What If You Aced Your Next Interview?
The Interview Expert created What Top Professionals Need To Know About Answering Job Interview Questions to help you respond to typical job interview questions with confidence.
Use the questions as a starting point to prepare for your next job interview. They’ll provide you with a foundation for responding effectively and powerfully to the 12 most-asked questions. Preparing your responses will help you build a framework for thinking on your feet during interviews so that you can land the job you really want!
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This eBook guides you through your responses to some of the most difficult interview questions:
Chapter 1: Tell me about yourself.
The key to answering this question is to talk about the benefits you can bring to the hiring organization. Tell them exactly how you can help them solve their organization’s problems with your expertise.
Chapter 2: What are your salary expectations?
This is one of the key questions that interviewers ask. They need to know whether the company can afford you. So, it’s often used in telephone screening interviews to determine right away whether you are a viable candidate. You need to answer this question directly.
Chapter 3: What is your greatest weakness?
An interviewer asks this question to determine if you are forthright and honest about your flaws. They want to determine your level of self-awareness and what you’ve done about your weak areas. So, be honest and sincere with your response. Everyone has a weakness.
Chapter 4: Tell me about your strengths?
The key to responding to this question is to focus directly on the strengths that can meet the needs of the hiring organization. Talk about your key strengths that will help them efficiently and effectively solve their problems, the ones that matter most to them.
Chapter 5: Why did you leave or are planning to leave your last position?
The key to responding to this question is to keep the tone of your response upbeat and positive. Always avoid negative statements about a boss or co-worker, which would make you sound like you’re blaming others for your situation.
Chapter 6: Why has it taken you so long to find a job?
I find that this question doesn’t come up as frequently as it did in the past. But, it’s still important to prepare for it. Most people realize that it takes time to find a job, especially if you are seeking a mid-level to senior position. There are fewer senior roles in the marketplace so your search will naturally take longer. The key to answering this question is to explain exactly what you’ve been doing during your job search.
Chapter 7: What would a boss or co-worker say about you?
Most executive search consultants will try to get the most truthful answer by asking you for your boss/co-worker’s name first. They’ll use the name in a question to put you on the spot: If I called Bob Boss right after this interview, what would Bob say about you? The key is not to let this tactic fluster you. Prepare for the question in advance and practice your response. The interviewer may or may not call that person as a reference.
Chapter 8: Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or co-worker?
The interviewer wants to gauge your level of emotional intelligence. Conflict happens in most workplaces. They want to know what you do to manage conflict situations and restore broken relationships. They’ll ask you for specifics on how you resolved the situation so they can predict your behavior in similar circumstances.
Chapter 9: What do you know about our company?
Your response to this question is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the position and the organization. The interviewer typically asks this question towards the end of the interview.
Chapter 10: What are your goals?
The key to answering this question skillfully is to make your response general. Being too specific may lock you into goals that may not be realistic or possible with a particular organization.
Chapter 11: Why should we hire you?
This is a huge opportunity for you to reaffirm and re-emphasize the specific benefits you offer the hiring organization.
Chapter 12: Why do you want to work here?
This is a tricky question to answer because you need to remember to focus your response on the benefits to the hiring organization, not the benefits to you. Show them that you’ve done your research on their company by framing your response to highlight your fit with their core organizational values and how your expertise will help them solve their key problems and exploit their key opportunities.
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