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Aug 6, 2008
In any interview, you should be ready to answer all questions to the best of your ability and with a high degree of self-confidence. Whilst the answers to the questions are important, what the interviewer is often looking for is how you answer the questions. Therefore, it is extremely important that your answers are able to reflect positively how you feel. The answers should be to the point and not overly-winded.

Ensure that any answers you give are short and on the topic. Whilst they are short, they must also be complete, ?stand alone? answers and must satisfy the interviewer entirely. If your answer for some reason does not satisfy the interviewer, try to clarify your position only whilst on the topic. Most times, if the interviewer is not satisfied with your answer he/she will ask another question to gain further information. If this does happen, concentrate on the new question.

Some questions are always asked in an interview and are common to many. It is extremely advantageous if you are well prepared for these questions. Examples of such questions are concerned with general topics such as listing your skills. The language used in answering these questions should be simple and casual so it appears as though your answer is just what came to your mind after the interviewer asked the question. These general questions, whilst obtaining information are also testing your ability to think on your feet and react under pressure. This ability is evidenced from the answers that you give to the interviewers during the interview, so a skill at quick thinking and a timely answer is always beneficial.

The interviewer may also enquire about your previous job and maybe even your work colleagues in that company. Be careful that you are always positive when answering such questions. Never complain or make negative remarks about the previous company and associated issues as these questions are asked specifically to ascertain your potential relations with the colleagues of the new company. Your answers will reflect your interpersonal skills and ability to work in cooperatively with others.

Therefore, be positive and do not mention any conflicts or arguments that you may have had while working at your previous job and of course, never, never complain about the management of that company. Give the impression that you were able to get along with everybody, management and co-workers alike. It is especially helpful to you if you can make reference to specific colleagues and their opinions of you as a co-worker.

Bear in mind that you may be faced with some questions where your honest opinion will be the best choice even though it may be little distracting for the interviewer. You may be asked whether you have applied for other positions. Be honest and brief in your answer and it should not cause much distraction. Some answers will require a degree of knowledge about the particular company. Be prepared with suitable facts and data about the company.

One crucial question asked in an interview is related to your salary expectations. You should never attempt to answer this question directly, but that it would depend upon the responsibilities and duties you would be expected to perform. Alternatively, you could counter the question with one of your own by asking the interviewer to give you an approximate range offered for that position.

If you are an experienced person in the field, it is likely the interviewer will ask about the skills you possess and your experience in using these skills. It is advisable to have a prepared example for your answer.
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