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Old 09-13-2017, 05:28 PM
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If you would respond negatively to "I need a job" you should find a therapist because you're trying to extract complements from a job candidate.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:29 PM
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"I don't know yet. Part of the interview process is whether you think I'm a good fit for your company, and part of it is whether I think your company is a good fit for me."
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:38 PM
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How many of you guys would be this flippant in an actual interview?
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:41 PM
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"I don't know yet. Part of the interview process is whether you think I'm a good fit for your company, and part of it is whether I think your company is a good fit for me."



Although I get the niggling suspicion that while this would be an honest answer, it may not be wise to say this.
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I think that would be a fine answer in an on campus interview.

If I interviewed you on campus and then flew you to the home office for a full day of interviews, I think I'd expect you to have learned a bit on campus and/or done a smidgen of research in order to have a better answer.
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Bullshit answer to a bullshit question.
What the doctor (heh-heh) ordered.

I'd rather be honest. That way, I don't have to remember the truth AND all the lies.

Also, if they don't like my answer, that company probably won't be a good fit for me. So, again, part of the interview process.
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I think that would be a fine answer in an on campus interview.

If I interviewed you on campus and then flew you to the home office for a full day of interviews, I think I'd expect you to have learned a bit on campus and/or done a smidgen of research in order to have a better answer.
If you flew me in, I'd expect you to have learned about me. And not ask bullshit questions.
So, nyeh.
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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I rarely see people lose out on a job offer because they didn't interview well.

Usually, a candidate just loses out to somebody who is more qualified or has a more appropriate background for the job, as in there was probably nothing they could have changed about the interview that would have gotten them the job. I may have seen some cases where the candidates were hired based on looks.

I've only seen one case where a candidate's particular answers to certain questions cost him the job, and it was because he said something offensive. The chief actuary said we couldn't have the guy saying the same types of things in front of important people at important meetings, so we dropped him from consideration.
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Most of the time, I have no good reason really. I'm interviewing for internships and so far I've said general stuff like "I like the location" or "I like the core values", but this seems like really bad reasoning and I never seem to get it right. Furthermore at entry level, I just want to get an offer. I'd rather work at a company I dont like than not work at all (atleast for an internship), so I don't really vet down the companies I wanna work for.

My question is how do I learn about a company? If I simply go to the corporate website, the "About Us" page is usually just filled with the same old nonsense on every other about us website. Can I get some advice on how to answer this questions if I do not know enough about a company and how I can go about learning about a company before an initial phone screening?
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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I rarely see people lose out on a job offer because they didn't interview well.
I don't know that it would be easy to distinguish. Confidence tends to make us think people are competent. I'd think it would be fairly easy to mistake a bad interview for incompetence.
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