Probable Questions Personal Interview Essay

The Job Interview Question & Response Database includes 150 of the most typical interview questions that you may face in your job interviews. Questions are in no particular order, so take your time and go through the entire list!

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1. How would you describe yourself?

    Sample excellent response:
    My background to date has been centered around preparing myself to become the very best financial consultant I can become. Let me tell you specifically how I’ve prepared myself. I am an undergraduate student in finance and accounting at ———— University. My past experiences has been in retail and higher education. Both aspects have prepared me well for this career.

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2. What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life?

    Sample excellent response:
    I want to be working for an excellent company like yours in a job in which I am managing information. I plan to contribute my leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills. My long-range career goal is to be the best information systems technician I can be for the company I work for.

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3. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?

    Sample excellent response:
    I have prepared myself to transition into the the work force through real-world experience involving travel abroad, internship, and entrepreneurial opportunities. While interning with a private organization in Ecuador, I developed a 15-page marketing plan composed in Spanish that recommended more effective ways the company could promote its services. I also traveled abroad on two other occasions in which I researched the indigenous culture of the Mayan Indians in Todos Santos, Guatemala, and participated in a total-language-immersion program in Costa Rica. As you can see from my academic, extracurricular, and experiential background, I have unconditionally committed myself to success as a marketing professional.

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4. Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation.

    Sample excellent response (equates ideal job with job he’s interviewing for):
    My ideal job is one that incorporates both my education and practical work skills to be the best I can be. Namely combining my education in finance with my working knowledge of customer-service operations, entrepreneurial abilities, computer skills, and administrative skills. I want to utilize my analytical expertise to help people meet their financial goals. This is exactly why I am convinced that I would be a very valuable member of the Merrill Lynch team.

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5. What influenced you to choose this career?

    Sample excellent response:
    My past experiences have shown me that I enjoy facing and overcoming the challenge of making a sale. Without a doubt, once I have practiced my presentation and prepared myself for objections, I feel very confident approaching people I don’t know and convincing them that they need my product. Lastly, I like sales because my potential for success is limited only by how much of myself I dedicate toward my goal. If any profession is founded on self-determinism, it surely must be sales.

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6. At what point did you choose this career?

    Sample excellent response:
    I knew that I wanted to pursue information-systems technology about my sophomore year in college. It was then that I realized that my that my hobby (computers) was taking up most of my time. My favorite courses were IT courses. I also realized that I so enjoyed the computer-oriented work-study I was doing that I would have done it for free.

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7. What specific goals have you established for your career?

    Sample excellent response:
    My goals include becoming a Certified Financial Advisor so I can obtain a better working knowledge of financial research analysis. That background would enable me contribute to my client base as a better financial consultant since I would have that extra insight into the companies they seek to invest in. I could then be a portfolio manager or even branch office manager.

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8. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them?

    Sample excellent response:
    I’ve already done some research on other workers at Merrill Edge to see how they achieved similar goals. I know that Merrill Edge encourages the pursuit of a graduate degree and will reimburse for tuition. I plan to pursue an MBA to give me an even more extensive knowledge of business and financial analysis.

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Plan the outline of your interview essay based on the ordering of your reasons.

Introduction/Conclusion: Decide how you will begin and conclude your essay. Your introduction should include the question you asked. Your opening might be suggested by some of the comments from your interviews or you might want to describe a situation which causes your question. For example, in a paper about whether you would give money to a homeless person, you could open with a scenario or story about being approached by a woman in a parking lot and having to decide whether to give money. You might also use description, statistics, and/or questions in your opening (describe homeless people in a big city, give statistics, and end with the question you asked in your interview). You could also begin with a dictionary definition, an appropriate reference to a movie, T.V. show, or song, or a quote.

Body: List the reasons in order. The body of your essay should follow the order of reasons that you put together from your notes. Be sure to quote, paraphrase, and summarize your sources. Also be sure to analyze the connections between reasons and why people might come to those conclusions.

Conclusion: Your response. You will conclude the paper with a paragraph or two explaining which point-of-view, in your opinion, has the most validity, and why. If none of the viewpoints from your interviews coincided with your opinion, you should talk about that.

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