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The rule is that not the best qualified candidates get job. Your on-site
performance plays a big role. Here are some easily forgettable points.

90% interviewing questions raised based on your own resume.
eye-to-eye contact, smiling all the way. don't miss anyone in the corner.
asking easier and relevant questions back to the interviewers occasionally.
be honest to answer technical questions, you are not expert to know
everything.
don't let your boss feel you might be a threat to take his position.
don't be critical, focus on what you can do.
try to be humor to show your smartness.
don't act in a superior way.
find right time to raise questions AND answer those questions to show your
strength.
aggressively to get candidacy info back after interviewing.
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         Job Interview Special Tips
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The following questions are unrelated with Java technology, but they may be
asked. So study this list, plan your answers ahead of time and you'll be ready
to deliver them with confidence.

 Note: most of questions and answers are cited from email box or donated
by the people who experienced. They are listed here for your reference.
Javacamp.org will not be responsible for any job loss or damage by using
these tips.

         What Are Your Weaknesses?
               This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by
         minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay
         away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: "I
         am always working on improving my communication skills to be a
         more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters.com, which I
         find very helpful."
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         Why Should We Hire You?
               Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience
         working in this industry and my proven record of saving the company
         money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident
         I would be a great addition to your team."


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         Why Do You Want to Work Here?
                The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've
         given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because
         there is an opening. For example, "I've selected key companies whose
         mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could
         be excited about what the company does, and this company is very
         high on my list of desirable choices."


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         What Are Your Goals?
                Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate
         goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example,
         "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My
         long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to
         eventually grow into a position of responsibility."


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         Why Did You Leave (Are You Leaving) Your Job?
                If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive
         context: "I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing,
         but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which
         included me."
If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After two
years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where
I can add my experience."


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       When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?
              The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can
       relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the
       interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. "I was very satisfied
       in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their
       problems; that is an important part of the job for me."


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     What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't? or
What makes you unique?
             This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and
     traits. Summarize concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong
     technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships.
     This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to
     be more user-friendly."


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       What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About
       You?
              It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's
       quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone
       else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has
       ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of
       humor."


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       What Salary Are You Seeking?
              It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first.
       Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line
       or walk-away point. One possible answer would be: "I am sure when
       the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range
       do you typically pay someone with my background?"


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       If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
             Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if
       you can think quickly. If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft,
       passive impression. If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as
       aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job done?
       What impression do you want to make?

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       Why do you like to join us?
             Be honest to answer such question. Sample answer would be:
       Because I like your company, etc. and I am capable of doing a good
       job. Or I just move to this area and I am looking for the job that suits
       me very well...

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       How did you handle your most challenging experience in your
       previous job?
             Smoothly, generally speaking. But I am a good team work
       player and always share my experience with others and learn from
       others.


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       Tell me about yourself?
             I'm a quick learner, dedicated, hard working and friendly
       employee.
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Common Mistakes in Job Interview
Poor personal appearance.

Lack of interest and enthusiasm: Passive and indifferent.
Over emphasis on money: interested only in best dollar offer.
Condemnation of past employers.
Failure to look at the interviewer when conversing.
Limp, fishy handshake.
Unwillingness to go where sent.
Late to interview.
Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time.
Asks no questions about job.
Indefinite response to questions.
Overbearing, over aggressive, conceited with superiority or "know it all
complex."
Inability to express self clearly: Poor voice diction, grammar.
Lack of planning for career: no purpose and goals.
Lack of confidence and poise: nervous ill at ease.
Failure to participate in activities.
Unwilling to start at the bottom-expects too much too soon.
Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record.
Lack of tact.
Lack of courtesy: ill mannered.
Lack of Maturity.
Lack of vitality.
Indecision.
Sloppy application blank.
Merely shopping around.
Wants job for short time.
No interest in company or industry.
Low moral standards.
Cynical.
Lazy.
Intolerant: strong prejudices.
Narrow interests.
Inability to take criticism.
High pressure type.

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Here are some other job interview questions you might want to rehearse.
Your Qualifications

       What can you do for us that someone else can't do?
       What qualifications do you have that relate to the position?
       What new skills or capabilities have you developed recently?
       Give me an example from a previous job where you've shown
       initiative.
       What have been your greatest accomplishments recently?
       What is important to you in a job?
       What motivates you in your work?
       What have you been doing since your last job?
       What qualities do you find important in a coworker?


               Your Career Goals
       What would you like to being doing five years from now?
       How will you judge yourself successful? How will you achieve
       success?
       What type of position are you interested in?
       How will this job fit in your career plans?
       What do you expect from this job?
       Do you have a location preference?
       Can you travel?
       What hours can you work?
       When could you start?

