Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The 5 hardest interview questions:

#1 What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This question can be very difficult to answer. Especially in a tough economy it is very important to make yourself stand apart from other candidates. Selling yourself can sometimes feel like your being over confident, but sometimes it is necessary. I answered this question by stating some to the point facts. I feel that my strengths are being a team player, loyal, dedicated to achieving the goal or task that is put before me. Some of my weaknesses is that I tend to want to control the situation/project and take more of a lead. I also like everyone to take some part of a task and not everyone may not be on board. I have to step back and let people work on what is best for them.

#2What qualities can you bring to our company?
This question needs to be honest and forthcoming without sounding conceded. My response would be I am honest, loyal, and hard working. My organizational skills allow for effective time management. I am also someone who believe in leading by example. (I would then give an example). I feel these skills bring a positive work environment.

#3Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
There are many different phrases for this one. It could be 6 months to 10 years. I have always been told to answer honestly, but also answer to make yourself stand out. I see myself building a career with this company. With the client contact and the new business that has been generated I have trained my staff to always step into my shoes. I hope to have more of a trainer or leadership role with the company within that time frame.

#4How do you resolve conflict?
To be an effective leader you must listen to all sides of the situation. What are the factors and is there a way for resolution that makes sense. It is not always fun to be the leader but certain situations may cause for some sort of corrective action if necessary.

#5Why did you leave your last job?
Being honest is the most important. I was let go due to the fact that I inadvertently gave information to a husband that was not listed on the account and only the wife was. This information had also been given by others but because I knew the customer the situation was to have my employment end.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jennifer Marshall-Introduction

Her name is Jennifer Marshall and she is in her third semester at Davenport University. Her major is business with an emphasis and finance. So far she has found the University to be challenging and rewarding. As her classes begin to get more difficult her need to succeed becomes her motivation. She has also taken advantage of some of the opportunities that Davenport has to offer such as being a part of the work study program at St. Lawrence Hospital.

In her spare time she is a single mother to a twelve year old boy named Caleb. This is one of the greatest joys and hardest work that she has encountered by being a single parent, but very worthwhile. Some activities they enjoy are camping, traveling, playing games, and other family adventures. She hopes by working and studying hard these traits will be instilled in her son as he becomes an adult,