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    Question Job interview questions

    Hello, I am applying for a web design/editing job and I am interested in how you would answer the questions "What are your greatest strengths?" or "Why should we hire you?"

    Here is the type of job I'm applying for:

    Digital Media Assistant

    The digital media assistant helps with editorial and technical mark-up tasks associated with college book production including copy-editing and managing revisions. In addition, this position provides support to end-users and assists the marketing team in execution of marketing activities including updating CRMS databases and building custom webpages for end users.

    The assistant works with template developers and systems administrators to test code roll outs and debug regressions introduced in new code. Strong grammatical and creative writing skills; creative thinker. Knowledge of HTML, CSS and Adobe software.
    Thank you for your advice!

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    I wouldn't answer #2 directly because I would hope I would have answered it before we got to that point. If I haven't, I've probably punted the interview.

    My greatest strengths would vary drastically from yours and would probably not apply to the particular job position.
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    1) Tell them what your greatest strengths are.
    If your greatest strength is making paper airplanes, tell them that. Don't lie, and remember your answer does not have to pertain to their job position. I'm serious about the "paper airplane" answer. Tell them what your greatest strengths are (in life). If your greatest strength has nothing to do with their job description, that might mean more to them than anything pertaining to their job opening.

    2) Why should they hire you?
    They have a job opening because they have a need for help, or a problem they cannot solve. They are not hiring someone because they want an "even number" of employees in their department. Maybe you have a great talent at explaining things to people over the telephone. You can help them to bridge the connection between the design teams and the end-users. Your answer here should always provide a solution to a problem that they face.


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    mlsiems right, some questions dont have anything to the available position. show them a bit about who you are.
    why should they hire you is a question they put down because they were asked the same thing on their first job interiew. if they ask you that in person respond by saying lets complete the interiew and then maybe you can tell me

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    Another thing to be considered is that not all interviewers and interviewers are the same. I've had some of the most bizarre questions floated at me during an interview, and things I would never have seen coming.

    Here's an example of a recent interview:

    "How would you rate your classic ASP skills on a scale of 1-10?"
    "10." (I wasn't lying, either. I just answered him straight up.
    "Okay, and do you prefer to work on classic ASP on Linux or Windows servers?"
    I thought this was a trick question. "ASP was developed by Microsoft and is specifically intended for Windows servers, as is its successor, ASP.net. There's a version of ASP for Linux called ChiliASP that I've played with but it never worked the way it should for me so I stopped bothering with it after a few hours."
    "Okay, so we have this site error that we keep seeing and we can't figure out how to solve it." They showed me a page where a server object couldn't be created.
    "That's because the solution to this particular problem isn't in the code itself. You need to download Microsoft XML 4.0. I think they're up to Service Pack 2 with it, but they might be up to 3."
    "Download it onto our desktops so we can use the site?"
    "No, you download it onto the server itself, or your host can do it for you depending on your level of access to the server."
    "And this will work."
    "Yes, sir, it will work."
    "And it's not code."
    "It's not code. I've solved this particular issue a few times, so I recognize the error."
    "Can you start Monday?"

    The moral of the story is that the best preparation you can do for an interview is that which you've already done, assuming you learned from it (i.e. your experience).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim View Post
    1) Tell them what your greatest strengths are.
    If your greatest strength is making paper airplanes, tell them that. Don't lie, and remember your answer does not have to pertain to their job position. I'm serious about the "paper airplane" answer. Tell them what your greatest strengths are (in life). If your greatest strength has nothing to do with their job description, that might mean more to them than anything pertaining to their job opening.
    Hey, screw you, man. You've been eavesdropping on my job interviews. 1984! 1984!
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    What are you talking about?
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