                       Your Work Experience
       What have you learned from your past jobs?
       What were your biggest responsibilities?
       What specific skills acquired or used in previous jobs relate to this
       position?
       How does your previous experience relate to this position?
       What did you like most/least about your last job?
       Whom may we contact for references?


               Your Education
                       How do you think your education has prepared you for
                       this position?
                       What were your favorite classes/activities at school?
                       Why did you choose your major?
                       Do you plan to continue your education?

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       What have I forgotten to ask?
                   Use this as a chance to summarize your good
            characteristics and attributes and how they may be used to
            benefit the organization. Convince the interviewer that you
            understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.


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       What salary are you expecting?
                   You probably don't want to answer this one directly.
            Instead, deflect the question back to the interviewer by saying
            something like: "I don't know. What are you planning on
            paying the best candidate?" Let the employer make the first
            offer.

However, it is still important to know what the current salary range is for the
profession. Find salary surveys at the library or on the Internet, and check
the classifieds to see what comparable jobs in your area are paying. This
information can help you negotiate compensation once the employer makes
an offer.


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       "What are your hobbies?" and "Do you play any sports?"
                   The interviewer may be looking for evidence of your job
            skills outside of your professional experience. For example,
            hobbies such as chess or bridge demonstrate analytical skills.
            Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual
            sports show determination and stamina, while group sport
            activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a
            team. Also, the interviewer might simply be curious as to
            whether you have a life outside of work. Employees who have
            creative or athletic outlets for their stress are often healthier,
            happier and more productive.


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       "What are your career goals?" or "What are your future plans?"
                   The interviewer wants to know if your plans and the
            company's goals are compatible. Let him know that you are
            ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn
            more and improve your performance, and be specific as
            possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for
            yourself.


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       Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?
                   The ideal answer is one of flexibility. However, be
            honest. Give examples describing how you have worked in both
            situations.


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       What is your major weakness?
                   Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. For
             example, you might say: "I often worry too much over my
             work. Sometimes I work late to make sure the job is done well."
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       What are your best skills?
                    If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you
            should be able to imagine what skills the company values. List
            them, then give examples where you have demonstrated these
            skills.


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       Why did you leave your last job?
                    The interviewer may want to know if you had any
            problems on your last job. If you did not have any problems,
            simply give a reason, such as: relocated away from job;
            company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no
            possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your
            skills.

If you did have problems, be honest. Show that you can accept responsibility
and learn from your mistakes. You should explain any problems you had (or
still have) with an employer, but don't describe that employer in negative
terms. Demonstrate that it was a learning experience that will not affect your
future work.


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       "Why do you want to work here?" or "What about our company?"
                   Few questions are more important than these, so it is
            important to answer them clearly and with enthusiasm. Show
            the interviewer your interest in the company. Share what you
            learned about the job, the company and the industry through
            your own research. Talk about how your professional skills will
            benefit the company. Unless you work in sales, your answer
            should never be simply: "money." The interviewer will wonder
            if you really care about the job.
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       Tell me about yourself.
                   Make a short, organized statement of your education and
             professional achievements and professional goals. Then, briefly
             describe your qualifications for the job and the contributions
             you could make to the organization.


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       Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
                   It depends on the project or the task. I am comfortable
            working in a group as well as individually. Most of the times,
            the team effort brings the new and better concepts. However,
            there are some tasks that are effectively completed by one
            person. If I am trying to identify a production problem, one
            person can do it effectively. When some other person is looking
            over your shoulder, you do not do a good job.


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       Why should we hire you?
                   I will be an asset to your organization. I'm loyal,
            persistent, motivated, and I learn fast. I am someone who could
            be very productive very quickly.


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       What is your favorite color?
                   Purple


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       Why do you like the job?
                  Because I think I have a best quality for that job.
      Why should we hire you not others?
                  You are recommended to focus on your qualification
           against the job requirements. If your job role is going to change,
           and you really know that others mean the people you know, you
           are recommended to sort out your strong points against others.




             How to prepare yourself

POLISH


Dress in conservative business attire, composed of a dark suit, polished
shoes, white shirt or blouse, and, for men, a conservative tie. Make sure your
hair is neat - get a haircut if possible. Avoid excessive jewelry, makeup,
cologne or perfume.


Always keep two clean suits, two pressed dress shirts and polished dress
shoes available at all times while interviewing. You may need to be ready to
go to an interview at a moment's notice - and may have two or more
interviews in two days. Be prepared.


Pop a breath mint before going in, do not chew gum during an interview!


Brush up on your table manners. Some interviews are held over lunch and
are used to determine whether you are polished enough to interface with
senior management or clients.

PREPARATION
Research prospective employers - understand their business, recognize their
competitors. This type of preparation will make an excellent impression.


Know yourself - identify your past successes, interests, skills, values and
strengths. Know your resume and be able to provide examples of your
selling points and skills grounded in the details of your resume. Identify why
you stand out in a crowd. Determine what makes you unique among the
others who are interviewing for this position.


