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  41. How do you determine priorities in your planning?  A good answer on how to organize your planning: you structure your to-do-list according to a matrix of importance and urgency. Those tasks with the highest combined degree are done first. Perhaps you have done a time-management course as well before, or you receive compliments from friends on how efficiently you allocate your time? 42. How would your friends describe you?  Be honest, but just point out your positive features! The recruiter might have already done a background scan of you on several social networking websites, and might already have quite a good idea of your friends and what they think of you! 43. Have you ever considered starting your own business?  Your answer should depend on the company culture: is assertiveness and entrepreneurship valued highly? If yes, you can affirm your enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, but don`t go too far! The recruiter might think you are more fit to be an entrepreneur rather than a colleague. Don`t be too averse against an own business either - the recruiter might think you lack ambition. In that case it would be better to answer if prefer to develop myself within a company, where I can enjoy mentorship, (horizontal) growth opportunities, and more colleagues to share experiences with. 44. Tell me more about your prior internship/job experience. How would your previous colleagues describe you?  Similar to question 42, though here the recruiter would like to learn more about what others think of your professional side rather than your social side. Remember to stay positive, tell enthusiastically about your previous experiences and the good relationships you had with colleagues (if applicable of course!). Your previous colleagues` views need to match with what you earlier told the recruiter regarding your strong points - try to avoid your weaknesses obviously. A possible good way to end the answer would be to say I`m still in touch with my previous colleagues and the boss was even open to a prolonged stay on my side - I however preferred to seek a larger elsewhere . 45. What is the most significant contribution you made in your previous company?  The recruiter wants to hear about your specific contribution - so don`t just mention the results of your entire team or division. For example: I wrote a recommendation about how to achieve x within our company. This was approved by my division-leader and is currently being implemented, leading to a increase in efficiency by x%. 46. Could you have done better in your previous job?  Don`t be negative about your previous performance! You can for example say: It`s always easier to look back and find room for improvement. I learned a lot at my previous job and gained more experience, which would definitely be beneficial at your company for example. However I cannot think of anything major that I could have done better. If you really need to mention an example, you can always blame external factors beyond your control; e.g. I was responsible for organizing a conference for 200 people, which got cancelled the day before. A very unfortunate event in my previous job, though I guess it was beyond my control .  47. What would you like to improve professionally about yourself?  The recruiter is trying to find out more about your weaknesses. Again, don`t be too open about your weaknesses. You can either turn a strength into a weakness, or talk about a weakness which would be irrelevant for the company (see question 3). 48. Your boss tells you in confidence that he is considering firing a colleague, who happens to be your best friend at work. How would you handle this situation?  Such hypothetical questions try to trap you into judging situations on the spot. Try to stick to a mere rational and methodological course of action, for example I would try to analyze exactly what the problem is, why is my friend not living up to expectations? I need to be careful not to lose the trust of my boss, but I also do not want to withhold my friend essential information relating to his career. I would analyze several solutions, maybe I could even see if I can help/train/complement my friend with his apparent deficiency. After reviewing all possible solutions, I would need to select the best course of action. Remember that you often cannot give your interview a definite answer, since the question is hypothetical and you don`t have all the facts on the table! 49. Tell me a joke.  You weren`t expecting such a question right? They are intended to catch you off-guard! How many people can tell a joke on the spot, especially during a stressful interview...? Not many probably.. It`s difficult to prepare for such questions since they can vary so much. Best is to know that such questions do appear in interviews, and to react lightly and with humor to it. Don`t worry about it, the recruiter probably wouldn`t be able to tell a joke on the spot either! 50. What would you do with 1 million ping-pong balls?  This question is intended to gauge your creativity! It doesn`t matter what you say exactly here, just try to be humorous and come up with something the recruiter hasn`t heard before!
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