What are your greatest strengths ?
What are your greatest weaknesses ?
Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little
ashamed of ?
Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized ?
Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position ?
Why should I hire you?
Aren’t you overqualified for this position?
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Describe your ideal company, location and job.
Why do you want to work at our company?
What are your career options right now?
What are your goals?
What are your outside interests ?
What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?
When making an oral presentation in class, you must know your subject well and convince your audience that they have something to gain from listening to you. Here are some tips you can do to make an effective oral presentation.
Research your subject to ensure that you are knowledgeable. Practice your presentation until you feel comfortable. Make sure you can present your information within whatever time limits you will have. Anticipate questions you may be asked and prepare answers to these.
Know your audience
Tailor your presentation to your audience’s level of knowledge about the subject of your presentation, what they need to know, and their interests.
Make it clear that you are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your subject.
Don’t read your presentation
Talk to your audience. Use your notes as prompts as needed.
Try to make your presentation as concrete and “down to earth” as possible. Add appropriate anecdotes and humor to drive home a point.
Use visual aids
Supplement what you say with visual aids such as handouts, charts, transparencies, and slides. Make sure that everyone can easily see the visual aids. Don’t use visual aids that are so complex that the audience will spend its time trying to read them instead of listening to you. Visual aids are supplements to what you say, not replacements for what you say.
Maintain eye contact
Shift your eye contact around the room so that everyone feels that you are talking to them.
Actively involve your audience
People can only listen so long without their attention wandering. Making your presentation interesting will help you to capture and keep your audience’s attention for a while, but you must do more. Build in some simple and quick activities for your audience so that they are actively involved in your presentation. Ask questions that you are confident your audience will be able to answer.
Use your voice effectively
Vary the tone of your voice and be careful not to talk too quickly.
End on a high note
Leave your audience feeling upbeat about what they have just heard.
Searching for a job can be a full-time job in itself. Networking, scouring the help wanted ads and filling out applications can sometimes seem like more effort than it's worth. But don't give up -- you never know when you'll get a call from the human resources department of a wonderful company asking to schedule a face-to-face interview.
When that call does come, you can delight in the idea that you are only one step away from your dream job. So shine your shoes and start giving some thought to the best way to answer the interviewer's questions! Here are a few tips:
Be honest. You are giving the interviewer his/her very first impression of you; be sure that you present yourself as trustworthy.
Display a positive attitude. Everyone prefers to work with upbeat people; no matter what questions you are asked, remain optimistic and enthusiastic.
Be sure to highlight your skills and abilities at every opportunity. If you have previously worked in the same job field, emphasize your advancements and achievements.
If you've got applicable education, be sure to point it out. Also, if you have attended seminars or other job related training sessions, mention what you feel you have gained from those experiences.
Give credit to others when appropriate. Mention that your last employer was a great motivator or was so bright and funny that he/she made the work environment comfortable and productive. Speaking well of others reflects well on you, too.
Never point out the shortcomings of others -- ex bosses or coworkers, in particular. The interviewer will rightly assume that you'll be doing the same thing to his/her company in time.
If you have limited job experience, spotlight other events in your life that have given you skills that would apply to this position. For instance, volunteering in the past may have taught you good people and time management skills.
Be open and friendly, but not too chatty!
Ask questions, too. Let the interviewer know that you are interested in the growth of the company and your possible contribution. Make him/her aware that you've done your homework about the company's history (You have, haven't you?!) and that you hope to play a part in its continued growth.
There are some topics to avoid, if possible. Try to keep the focus of the interview on what you can offer the company, and not on any limitations that you may have. If your children's daycare situation means that you'll need to leave the office promptly at 5:00 every day, this is not the time to approach the subject!