This is a job interview question that everyone dreads, but there’s really no reason to! This is not a question that you even necessarily need to customize for each interview. The point is to focus on something that doesn’t really have an impact on your ability to do this job — or any job. Stay […]
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The No. 1 mistake that people make when answering this question is that they focus on the strength they want to, rather than the one that is needed on the job. For example, if your biggest strength in your mind is your ability to work with other people but a more important requirement of the […]
Job hunting when you are already comfortably ensconced in a job is one thing. Desperately seeking employment after being laid off is quite another. The hardest part of job hunting in a situation like this is that it comes with an unfortunate – and false – stigma. That you were let go from your job […]
This question is a bit like “What parts of your previous job didn’t you like?” but with a different spin. We’ll take this one in two parts. If you are switching jobs, you want to follow much of the same advice for “what didn’t you like about your previous job?” In summary, you want to […]
Ah, the dream question that every job hunter hopes they are thrown! Here’s why: this is your chance to really sell yourself and let them know that you are the perfect person for the job. Because behind every interview is the fear that the interviewer will make a mistake and hire the wrong person, he […]
Of all of the typical interview questions, that one is the most controversial, because it’s one of the most poorly understood—but is among the most important ones. Many people get electrified by the question because they think the interviewer is ready to negotiate. That conclusion, however, is furthest from the truth. The interviewer merely wants […]
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You sent your application and are anxious to hear back from the employer. The phone rings. That's it, you've got the interview. What's next? You have come a long way, but the process is not over yet. Actually, you have been sheltered so far, but will now have to "perform live." What should you do?
Recognize that the finish line is close and that the competition has narrowed down. You're among the finalists. Will you stand up to the pressure? It is here that the good work methodology that you have followed so far will prove useful. If you have researched the organization and the industry, all you have to do now is refresh your memory and get ready to answer questions that go your way. Anticipate questions and practice out loud. Be ready to discuss your experience and qualifications. Be ready to make positive statements about how you can contribute to the employer. Be ready to give concrete examples.
There is no way for you to know what questions will be asked at the job interview, but that's not what "being ready" means. It doesn't mean to know what to expect. It means to be prepared for the unexpected. There is just so much you can do to prepare for the interview. Once you have done your part, lay back and put things in perspective. "Absorb" the information as opposed to memorizing it and be ready to discuss.
WorkAlpha's Interview Section is a collection of articles, each shedding a different perspective on the job interview process, to help you prepare for that crucial meeting. As you read through the material in this section, keep in mind that confidence is key when interviewing for a job. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody will. If you want the interviewer to think that you are the best fit for the job, you must first believe it yourself. Notice that we used the word "fit" as opposed to "qualified."