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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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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my motivation is to help people and be the best that i can, assist the public as well as my family i just want to do whatever i can to help serve and protect.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    a time i did not get along with a co- worker is when he played pass the buck and did'nt want to get information for a report. I took the information from the victim but later informed my supervisor that the officer in question failed to perform his duties.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my last job the superviosion of the company was not good. and the company did not care as long as they were paid.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my director of security was new and had no knowledge of mall security, I had to make him aware of the enviroment, but have no real bad things to say wish the patrol vehicles were S.U.V.S. versus compact cars!!!

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I have always been satisfied in my job doing what needed to be done and handling the situations involving people and situations im a problem solver and keeper of the peace it's who I am.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I was in the auto industry, sales had declined and i was told that positions needed to be trimmed and that i was in a position that was no longer needed (new car inventory assistant.) I was then told that I was laid off due to decine in sales.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest failure was not completing high school and I learned the hard way that without a education you are destin to be in a dead end job for life. Education is the key for success and I realized it and returned completed a G.E.D. and went on to a Chicago Communitty College to successfully obtain a Degeree in Criminal Justice (with honors.) what I learned"Failure is not a option".

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I am a hard worker, never call off, always early before the start of my shift, always willing to stay for overtime or if needed and always willing to help my co-workers.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    Im looking for a job in law enforcemnt, im not in it for the pay check whatever the agency is offering is acceptable I want to serve and protect my country.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest wekness used to be speaking outloud to the public since college and my current position that has been overcomed. I now feel that my greatest weakness is kindness to officer needs.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I would like to see myself excel within the agency and obtain a command position and grow within.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I have a Associates Degree in criminal justice and would like to put it to work for me i have learned all that i can within the security field and feel that it is time to move on to something bigger and better.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my previous boss was to detail oriented but had a strong knowledge of what the client wanted but strived to hard to meet those expectations and broke sum rules to get the job done which i cannot condone.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    im a team player, a hard worker, and do the best that i can for the company, willing to work overtime and help out my co- workers in whatever they need.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    over 4 years ago

    32 comments

    i am interested in law enforcement and serving the public i have always wanted to serve my country be it the military or law enforcement. I consider it a privelidge to serve.

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