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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

2. Tell us about yourself.

Bad answer:
“I graduated four years ago from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor’s in Biology – but I decided that wasn’t the right path for me. So I switched gears and got my first job, working in sales for a startup. Then I went on to work in legislative affairs for a law firm that worked with the Feds. After that, I took a few months off to travel. Finally, I came back and worked in government and legal work. And now, here I am, looking for a more challenging legislative role.”

Instead of giving a chronological work history, focus on your strengths and how they pertain to the role. If possible, illustrate with examples.

Good answer:
“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Working in sales for two years helped me build confidence, and taught me the importance of customer loyalty. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I launched a company newsletter, which helped us build on our existing relationships and create new ones. Because of this, we ended up seeing a revenue increase of 10% over two years. I’m also really interested in how companies can use web tools to better market themselves, and would be committed to building on your existing platform. This is especially important as the government moves into more Web 2.0 initiatives.”




Next Page: What do you think of your previous boss?


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    alkdean

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have to say that I stopped reading this article after the fifth or sixth typo and grammatical error. I'm certainly not a perfect writer, but seriously... how am I supposed to find this information credible if the author can't be bothered to run spell check or re-read the work they're putting out there for a large audience to read?

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    Jane

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I found these questions to be very helpful. However, I didn't see anything there that I didn't already know. Since in my last two jobs I did the interviewing for positions. I do find that a person needs to be well presented when they go to an interview. Appearance is very important for me at least!!!

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    DoctorTractor

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am Retired From the USAF an the retirement will no pay todays bills.
    an so many people does not want to pay for the person that has the training an smarts with The tools to complete each job. they want it for free.
    I have the college hours an the training with all of that an you still won't Hire me an I have over 800 hours in four degrees. Along with over thirty five years of working on every thing.
    you still will not get hired though here with out being in your school so I quite typing with your gov. jobs you can now go to hell.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    i understood the "bad answers" and what you were trying to communicate to us; these lessons were excellent; it keeps you in check, keeps you focus on what you really want to tell the interviewer; and though these might be the "right" answers, hopefully the interviewer will ask the "right" questions and respond accordingly

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    Blackwelder

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with the first answer (the bad one), but there is nothing about the second answer (the good one) that I would be willing to say about my current boss. Plus, the Second answer makes you sound like you were late to work many times (time management), you couldn't meet deadlines (deadline-driven), you created issues in the office and tended not to work very well (no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder) and that you aren't a very good worker (meet deadlines that I never even thought were possible). That is what I would get from that answer if I was interviewing someone. It is a nice way to say that you are a lousy employee and you boss had to stand over your shoulder to get the job done. Who would hire someone like that????

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    chris2134

    about 5 years ago

    148 comments

    The bad answer for question 2 sounds like something an indecisive person would say ;_;

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