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The 10 best tips for the job interview

The 10 best tips for the job interview
10 Tips for you, so that you can prepare your answers beforehand and get the job of your dreams. There is more than just sending the perfect CV or Resume and a good application. You have to prepare before you are ready for the Job Interview.

  1. Good style
    Get there on time, dress appropriately and behave as the guest you are.
  2. Think about your body language
    Think about the body language, straighten your back, give a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eyes.
  3. Be prepared
    Remember to bring the job ad, your application, your CV and other relevant documents. Note the name of the contact person and a telephone number to be able to ask for the right person at the reception and know who you are visiting. If possible find relevant information about the person you are about to meet.
  4. Remember the gaps in your CV or Competence
    If you have some gaps in your CV or in your competences, remember that the recruiter / headhunter will ask for these gaps. Be prepared and have an answer ready for the question you probably will be asked.
  5. Know the company
    Do some research on the company, know more than just what’s in the job ad. Prepare some question so that they can see that you know more then what has been disclosed to you.
  6. Prepare for your answers  for the normal interview questions
    The question you will get to the job interview is of course depending on the job’s sector and type, responsibilities and tasks, but be sure to be prepared for the basic question, like:

    • Tell us about yourself?
    • Why are you applying for this job?
    • Which expectations do you have to the job or the tasks?
    • What are your strongest areas? – for instance have some concrete examples on your successes or your strongest competences.
    • What are your weak areas? – have some examples ready on what you think is hard, and how you cope with these challenges.
    • What do you expect from an employer / manager?
    • Why should we choose you for the job?
    • What are your career goals on medium to long term?
    • What are your expectations to your salary?
    • Do you have any further questions?
  7. Prepare your questions
    • Focus your question and on what is asked from you.
    • What are the most important tasks in the job?
    • Which possibilities are there for further development of your competences?
    • How is the culture in the company?
    • What do they appreciate in an employee?
    • Why should I choose this job?
    • Why would you like to work here?
    • Who will be my manager and which colleagues will I have the closet working relations with?
    • Do you have an introductory course for new employees?
  8. Avoid negative stories
    Negativity don’t sell, remember not to talk negative about former managers or colleagues. If you have had some bad experiences, try to turn it into something positive. What did you learn from this negative experience?
  9. Be present and participate on equal terms with the interviewer
    Be present, listen to the question and be honest and give them your best answer, show them that your dedicated. Newer tell a lie, it will get back to you like a boomerang.
  10. If possible offer the references
    If you decide to disclose your references, remember to have them prepared before the interview.

Final question
At the end of the interview you can always ask for what is the process going forward, will I have to take a test of some kind? When can I expect to be contacted again?

The Comoto Team

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Avoid the top 25 most weird CV interview questions experienced

Avoid the top 25 most weird CV interview questions experienced

If you’re using our Comoto CV Manager it should eventually lead to you getting invited to a job interview and you should finally end up getting the job of your dreams.

When you are invited to an interview we propose, you prepare for the interview, find knowledge about the company and the people who is interviewing you. Preparing the best answers for the expected questions at the interview would be recommended.

But – yes there is a great but – we have all heard about weird or just stupid question to an interview, but now the guys at www.glassdoor.com has done us a favor and compiled a list of the “top 25 oddball interviews question 2010”.

Try to have a look below and see for yourself, how do you answer these questions? Would you ever be able to prepare for questions like these?

Read them below and have laugh, after that we wish you the best for a good weekend.

The Comoto Team

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2010

1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”
Asked at Goldman Sachs.

2. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?
Asked at Deloitte.

3. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”
Asked at Aflac.

4. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”
Asked at Boston Consulting.

5. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”
Asked at Capital One.

6. “How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room”
Asked at Google.

7. “Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”
Asked at Bloomberg LP.

8. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?”
Asked at  AT&T.

9. “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?”
Asked at Blackrock.

10. “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.”
Asked at Facebook.

11. “If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?”
Asked at Amazon.

12. “An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?”
Asked at Epic Systems.

13. “There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”
Asked at Apple.

14. “How many traffic lights in Manhattan?”
Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services.

15. “You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? “
Asked at Eze Castle.

16. “What do wood and alcohol have in common?”
Asked at Guardsmark.

17. “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?”
Asked at IBM.

18. “You have 8 pennies, 7 weight the same, one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.”
Asked at Intel.

19. “Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?”
Asked at New York Life.

20. “You are in charge of 20 people, organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.”
Asked at Schlumberger.

21. “How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.”
Asked at The Nielsen Company.

22. “What’s the square root of 2000?”
Asked at UBS.

23. “A train leaves San Antonio for Huston at 60mph. Another train leaves Huston for San Antonio at 80mph. Huston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Huston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.”
Asked at USAA.

24. “How are M&M’s made?”
Asked at US Bank.

25. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?”
Asked at Volkswagen.

You can find the answers and more even weirder questions here.

Source: www.glassdoor.com