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Pam Berry
  • Minneapolis, MN
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Preparing for Your Interview: Questions to Expect.

Congratulations!  You have found a job that you know you would be great at, you have a great resume and cover letter, AND you have been invited to an interview!

The most important part of the job search is next:  the Interview.  In preparation for your interview and the questions that may be asked, try to learn as much as you can about the different aspects of the job.  Seek to learn both about the company/organization and the position that you are interviewing for.  Try to glean from the posting information about the potential challenging issues or situations that you may encounter on the job.  If you know someone who works for the company, be sure to ask them for insider information about what is needed in this position.  In addition to being more knowledgeable, you will be able to present yourself as truly interested and invested in the position.  And this may be just what you need to stand out from other applicants!

One of the best ways to prepare for the interview is to anticipate the questions that the interviewer will be asking.  You can utilize the information that you have gathered about the company to guide your answers to their questions.  

Keep in mind that the interviewer is looking for how your answers will tell them about your knowledge, skills and abilities related to this job.   While you might answer any question in a number of ways, target your answers to address the needs of the company, or the requirements of the specific position.  Here are a few of the most frequently asked interview questions:

What interests you in this job?  Be honest and enthusiastic.

What are your greatest weaknesses?  Reveal a characteristic that you have identified for yourself, and also talk about ways in which you successfully are addressing this weakness.  If a weakness makes you unable to carry out the requirements of the position with accommodations, be honest with yourself and the employer.

What is your greatest strength?   Be sure to emphasize traits that will make a difference in this position.

Tell me about a challenging situation that you have addressed?   Make sure it is work related

Click on this link Interview Questions for one author’s list of 10 top interview questions, and some suggestions for ways to answer these questions.  Be sure to practice answering these questions by writing down your answers and speaking the answers out loud.   Be confident in what you have learned and what you know.   Best of luck!

Feel free to share some of the additional questions that you have been asked during interviews, so that we can all be more prepared during our next interview!


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Interview Questions to Expect: Preparing for Your Interview

Congratulations!  You have found the posting for a job that you know you would be great at, you have submitted a great resume and cover letter, AND you have been invited to an interview!

The big question now is:  How can you best prepare for the interview?  One of the best ways to prepare for the interview is to anticipate the questions that the interviewer will be asking.   In order to do so, start by reviewing all that you already know about the company/organization and…


Posted on August 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Writing a Stress-Free Cover Letter

I have found writing a cover letter to be very intimidating.  Summarizing my qualifications in one or two paragraphs without restating the information in my resume can be tricky.  So, I have created a cover letter outline which guides me when I write a cover letter.  Here are some of the tips and structure that I now incorporate into my cover letters:


  1. Do your best to determine who the hiring manager is for…


Posted on July 31, 2017 at 8:43pm

What To Do While Job Searching this Summer?

Searching for a job in the summer can be tricky.  Some companies are not hiring, and as long as the weather is nice, you might as well enjoy it!  In addition to your ‘regular’ job search tasks, you might supplement your job search with one or more of the following activities:


Read a book:  Try to find a book about the field that you would like to work in.  Or, simply read for fun!

Volunteer:  Volunteering is a great way to get experience related to your area of…


Posted on June 19, 2017 at 5:33pm

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At 5:27am on August 21, 2020, Maris Ahmed said…

Good Day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( mrsstellakhalil588@gmail.com ) for the full details.
Have a nice day
Thanks God bless

At 9:26am on July 24, 2017, Erika J. Kluge said…

Hi Pam! I have sent your inquiry to Cliff and I am certain he will reply soon with a remedy for your issue. I did not encounter any issues and I have had a few students install it this past week successfully. All students were using a Mac- do you have a PC? If it is a PC it needs to be within the Chrome Browser. Please keep me posted- thank you!

At 9:05am on July 10, 2017, Great Lakes ADA Center said…

Hi Pam,

Sorry to hear that.  Not sure what the issue is, sometimes the platform has glitches. I just recently posted to the forum and it worked, so hopefully the problem is resolved. You might want to write your comments in Word and then cut and paste as a protective measure.



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