Wednesday, January 27, 2010

5 Common Interview Questions

Why should I hire you?
The answer I gave to this question during a mock interview was “Because there are the “can do” candidates and the “will do” candidates. The can dos have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to get the job done. But the will dos also have the personality, morals, and values to do this job. I believe I am a will do candidate.” Her jaw fell on the table and she stopped the interview. So I think I will stick with this answer.

What is your weakness?
For this question I always try to turn a positive into a negative.

What major problems have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
This is another question that has a negative tone to it. If you your problem was negative just put a positive spin on it and say what you learned from the experience.

“Give me an example of a time when….”
questions are always difficult for me. Preparation and practice is going to be key in answering these situational type questions.

How do you motivate others?
I also stumble on this question. I really had to dig deep and figure out how I motive people.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Are you a "Highly Effective" person?

I would first like to state that I think Stephen Covey is a genius and his book stays on my coffee table. Now with that said….

I truly believe in being proactive and taking responsibility of your life. I don’t let the wheatear affect my mood for the day. Just because it’s gloomy outside doesn’t mean I need to be gloomy inside. Like Steven’s book sates, your life is designed for you, you can choose happiness, you choose sadness, decisiveness and ambivalence… I choose to not like 5 inches of snow on the ground affect my mood. When one door closes I look for the open window. It’s a bit of a morbid thing to think about but sometimes I think of my funeral and what people will say about me. I strive everyday to make my parents proud and to make a good name for myself because when I do die I want people that know me to be proud to say they know me. I want an entire list of accomplishments in life.

Steven talks about weather your goals are by default (passed down by friends or family) or if they are personal. I will never let what someone else wants for me to get in the way of what I truly want out of life. I will listen to what my friends and family have to say about what they want for me but I will never let that be my deciding factor.

I feel patient about habit 4. It’s the win/win, public victory. This habit talks of human interaction. There are six examples: (1) Win/Win (2) Win/Lose (3) Lose/Win (4) Lose/Lose (5) Win or Win/Win or no deal. All of these are pretty self explanatory. For example Win/Win is a mutual benefit, all parties feel good about the agreement or solutions. Win/Lose is an authoritarian approach: “I get my way, you don’t get yours.” I really try to enter into every situation with wanting it to be a Win/Win or no deal situation. It is described as, if we can’t find a solution that benefits us both then we have no deal. I want to win, and I want you to win.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Rochelle is California born and Michigan raised. A full-time student at Davenport University. She received her ABA in Marketing in the fall of ’09 and has a few classes left to finish her BBA in Human Recourses Management. Her expected gradation date is December 2010. Working her way through college as a full-time recordkeeper at the financial firm PensionTrend, located in Okemos Michigan. She is also the Vice President of her parent’s company, Speedy G Bail Bonds. Puts her Marketing degree to work by being the creative mind behind the company’s marketing plan. Currently she is aiding in opening 3 new locations of Speedy G Bail Bonds in Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia.