on just to hear yourself speak.

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    girindra_jha

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was a great article about the intervies question. It was helful for me. Thanks

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    JEANHAYES

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was a great article with extremely helpful information. Thank you

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    kourtney1

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Interview Questions

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    Sunrise11

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    A job interview can make you very nervous. You need to be prepared and do research. Know the job and the company to whom you are applying.

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    jeatkinson

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    MSMensa: First, if a person allows work to define their life (i.e., "the ones who refuse to leave if their daily work isn't finished, etc?"), then, as a a long time executive, what that tells me is they do not have a balanced perspective. By that I mean, if the entire focus in on their job and nothing else, then they do not have a clear focus. There is more to life than just work, and as has been proven over and over again, a sole-focus, work only point of view and working to exhaustion does not produce the best products or services. Knowing when to say when, knowing when it is time to recharge the mental and physical batteries, and knowing how to take time off completely from work to relax is an important talent and asset in maintaining mental and physical acuity. And, if a person does not show that level of maturity, then they are not the right material for any job requiring mental and physical sharpness. Second, if Fortune 100 companies hired managers that understood the fact that working people until they drop and always trying to do more with less is not beneficial to either the long-term health of the company or company bottom line, then there would not be so many Fortune 100 companies that are (and have been for years now performing so badly that the only way the majority of them have been able to declare a profit in most of the last 10 years has been by taking short-term write-offs from layoffs, outsourcing, and firing workers. Also, remember, MSMensa, there is a big difference between being a manager in any company (regardless of whether it is Fortune 100 or not) and being a leader. And, the point of view ofa manager in relation to what gets the best return on investment in human capital is quite different from the point of view of a leader. Managers manage, and complain when others do not see things their way. Leaders inspire others to give their all.
    drs JEAtkinson, DBA(ABD)
    MScCIS, MBA, MScCIS
    .99%er

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    LilliC

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    In reply to msmensa, most govt workers are overpaid and deligate their work to other people. That's how they can be soooo relaxed. If you want someone who IS an achiever, read my resume. LC in Orlando,Fl.

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    Msmensa

    almost 5 years ago

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    "I really love working with people."!!!!! What a ridiculous comment! As a Fortune 100 corporate mgr, I frequently hear that incompetant answer. Who cares???? We want RESULTS! STRONG COMMITTMENTS TO EXCELLENCE ...OVERACHIEVEMENT!!!! No wonder we non-govt workers see such slow overly relaxed laziness from the MVD, licensing lines, post office, etc...ALL front line govt employees. Where are the DRIVEN employees...the ones who refuse to leave if their daily work isn't finished, etc? Where are they? Could the problem be the interviewing misplaced standards?

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    usnavyaz

    about 5 years ago

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    Just like the government to ask a stupid question and expect some huge politically correct memorized line of BS. This is the same stupid crap I ran into in the military. Bunch of idiots that would rather hear a BS non honest reply than the truth. I scored a 96 on the asvab and was 35 when I entered service but was treated like an 18 year old idiot who couldn't tie my own shoes by people half my age who had never even had a job other than the military and scored just enough to qualify for the military. This seems to be common in government jobs. I loved what I did and received numerous awards and finished top of my class heading into the fleet. Nobody gave a **** and that's how you're treated. People get promoted because they kiss the right *** and not for their performance on the job. As long as your clean shaven, uniform looks good and show up to work on time you did a great job whether or not you did anything else or not. They don't care if you're worthless and lazy as long as you look good and are on time to be worthless, lazy and accomplish nothing. Why do employers want anything but the truth? Why are we programmed to give certain answers that sound good but we all know are a bunch of CRAP? What does applying for a job have anything to do with Obama? Does this mean you're going to quit when he leaves office in four years because you've lost all of your enthusiasm? What I learned working for the government is that nothing will ever get done unless you carry rank on your shoulder and they can never get out of their own way to get anything done. If's frustrating, annoying, and above all it's all, it's just a big a lie. Their moto.....Policy Above Common Sense.

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    kris_ben

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    I lost out on a good government job because I did not add the place I currently work as a contractor to my resume. I thought showing I had starting a contract job in February and interviewing in June made me look flightly. During the interview I could not help pull from examples of my new job....doing a lot of the work they loved. But HR managers have to verify all claims, supported in your interview with your resume. I called to ask why I loss the job...and was recommended in the future to update my resume. So I am recommended it to you. Plus my volunteer work for a very prestigious organization was also omitted from my resume.

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    kdmason87

    about 5 years ago

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    This is very very good. The approach, the demeanor, the answers are perfect for government or private industry interviewing. BRAVO and THANK YOU.

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    ellebean

    over 5 years ago

    70 comments

    My experience in State Government was fulfilling in a many ways, I worked in an young agency called Department of Water Resources, Natural Resources Administration and I spent more than a decade with this agency in changing capacities as I evolved and progressed into an administrative capacity. Since leaving government service to acquire my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work I have longed to serve again. My experience was that we were all hard-working, contrary to common reputation of people in government service. It was during my government service that I learned the value of change as I observed the evolution of this young agency adapting to the needs of the State, in concert with the Federal Government and Local Government. The collaboration among different levels of government was vibrant and I long to belong to such an organization again, as I return from an early retirement, with years of experiences and a college degree and the wisdom that those two components necessarily bring.

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