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You’re hired! Two words everyone loves to hear. But before we hear those words comes
(dun dun duuuuhn!) the interview. Today’s video is part three in a series that’s all
about preparing for a job interview.
This is part three of a five-part series on preparing for an interview. Interviewing for
a new job can be a huge source of stress and anxiety. If you’re interviewing for a job
in a non-native language, the stress can be even higher. In this video you will see me
interview for a job. Throughout the interview, we’ll discuss some of the most common interview
questions and how to answer them. You’ll also learn some basic information to get you
started creating your own answers to these questions. Let’s pick up where we left off
in the previous video.
TK: Can you tell me about a time where you suffered a setback and had to maintain your
enthusiasm?
Common Question: Can you tell me about a time when you suffered a setback and had to maintain
your enthusiasm? The interviewer may ask questions like this to get a better sense of how you
behave and perform in certain stressful situations. The question may be about your actual past
experiences, or a hypothetical situation, to see how you would respond. Here are examples
of other questions that are similar to this one:
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult client or coworker.
Tell me about a time when you had to respond to a crisis.
Tell me about a time when you had to give difficult feedback.
How would you handle a situation where you and your supervisor disagreed about an issue
or course of action?
You can see, there’s a lot of variety in the kind of way question is asked, so it’s
impossible to know exactly what you might need to say. In the days leading up to your
interview, practice responding to several different versions of this question every
day. This will help build important vocabulary you might need in the interview, and will
also help you feel ready to answer questions like these.
TK: Can you tell me about a time where you suffered a setback and had to maintain your
enthusiasm? RS: Sure. One definitely comes to mind. Last
year a project for a new toy was in its final stages after two years of work. As we were
looking at the branding and working up a final marketing plan, a competitor launched a version
of the exact same toy that we were launching. As the leader of the project, I knew that
my reaction would set the tone for the group. I acknowledged that it was a setback, but
challenged the group to think of this as a blessing in disguise. I asked them to go out
and buy the competitor’s product and make a list of anything they wished the toy could
do that it didn’t. It turned out that the list was pretty long. We added these items
to our toy, and launched a far superior product 6 months later. So, in many ways, the competitor’s
product became the key to our success. TK: That sounds like a great victory. Now.
What would you consider your greatest weakness?
Common Question: What do you consider to be your greatest weakness? This question can
be a tough one. You want to be as honest as possible when answering this question. This
is an opportunity to show a future employer that you know yourself, and are willing to
work to improve yourself. Share a weakness, like public speaking, or attention to detail,
fear of failure. And then talk about ways you’ve worked on improvement in that area.
Here is a way to start a response:
My greatest weakness is ___.
It shows up in my work when __.
The ways I’ve worked to improve in this area are __.
Take a moment to think about something you’ve struggled with in your work life. Think of
ways that you’ve worked to improve, any books that you’ve read, classes you’ve
taken, and so on. These are the things you want to share with the interviewer when answering
this question. Remember, the important thing is to show that you are aware of your weak
spots – and that you are already working at improving in these areas.
TK: Now, what do you consider to be your biggest weakness?
RS: Chocolate. Just kidding! No, my biggest weakness is public speaking. It’s something
that I’ve spent a lot of time working on and in which I’ve improved a great deal.
I’m very comfortable in smaller meetings with my teams. But when I present an idea
or concept to a larger audience, I still experience some stage fright. At this point, I can handle
these situations professionally, but I would like to be more comfort in these moments so
I can really enjoy the experience of presenting, rather than just survive it.
TK: Fear of public speaking is a very common fear; I’m in the same boat on that one!
To be continued! We’ll pick it up from here in the next video in this series where we’ll
discuss talking about the future and wrapping up the interview.
I hope this video on job interviews has been helpful. There’s nothing better than walking
out of an interview feeling that you were well prepared!
If you have interview-related questions or stories, please post them in the comments
below. I’d love to hear them.
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That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.
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