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15 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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15. How would your friends describe you?



Bad answer:
“I’m a really good listener.”

While being a good listener is a great personality trait, your employer probably doesn’t care all that much. It’s unlikely that they’re hiring you to be a shoulder to cry on. You’ll want to keep your answer relevant to the job you’re interviewing for, and as specific as possible. If you can, insert an example.

Good answer:
“My friends would probably say that I’m extremely persistent – I’ve never been afraid to keep going back until I get what I want. In college I worked as a program developer, recruiting keynote speakers for major conferences. I usually got one rejection after another – this was just the nature of the job. But I really wanted the big players – so I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I kept going back to them every time there was a new company on board, or some new value proposition. Eventually, many of them actually said “yes” – the program turned out to be so great that we doubled our attendees from the year before. A lot of people might have given up after the first rejection, but it’s just not in my nature. If I know something is possible, I have to keep trying until I get it."



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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    getup set

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    A Police Officer

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    cambridge police

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    My last chief was ok

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I have four police officers in my familiy

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Because i can help people with there problems

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    jatlanta06

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I wanted to drive fast and shoot guns.

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    fireems31

    over 4 years ago

    316 Comments

    This will be a great foundation for me since I am just starting out and need to brush up on my interview skills.

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    TRPD758

    over 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    Very informative

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    mmmm

    over 4 years ago

    550 Comments

    As I approach retirement from my current employer I have begun to seek my next employment. This article was helpful to remind me of some job interview tecniques that I have not used in some time.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    FrankCastle43, the example for the "tell us about yourself" questions is a bad one. Most departments ask for single greatest strength or multiple strengths as it is. And few people work with a department before making the move to a job as an officer.

    However, it's not necessarily a bad question to ask. It gives the panel an idea of who you are. It's an opportunity to establish yourself as a hard working member of society looking to give back to their community, not some boob who sits on the couch and goes drinking with his friend's and works part-time at McDonalds.

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    ac314stl

    over 4 years ago

    52 Comments

    Thanks! This is very helpful!

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    FrankCastle43

    over 4 years ago

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    The question "Tell us about yourself", is the single worst interview question there is, yet this question continues to be used in not only law enforcement departments, but many other fields as well. Open ended, vague, and wide focused questions will produce the poorest of answers. I wish board panels would realize, that type of questioning fits in the be political world, not with potential police officers.

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    ddeangelo

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    I belive in all of my officers, so I think I can trust you gyes with that answer.

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    ddeangelo

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    You gyes, know about me, but I am educated in this field and I have a great appration for our officers, and their safty, as well as my own in mind every single day.

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