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Asked by Nicholas on April 11, 2017

What are some good ways to answer - or prepare to answer - some of the following questions: Why did you choose this company over our competitors? What qualifications do you have that make you feel you will be successful in your field? Describe how you handle stress. How do you react to criticism? 

Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 12, 2017

One thing to keep in mind while interviewing, is that it’s best to sound like yourself and give the most honest answers. While it’s good to practice your answers, if your answers do not sound genuine, it tends to sound awkward and unnatural. In terms of why you chose the company or want the job, its best to make sure that your values match the company’s and that the company culture would be a good fit. Focus on highlighting your qualifications that match the role you are interviewing for. If there are qualifications for the position that may not be your strength, I recommend telling the interviewer what you are doing currently to work on developing those areas for improvement. For example, if you do not have a technical skill in your field yet, what classes are you taking or will you take to learn that skill? Are you teaching yourself in your spare time? In terms of handling stress and criticism, it is essential to remain honest here, if you answer based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear, you may end up on a team with drastically different working styles. Best of luck!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 9, 2017

The first thing to do is to honestly reflect over these questions and start writing down your answers. If you are unsure or do not like your own responses, now is the perfect time to start researching and strengthening your skills. If you are invited to interview, your interviewer will expect you to know about the company’s core values, accomplishments, and why they consider themselves better than their competitors. They will also expect you to know if and how your qualifications match and/or exceed those of the job requirements. Remember, you can take along notes and questions that you'd like to cover in your interview. It physically shows that you are well prepared and take the meeting seriously. If you feel you do not react well to criticism and handle stress poorly, this is a great opportunity to begin finding healthy ways to deal with both. They will be a part of your career for the rest of your life and the sooner those healthy habits are formed, the better you will be in the long run. Best of luck in your interviews!

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on May 23, 2017

You need to be yourself, do some research on the company and compare the company values to your own to see if there are similarities. Be sure to highlight your strengths and experiences that relate to the position. When it comes to the questions regarding stress and criticism, be honest, only you know how you handle these situations. If you know you don't handle stress or criticism well, have a response ready on how you can improve.
Best of luck!

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