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Question 56:  How long do you think you will work for us? 

When answering this question, keep in mind that it costs employers a small fortune to hire you.  They have to spend thousands recruiting and training you, therefore, they don't want you to stay for just a few months or years and then quit.   However, don't assume the interviewer wants your answer to be "I will be your most devoted employee until I retire forty years from now", particularly if your resume indicates you generally stay with one employer for five years (as most Americans do) before moving on.  

Many HR experts recommend that you answer this question:  "I will stay as long as I continue to grow and make a positive contribution to the company" but this answer has become somewhat of a cliché.    Formulate your answer based on your age, your field, and your work history.

Good answer 1:  "If I am offered this position, I plan to stay with this company until I retire about ten years from now.  At this time in my life, I've begun to plan for my eventual retirement.  This position offers an excellent retirement package and seems to come with many opportunities for growth, and I think I would have exciting and challenging work to perform for the remainder of my career."

Good answer 2:  "If I am offered this position, I plan to stay with this company for a long time since there are many opportunities for growth and the position is one that would enable me to do quite a bit of software development work, which is my passion.  This position gives me the opportunity to learn many different facets of the software development process and it will take me awhile to achieve everything I want to achieve at this job."

Question 57:  Do you anticipate problems or just react to them? 

The correct answer to this question is that you try to anticipate problems rather than react to them You should then give a brief outline of a time when you caught a problem and resolved it before it did damage to the company. 

Good answer:  "I always try to anticipate problems and resolve them before they occur. For example, at Acme I knew that there were bugs in the system that would eventually surface.  I was able to catch numerous problems with the network before they occurred by running tests on the system to locate these bus.  I was able to locate and fix these errors with the network design that had they gone undiscovered would have resulted in a significant period of system downtime.  By anticipating this problem and fixing it, I was able to reduce network downtime to almost zero." 

Question 58:  How do you handle (resolve) problems with co-workers? 

Employers want employees who can resolve problems with co-workers on their own without getting a supervisor involved and who can work well with co-workers without disrupting the work environment.  Therefore, a good answer to this question tells the interviewer that you have had conflicts with co-workers (because everyone has) but you resolved them on your own. 

Good answer:  "I haven't had that many conflicts with co-workers, but there was one particular co-worker who would make sarcastic, biting remarks to me while we worked.  I think she was jealous because I was much younger than she was and the only other female in the sales department.  Finally, one day I sat down with her and asked her why she was so sarcastic to me.  She denied it, but the comments did stop after that.  Eventually, we became friends."

Question 59:  Are you considering offers from other employers?

It is recommended that you NOT disclose any other offers you have received or discuss the companies with whom you have interviewed.  Therefore, a good answer to this question is to state that you do not have offers from other companies.  (Of course, if for some reason you believe you would have a better chance of getting the job offer if you disclosed this information, then do so.) 

Question 60: Is there anything else about you I should know?

This question is usually one of the last asked.  Don't answer with a simple, "No."  Instead, use this question to try to get the job offer.  You can do this by answering, "Yes, you should know that I really want this job.  After talking with you today, I feel that this is a position that would provide me with lots of opportunities to grow and stretch my wings and I feel I could really contribute to this company.  I have the sales experience and ability you're looking for and the required supervisory skills as well. Is there anything that prevents you from offering me this position today?"

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