Critiquing Interview Questions
Unit VI Assignment
1. After answering the last question, Jason said thank you and the interview was over. Briefly describe one or more techniques that Jason could have used to improve the conclusion of his interview. Your response should be at least 75 words.
Jason needs to show that he has been paying close attention during the interviewers. He can do this by asking questions about the company and the position he is applying for. The interviewers will be impressed when they see that he is actually interested in the company. He should ask questions about the company’s work culture, and its management policies. In addition, he should ask the interviewers if they have any concerns about his qualifications. He can then fortify some of his weaknesses based on the answers they give him.
2. Danielle was interviewing for a position, and the interviewer asked for her salary requirements. As Danielle was not expecting to hear that question, she mumbled for a minute before eventually saying $40,000.00, which is low for someone with her experience. Briefly describe one or more techniques that Danielle could have used to improve her response to the salary-expectations question. Also, how does a response to the salary expectations impact salary negotiations? Your response should be at least 75 words.
Danielle should have conducted research on the remuneration packages offered at the company. The research would have given her insight into the salary range that she should expect if she is accepted for the job. Several internet sites provide detailed salary information for different companies. The sites also give information about salaries of comparable positions. She can also research on the market salary trends for the position she wants. With this information in hand, she will be well-equipped to answer the salary-expectations question.
3. Tanya was in an interview, and she was shocked to discover how one of the organization’s core services involves performing tasks that directly conflict with Tanya’s beliefs and principles. After discovering this information during the interview, Tanya immediately realized that she could not work for this organization. To prevent wasting time with an unnecessary interview, what type of interview-preparation technique could Tanya have used? What are the advantages of using techniques to prepare for an interview? Your response should be at least 50 words.
Tanya should have researched the organization and its culture prior to attending the interview. From her research she would have gleaned that some of the tasks involved were against her beliefs and principles. She would have saved her and the interviewers’ time by having conducted the research and cancelling the interview. Using techniques to prepare for an interview increases the possibility of one getting the job, as the interviewers will be impressed at how the interviewee is conversant with the company’s background, culture, and work ethic.
4. While in an interview, Tom was asked to describe his professional experience with his current and previous employers. During his descriptions, Tom occasionally included a few negative comments about his current and previous employers. How can negative comments impact a job interview? Your response should be at least 50 words.
Negative comments especially about one’s former employer or workplace can have disparaging effects on the job interview. Such comments make the interviewee look and sound petty, bitter, and vengeful. The interviewers may also view such comments as a precursor to future behavior. They might think that that is how the interviewee will describe their company in future interviews.
5. According to the textbook, there is a right and wrong way to respond to yes-or-no questions during an interview. During an interview, how would you respond to the following question: Have you ever worked for a company that generates revenue through e-commerce? Your response should be at least 50 words.
Yes, I have worked for a company that generates revenue through e-commerce. While working for the organization, my main task was to constantly update the company’s online store with new stock items and to engage the customers to make a purchase. The customers would browse through the items, click on the goods they want and then pay for them online. The goods would then be shipped to the customers within a few days.
6. This question involves closing an interview. Near or at the end of an interview, you may be asked if you have any questions. Not responding may imply you are not interested, and a probing question about the company may imply you did not research the company. For this essay, respond to the importance of closing the interview on a positive note and share an example of a closing interview statement (your personal commercial). Your response must be at least 250 words in length.
It is crucial to close up an interview on a positive note because your exit is as important as your entry into the interview. The interviewers are actually summing up their impressions of the interviewee. The last picture of the interviewee will have a significant impact on the interviewer’s perception of the interviewee. At this point, the interviewer will be analyzing how the interviewee carries himself out of the office, his body language, what he says, and how he says it. An excellent closing will almost guarantee the job for the interviewee. This is the best time to make one’s point and sell the interviewers’ on your point.
To end the interview on a positive note, it is important to ask questions about the interviewer. Most people like to talk about themselves and this would be the perfect opportunity for the interviewer to talk about his job and the company. For instance, in my closing, I would ask the interviewer about his views on the upward mobility at the company and the progression opportunities he has encountered during his tenure in the company.
Such a question will make the interviewer perceive that I am very interested in the job. The purpose of such a closing statement is to also give the interviewer some time to relax. Interviewing someone for a job position is often a grueling process. The interviewer will take advantage of this down time to discuss himself, the company, and its achievements. The more relaxed he is, the higher the chances that one will get the position.