Was there an occasion when you disagreed with a supervisor's decision or company policy? Describe how you handled the situation.
Blame this one on your history professor or a professor you always disagreed with. While your competition is discussing a situation when they were a counselor at a summer camp and had a disagreement with his superior because he or she thought the kids should play lacrosse instead of go swimming. Discuss the subject and the disagreement. How did you handle the situation?
Here's what you say:
"In this case, I just let it go. With disagreements, there are only so many outcomes. I learned that only on rare occasions are you going to change the strong convictions of another. So, instead of having an argument in class, I wrote a polite email telling my professor my thoughts on the subject and it was left at that. Confrontation will usually get you nowhere. I was not going to yell at somebody who could knick my GPA. I have found that it is always best to be diplomatic."
What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
Be dead honest with this question. Don't tell the interviewer what you think he or she is going to want to hear. If you think the answer is going to sound funny, before you answer, simply say "This may not be the answer which you hear every day, but I am proud of it...."
Again, these interviewers, especially in this economy, always hear about someone who didn't like science class or who had to take a test without any warning and got a B+. If you're honest with your accomplishments, no matter what, they will be original.
Describe your most rewarding college experience.
With this question, stay away from the pack. Discuss something that you learned on a personal level. Before you answer, if you feel a little uneasy taking a risk, say what is listed in the last answer. Though, only use this phrase, at a maximum of 2x. You don't want to sound like a robot. Give them something original. When a client calls to use our services, I no longer care what they think. I speak honestly, clearly and what I think. If the interviewer does not agree, and you are dead honest about the situation, then working for them is not going to be fun. You're better off waiting for the next opportunity. So, you have to wait tables for a few weeks. I had to be a doorman throughout college.
Look at it this way. If Brad Pitt had to dress up like a chicken before he made it to wait for the right role, you can take a part time job that isn't your dream. In the end, you'll come out way ahead as, if you really love your job, you'll be successful. If you hate it and end up leaving after a year, your value on the open job market heavily decreases.