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Job interview Question 28:  How well do you handle change?

The only acceptable answer is one stating you handle change very well.  Don't just make this claim; offer an example of how well you coped with a major change that took place in your work environment.  A common shakeup occurs when your employer brings in new automation or changes its culture.  In any event, tell the interviewer what you did to cope or adapt to a change that occurred with a previous employer -- and this should be a major change, not a minor one. 

Job Interview Question 29:  Are you opposed to doing a lot of routine work?

Don't answer with, "Oh yes, I will enjoy filing eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year!" Instead, try to assure the interviewer you aren't going to go mad doing your boring job.  For example, "I know this position requires a lot of routine work, but I don't expect to start at the top.  I'm willing to start at the bottom and prove myself.   Eventually, I will be assigned tasks that require more brain power."

Job Interview Question 30:  How do you resolve disputes with co-workers and handle conflicts?

Don't claim that you have never had a dispute with a co-worker.  The interviewer will know you are fibbing, since getting along with all co-workers is unusual -- there's always at least one person you can stand. 

The best answer to this question tells the interviewer about a dispute you had with a co-worker and how you resolved it so that the outcome was positive.  Your answer should tell the interviewer how you resolved it on your own, and hopefully, that you and this other person are now friends, or at least are able to work together productively.  Also, concentrate on offering an example of how you resolved a work-related conflict rather than disclosing a personal feud over some petty subject. 

For example, telling the interviewer about your problems getting a co-worker to take your suggestions on a specific project seriously is a much better topic than telling the interviewer about your feud with another over a parking space. In addition, don't tell the interviewer that you resolved a dispute by tattling to the boss or trying to get the other person fired.  Employers are sick of dealing with employee conflicts and they want a mature person who can resolve conflicts on her own without tattling or complaining to the boss.

Job Interview Question 31.  What would you do if a supervisor asked you to do something the wrong way?

The interviewer is testing how insubordinate you might be.  Never answer this question by claiming you would refuse to do something the way the supervisor told you to do it unless you are required by your company or by law to follow certain procedures.  Instead, tell the interviewer you would tell the supervisor you think it should be done another way, but if the supervisor insisted you do it his way, you would do so.  Good answer:  "If I was aware that there was a more efficient or better way to perform a task, I would tactfully point this out to the supervisor.  However, if she still wanted me to do it her way, I would do so."

Job Interview Question 32. What types of people do you have trouble getting along with?

You don't want to answer this question with "Hard-working people who make lazy people like me look bad."  You want to be the hard-working, nice person who doesn't like lazy or difficult people.  However, be careful, the position you're interviewing for might come with an unpleasant, difficult supervisor and the interviewer is asking you this question for that reason.

Good answer 1: "I don't get along well with people who don't hold up their end of the job, who are constantly coming in late or calling in sick.  They don't really respect their co-workers and bring the whole organization down."

Good answer 2:  "I don't get along well with people who are opinionated and close-minded.  They always seem to be complaining about one thing or another and they're depressing to be around." 

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