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Question 66:  Do you know who our major competitors are?

You do not want to answer this question "No."  In fact, being able to discuss who their competitors are in-depth can only help you get the job.  You need to research this question before the interview and know who their top competitors are. 

A good answer:  "Yes, your three major competitors are A, B, and C.    Currently, you are the industry leader, however, B has plans to enter the X sector and challenge your dominance in this market."  You might want to learn about each company's strengths and weaknesses as well. If they are publicly traded companies, you can learn more about them by examining their SEC papers. 

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Question 67:  How long have you been searching for a job?  Why haven't you received a job offer?  Why have you been unemployed for so long? 

It is always better to answer this question with "I just started looking" but this is not always possible, particularly if your resume indicates you've been unemployed for the last six months.  If you can't hide the fact that your job search has been taking awhile, then state you're being selective about whom you will work for.  Of course, stating this might prompt the interviewer to ask, "What offers have you turned down?" which could land you in hot water if you haven't actually received any job offers. (It isn't a good idea to lie in answering this latter question.) 

A bad economy and a crowded market are good reasons one might have trouble finding a job.  However, be aware that many interviewers will hold this against you even if the job market was very bad and many people were having trouble finding employment. 

Question 68:  What previously held job do you consider to be your favorite and why? 

This is actually a trick question asked to determine if you enjoy the type of work the position you're applying for involves.  Therefore, the answer to this question should be a job that requires the same or similar work that you will be required to perform in the new job.  If you do not have a previous job wherein you performed similar tasks, then offer an answer that does not suggest you are ill-suited for the position. 

For example, if you are applying for a high-stress, demanding job in a chaotic environment, don't tell the interviewer you loved your position with Acme because of the mellow, low stress "work at your own pace" atmosphere.

Question 69:  Would you choose the same career if you could start over again? 

How you answer this question depends on whether or not you are trying to win a job related to your career history or are trying to enter a new field.   No matter how much you despise the career you originally chose, do not admit this fact to the interviewer because it tells him you consider your work to be drudge.  If you are trying to enter a new field, of course, tell the interviewer that you would choose the field you're now trying to enter if you had it to do all over again -- that's why you're trying to enter it now. 

Question 70:  Why have you stayed with the same employer for so long? 

Just as moving from job to job too frequently can harm you, so can staying with the same employer for too long -- particularly if you've never been promoted and your resume indicates you haven't been intellectually challenged in years.  Your answer should state something about your having worked successfully with many people both inside and outside of the organization, including different bosses and co-workers, as well as interacting regularly with various types of organizations and customers.

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