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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

15. How would your friends describe you?

Bad answer:
"I’m a really good listener.”

While being a good listener is a great personality trait, your employer probably doesn’t care all that much. It’s unlikely that they’re hiring you to be a shoulder to cry on. You’ll want to keep your answer relevant to the job you’re interviewing for – and as specific as possible. If you can, insert an example.

Good answer:
“My friends would probably say that I’m extremely persistent – I’ve never been afraid to keep going back until I get what I want. When I worked as a program developer, recruiting keynote speakers for a major tech conference, I got one rejection after another – this was just the nature of the job. But I really wanted the big players – so I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I kept going back to them every time there was a new company on board, or some new value proposition. Eventually, many of them actually said “yes” – the program turned out to be so great that we doubled our attendees from the year before. A lot of people might have given up after the first rejection, but it’s just not in my nature. If I know something is possible, I have to keep trying until I get it.”


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    RonaldJSolorsano

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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

    almost 5 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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    cgrimmcr

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Why do you keep referring to the job as a "role" It sounds contrives - actually, downright dumb

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    sirbooli

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    interview questions and answers

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    Roohanialaaj

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

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

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    PatrickReid

    almost 5 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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