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Old 07-02-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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In doing your preliminary reaearch its possible you found out what charities or arts programs this company contributes to and mention your love of dogs/opera/habitat etc. Otherwise, your obsession with reading the business section on the newspaper each morning is a good one........
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: NY
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Thanks for the thoughts and differeing opinions. It is thought provoking.

It is an internal position, so they are going to know my qualifications as they directly relate to my present position.

So maybe suggestions of something a little lighter, but still relevant might be worthwhile. I acted as a statistician for a local, amateur baseball team for a few years. I could certainly highlight things I did there towards this. Statistical compilation and analys, identifying trends in situations, recommending changes to lineups/strategy.

It would be a little more personal, in that it is an outside, not really work related interest. Yet, I can relate it to the position too, so it is just not some irrelevant hobby.

Might be a good idea as I think about it, and formulate a response in my mind.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Tell them you pick your nose when no one's looking and enjoy flicking it at random people as they pass by.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:11 AM
 
Location: NY
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Tell them you pick your nose when no one's looking and enjoy flicking it at random people as they pass by.

Something tells me that might not be a winning strategy, unless by chance they enjoy the same thing.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: In a house
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It bugs me when interviewers ask the same cliche horsepucky. I mean, what do they EXPECT me to answer? They expect the same answer they get from everyone else. So then, why bother asking the question? Just assume you asked, assume I answered the way you wanted to hear, and move onto something more interesting.

If I tell them I used to enjoy bowling, they won't care. It doesn't matter to them, that I used to enjoy bowling. They probably won't even bother asking why I don't enjoy bowling anymore. Chances are, they're not even a bowler themselves, and if they ask me what my average was, and I tell them it was a 162, it won't mean anything to them.

But, they wanted to know something they didn't know about me. How about - I hate avocados? Or oh - I once went with my dad ballooning for his birthday. Oh I know, my favorite color is green!

How is any of this relevent to the job? It isn't. Then, if that's not the kind of answer they want, then they should be more specific with their question. I'm not there to play the "guess what the interviewer means" game. I'm there in search of employment.

The same goes for those objectives on resumes. What the heck do they expect to see? My objective: to not have to work for a living anymore.

That's MY objective, anyway. I'm guessing that's a big one for most people. But instead of omitting an objective entirely, or telling the truth, they lie. "To be situated in a productive, team-spirited community of like-minded thinkers where I can forward-basis myself into proactive performance-driven nonsense."

Gimme a break. As an employer, I wouldn't buy it. As an employer, I'd be more likely to interview the guy who says "My objective is to retire wealthy and buy a villa in Tangiers and drink pina coladas on the beach" than anyone who puts in that prospective job-speak ridiculousness.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:27 AM
 
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If you are a male you could say :" Well, nobody knows I cross dress at night and go out with fish net stockings under my jeans with silky boxers "
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Originally Posted by Checkered24 View Post
Thanks for the thoughts and differeing opinions. It is thought provoking.

It is an internal position, so they are going to know my qualifications as they directly relate to my present position.

So maybe suggestions of something a little lighter, but still relevant might be worthwhile. I acted as a statistician for a local, amateur baseball team for a few years. I could certainly highlight things I did there towards this. Statistical compilation and analys, identifying trends in situations, recommending changes to lineups/strategy.

It would be a little more personal, in that it is an outside, not really work related interest. Yet, I can relate it to the position too, so it is just not some irrelevant hobby.

Might be a good idea as I think about it, and formulate a response in my mind.
Absolutely, positively, a great answer.

"I love baseball. In fact I love it so much I acted as a statistician for a local team..."
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: NYC
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It bugs me when interviewers ask the same cliche horsepucky. I mean, what do they EXPECT me to answer? They expect the same answer they get from everyone else. So then, why bother asking the question? Just assume you asked, assume I answered the way you wanted to hear, and move onto something more interesting.

If I tell them I used to enjoy bowling, they won't care. It doesn't matter to them, that I used to enjoy bowling. They probably won't even bother asking why I don't enjoy bowling anymore. Chances are, they're not even a bowler themselves, and if they ask me what my average was, and I tell them it was a 162, it won't mean anything to them.

But, they wanted to know something they didn't know about me. How about - I hate avocados? Or oh - I once went with my dad ballooning for his birthday. Oh I know, my favorite color is green!

How is any of this relevent to the job? It isn't. Then, if that's not the kind of answer they want, then they should be more specific with their question. I'm not there to play the "guess what the interviewer means" game. I'm there in search of employment.

The same goes for those objectives on resumes. What the heck do they expect to see? My objective: to not have to work for a living anymore.

That's MY objective, anyway. I'm guessing that's a big one for most people. But instead of omitting an objective entirely, or telling the truth, they lie. "To be situated in a productive, team-spirited community of like-minded thinkers where I can forward-basis myself into proactive performance-driven nonsense."

Gimme a break. As an employer, I wouldn't buy it. As an employer, I'd be more likely to interview the guy who says "My objective is to retire wealthy and buy a villa in Tangiers and drink pina coladas on the beach" than anyone who puts in that prospective job-speak ridiculousness.
Once you learn how to market yourself, you won't hate these questions. Silly, expected questions are a great way to promote your personal agenda.

As for objectives on resumes, drop it. I replaced it with a "Candidate Overview" which gives a soundbite version of who I am and why I am special. It's a one sentence summary at the top of my resume, and trust me it works.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Not quite, because if your telling them why they should hire you includes stuff you've already said, you didn't really answer the question, and failure to grasp and/or correctly answer a question could knock you right out.
here is the game. yes you talk about yourself but you anticipate what they wana hear and how good you will fit with their team. its shows you have already learned stuff about them and know how to please them.
reading people and anticipating what they want is a critical skill. the brutal fact ----codependents make excellent employees.
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