Some people find it difficult to write cover letters and resumes, but excel at interviews. Others find it much easier to write cover letters and resumes, but the very thought of giving an interview gives them the screaming meemies. They may know a lot, but an interview is so difficult for them that they end up saying basically nothing, and lose out on a job they could have done easily and well.
The trouble is, every stage of the job application process is geared towards the interview. It is only through the interview that the hiring manager can gauge if you’re the person he or she wants for the job.
So you have to prepare for the interview. Even if you’re one of those people who breeze through interviews, you must think about it and prepare for it because otherwise you can say goodbye to the job.
What you must think about, is the questions you might be asked. Now these might be simple, direct questions, and they might be questions you have to think about. But even with the simple questions, think before you answer. Ask yourself: is he really asking a simple question, or does he want to see if you can provide a deeper meaning?
Here are some questions you may be asked if you’re being interviewed for a merchandiser’s assistant position, and their answers:
Have you ever come in conflict with your coworkers?
Yes, I have. There have been no major conflicts, but there have been disagreements that have needed to be solved. In fact, it helped me to try to put myself in the other person’s shoes and try to see things from his point of view. So each time I listened to his perspective, and then we managed to come to a mutually satisfactory solution.
Did you ever received some negative feedback? Tell me about it.
Yes, I did. A merchandizing idea that I put forward was met with a lot of criticism. My supervisor felt that the idea was mundane and old and would surely fail to encourage customers to buy the company’s products. I worked on the idea a little more and was able to come up with a better solution.
What makes you a good choice for a merchandising assistant position?
Beginning from the time that I graduated from business school to my current job, everything that I have learnt is geared towards handling a company’s merchandising work. I have insightful information on how to handle merchandising efforts by coordinating work modules with both marketing and sales teams and I can effectively strategize merchandising programs to meet the needs of the company.