Think about your short and long term goals. Prepare responses to interview
questions that will advance these goals.


Be sure to bring a pen and pad of paper for taking notes, and extra copies of
your resumes (without creases, in a legal sized envelope or a binder).


Go in with an enthusiastic attitude and a full night's sleep.


Be sure to schedule enough time for your interview. Rushing through an
interview is a mistake. Most interviews last at least an hour.


Arrive roughly 5-10 minutes early, no later. If, for some unforeseen reason,
you cannot arrive at the interview on time, call the hiring authority as soon
as you realize that you will be late. Explain why you will be late and offer to
reschedule.
      During The Interview

An award-winning performance



During the interview, sit up straight in the chair or lean forward slightly —
no slouching! Keep your hands comfortably folded in your lap or loosely
placed on the arms of your chair. Do not put your hands on the interviewer's
desk.


Offer a firm but not overwhelming handshake — 2 pumps. Be sure to make
direct eye contact with the interviewer but do not stare. Establish yourself as
being self confident without being confrontational, cocky or aggressive.


Be yourself — the professional, polished version. Answer questions directly.
Be confident without being arrogant. Admit to your weaknesses if they are
brought up, but do not bring them up. Concentrate on your strengths.


Demonstrate energy, determination, enthusiasm, motivation and passion for
your work. Overcome any negatives or lapses in your experience by either
stressing skills that compensate for them, or by demonstrating that you learn
fast. Ground your claims in your past accomplishments. Express an
eagerness to learn new things as part of the reason that you are searching for
a new opportunity.
Show that you are genuinely interested in the company. Research the
company. Then make pertinent points that tie your background and interests
to the company's history and direction. Always ask questions.


You should always have a few good questions ready to ask the interviewer.
Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions at some point in the
interview. If they do not, ask permission to pose a few at the end of the
interview. Thoughtful, insightful questions reflect well on both your
analytical and your communication skills.


During the closing segment of the interview, offer the interviewer a short,
concise summary of your qualifications and stress your interest in the
position. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Keep
the dialogue open by asking what the next step in their interviewing process
is.




             Answering Questions

Tips and common mistakes



Answer questions honestly and completely — but be wary. There is no need
to dwell on negatives. If you can, avoid mentioning them. Sell yourself on
your true capabilities and qualifications without exaggerating your abilities.
If you are asked a technical question that you do not know the answer to, do
not bluff. If your bluff fails, your candidacy is seriously threatened. Instead,
say "I don't know the answer, but if I were to venture an educated guess I
would say..."


Never speak negatively about another person or company.
Your responses to questions must be succinct and informative. You do not
want to give yes or no answers. Elaborate. On the other hand, try not to
dominate the interview. Do not speak for more than 60 seconds without re-
involving the interviewer in the dialogue. Studies show that the average
attention span for an uninterrupted, lengthy answer is between 45 to 90
seconds.


Allow the interviewer to guide the course of your interview. Don't lose the
person on the other side of the desk. Re-involving the interviewer is a
technique which expands and distills the content of your conversation. Use
tactical questions to make sure that your answers are geared towards your
audience. Here are some sample statements to consider:


"That is a quick summary of the three solutions that I provided to the
Government Desk. Which one would you like me to elaborate on further?"

"Is this answering your question? If not, tell me which direction you would
like me to go in."

"That is a quick overview of the project I manage. Would you like more
details? Which do you want to hear about first? How I dealt with the users?
Managed my staff? Employed technology?"



Use questions and statements like these to help direct your answer and keep
the attention of the interviewer. These interactive conversation techniques
will help you quickly determine what information the interviewer needs and
wants, and will allow you to respond quickly, intelligently and with
increasing focus as the interview progresses. Match your qualifications to
the direction of the interviewer's questions -- point for point. Using
interactive conversation techniques will eliminate tangential answers,
demonstrate that you are an extremely effective communicator and allow
you to stress why your experience qualifies you for this specific opportunity.


Do not be afraid of silence. Take a few seconds to gather your thoughts
before launching into an answer. A few seconds of silence followed by a
well thought out answer reflects very well on you. If you are finished
answering and the interviewer does not ask another question immediately,
you may ask if you should elaborate on part of your answer or just wait. Just
as you may need a few seconds to phrase your answers, the hiring manager
will often have to spend time gathering thoughts in order to phrase
intelligent questions.


Emphasize the results of your work. How did your experience and labor
create something positive? Reduce costs? Increase Productivity? Streamline
workflow? State, clearly and concisely, your duties and responsibilities on
each job, focusing on:


Particular problems/challenges you encountered.


Your solution.


How you implemented those solutions.


How you will bring the same skills to bear for a new employer.

				
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