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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Beware: this can be a trick question that can paint you in a bad light depending on your answer. It’s critical that you not come across as a complainer, or someone who dislikes the normal parts of any job. Here are some examples of things you don’t want to say: “I didn’t care for the […]
Sometimes it can be easy to psyche yourself out that this is a trick question, but it’s really not. Usually your interviewer is just trying to get a sense for whether you will fit in with the vibe at their office. So that’s what to keep in mind as you answer the question. You should […]
This is a very tricky question because many job seekers interpret it as a reason to recite a long winded history about themselves, from start to finish. This question will be asked, so there’s no reason not to be 100% prepared for it. In fact, this is one to practice over and over to keep […]
Always be ready with a few good questions to ask at the job interview. Strategic questions are helpful for a number of reasons: They keep the conversation going and help eliminate any awkwardness during your interview, thereby ensuring a smooth exchange. Questions help take the pressure off the interviewer, which they will greatly appreciate. Asking questions […]
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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."