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Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work for Us?

In our series on interview questions that you can expect, this is one that will come up in almost every interview. And, consider yourself fortunate: This interview question is one of the top ones to separate the people who are 100% interested in a positon from those who are just blindly interviewing. In fact, in […]

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Giving Answers the Interviewer Wants to Hear While Being True to Yourself

Have you heard the phrase “under promise and over deliver”? It’s an important one in business, because it asserts that you are not tooting your own horn in a way that’s overblown, but that you are able to do an even better job than you have advocated. And in almost every situation, it’s a valid […]

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How to Deal with an Interviewer Who Doesn’t Look Interested in Your Candidacy

Have you ever gone to an interview and gotten the feeling that an interviewer was dismissing you before you even started talking? It can feel frustrating and make you wonder why you bothered coming in, but there are several steps you can take to help salvage the interview. 1) Take a moment to regroup. Sometimes […]


Interview Question: Where Do You See Yourself in One Year?

In the not-too-distant past, this question used to be, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” But with the ever-evolving and quickly changing business environment in which we live today, the timeframe has often been shortened because most people realize that so much can happen in five years – entire industries can be born […]


Six Questions You Should Ask in an Interview

In a recent blog post, we covered questions you should not ask in an interview — the way that they were phrased indicated a lack of interest in the position. But most interviews will offer a time that the interviewer is expecting you to ask some questions – and you should! Here are examples of great […]

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5 Questions Not to Ask at an Interview

There you are, sitting in front of the interviewer for your dream job. You’ve dazzled her with thoughtful answers to all the expected interview questions and given some insightful reasons why you would be the perfect candidate. And then comes the question that most interviews use as a wrap up. Do you have any questions […]

Editor’s Note

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."