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My frist experience with "au bon pain" cefe
It is said that an awesome resume gets you an interview, and a successful interview gets you an offer. Indeed, interviewing is an important skill. It involves not only expressing yourself clearly, but also communicating it to your interviewer. As a current graduate student, I have had several interview experiences. There are errors and little shining points in those experiences that I would like to share with you now.

About two years ago, I had a interview with a MNC food company called “au bon pain” for a audit department. Because this was my first formal interview, I did a lot of homework. I checked through the possible interview questions and prepared answers, while also researching the company’s background. I found the job website was quite useful for me during my preparation.
It took me a whole day to prepare myself. Even so, my voice was still shaking when the interview began. “Tell me about yourself in one minute. Give me an example of yourself as a team leader.” I answered these questions without hesitation because I already had them on my cheat sheet. Then the interviewer asked, “Why would you like to join our company?” I answered his question from both professional advantage and social responsibility of the company. He seemed to be satisfied with my performance so far.
“Great, now tell me about one of your biggest weakness.” I didn’t expect this question. I remembered clearly that it was among the questions list, but I unfortunately didn’t prepare for this one. “Err… I am a …” This is not an easy question, because these weaknesses may prevent the interviewer from hiring me. After a long pause, I decided to say what came to my mind first: “I am a quick person, when something isn’t done in time, I would get worried and try to finish it as soon as possible.”
Fail. When I finished this sentence, I realized that I had lost this opportunity. You may not get a job even if you provide many excellent answers, but you can definitely ruin it with only one weak response. After that interview I had a talk with my career coach and he said, “Take these interview questions seriously and prepare every one of them well. Only so you could know yourself as an interviewee. You may still encounter some questions that you never expected before. Don’t worry at this point; try to bring those answers you already know to prove that you are the person they are looking for.”

Rahul Chaturvedi
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Hi Rahul,
Read your first interview encounter, its really interesting. During my third interview I was asked similar question"What's your weakness?".To be true even I had not expected this question.
But it did not bother me much I replied"As such I do not have any weakness, could you exactly tell me what you want to know?"
The interviewer was taken aback as he had not expected my cross question,he replied asking me"What's the factor where you think you should work on yourself?"
It was tricky one I replied that"I am weak in numbers."To this he stated" Ok, so your mathematics is not that good"
To which I replied"Where did I told you that?I am bad at remembering the phone numbers."
Frankly I did not know why I told that, but it worked for me and I got selected.
I personally do not feel that you have to do hardcore preparation, till date I have given at-least 15 interviews in different companies and trust me they were all good reputed ones, for none of them I have done any consultation or taken any guidelines from any expertise only thing I had done was to study the background of the firm/company.
I am not against for those who take the expertise advise in fact it would certainly help the freshers but believing on oneself would certainly make you stand out of the box.
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