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    7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer [Webinar Slides] 7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer [Webinar Slides] Presentation Transcript

    • 7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer Laura Smith-Proulx CCMC, CPRW, CIC,TCCS, CPBA, COPNS Executive Résumé Writer – LinkedIn Expert Job Search Coach – Former Recruiter An Expert Resume www.AnExpertResume.com
    • 7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to AnswerInterview preparation is critical… but you will NOT need to memorize each answer Focus on your top 3-5 areas of strength as “brand themes” Be ready with success stories (also called “power” or “C- A-R” stories) Write brief notes on your stories, put in a short notepad, and bring it to your interview Expect the interview to be a 2-way street @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • 7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to AnswerTell me about yourselfWhat interests you in this job (or our company)?Tell me about a time when…Why did you leave your last job?What would you do if…?What color (animal, tree, etc.) would you be, and why?Why should we hire you? @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Tell Me About YourselfWhat the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:Who are you Primarily your careerprofessionally? history (NOT yourDes your background fit personal life!)our needs? A bit of personality andWill you be able to deliver your interests, but relatedresults for us right away, or to your careerwill we need to invest in An overview of youryou? success stories @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Tell Me About YourselfThis is THE question you’ll want to be ready for, sincenearly every interviewer will use itRehearse often! Consider how you’re going to frame yourexperienceRemember that the tie-in to the employer’s needs is critical @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Interests You in Our Company (Or in This Job)? What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on: Do you know what we do? What your research has Have you researched our revealed about the background? company What problems do you Any market insights you think you can solve for us? have into their situation How you believe your work will make a difference @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Interests You About Our Company?Do your homework! With so much data online, there’s no excusefor not checking the company out. They’ll know if you skippedthis stepUse LinkedIn, Zoominfo.com, Facebook, Twitter, annual reports,or Google to get company informationCheck out Glassdoor.com or online industry reports (Google forterms such as “mining industry challenges” to get a feel for thecompany’s needs) @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Tell Me About a Time When…What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:How you solve business Success or power stories,problems broken into C-A-RWhether you can handle (Challenge, Action, Result)the specific challenges of formatthis job Detailed examples thatCan you think on your fee show your ability to meetand meet our particular the company’s specific jobchallenges? requirements @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Tell Me About a Time When…Select 4-6 top stories from your career that demonstrate howyou would work well in this company – try to relate yourexperience back to the job requirements!Practice the stories to boil them down – aim for 1 or 2minutes per storyRemember that the interviewer is looking for how you tackleproblems, and that the outcome should be tied to what youwant to do with your careerTie a “bow” on each story @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:Do your past employers value Any “sticky” situations thatyour work? If not, what happened in previous jobshappened?Are you planning to stay with Reasonable explanationsus for a considerable length for being let goof time? Areas of new focus in yourDoes your personality or careerwork style cause problems? @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?The more uncomfortable this question makes you, the moreyou need to practiceRealize that the interviewer is NOT asking this question withemotion – so don’t answer it with emotionLayoffs, RIFs, downsizing, and gaps in employment are allcommon in today’s job market – just be ready to explain whathappenedBe aware that the interviewer is trying find a great candidate andcontributor – not necessarily trying to “trap” youTry to tie a “bow” on this answer, if applicable @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Would You Do If…?What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:What is your reaction, Thinking through the(emotional, logical, calm, question, with a reasonableangry, etc.) to conflicts and answer that is supported byproblems? your success or C-A-R storiesWhat thought process or How you can demonstratemethodology do you use to your problem-solving stylesolve issues? and effectiveness @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Would You Do If…?Ask for a moment to think through the question,rather than just blurting out the first thing that comes tomindLook at your C-A-R notes to see if one of your stories alignswith what you are being askedTry to tie your answer back to what is going on at thecompany right now (use your notes from other parts of theinterview) @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Color Would You Be? What Kind of Tree Would You Be?What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:How do I know if you’re Whether the interviewer isthe right candidate for this uncertain of your fit in thejob? companyHow do you respond to Ways to reassure thesituations that seem silly or interviewer that you areoff-topic? the right person for the job The facts! @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • What Color Would You Be? What Kind of Tree Would You Be?Remember that not every interviewer has hadtraining in interviewingDecide whether you want to play along, but explain youranswerSkip over the question with “If you’re really asking how Icould tackle your department’s challenges, I’d rather speak tothat.”) @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Why Should We Hire You?What the interviewer is What you’ll want to focus really asking: on:Can you make my job What you bring to theeasier by telling me why table that others in youryou’re the best candidate? field might lackI have 5 other candidates to Ways to articulate yourinterview – what makes value to this company, atyou a better fit? this point in time! @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • Why Should We Hire You?Visualize that competitor interviewing in the nextconference room – this helps to fire up your competitivespirit and overcome nervesHere’s where your success stories come in handy – theyprovide proof of what you can deliverBe sure to keep your answer in line with what the companyneeds – not just your own interests @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume
    • 7 Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer – Recap & Questions Tell me about yourself What interests you in this job (or our company)? Tell me about a time when… Why did you leave your last job? What would you do if…? What color (animal, tree, etc.) would you be, and why? Why should we hire you? @ Copyright 2011, Laura Smith-Proulx - An Expert Resume