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Tough Interview Questions & The Answers That Will Impress Potential Employers

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An interview should be the most exciting part of your job search. It’s your chance to learn more about a job opportunity and prove your fit to the hiring manager. But many job seekers are the most ...

An interview should be the most exciting part of your job search. It’s your chance to learn more about a job opportunity and prove your fit to the hiring manager. But many job seekers are the most nervous and unsure about this part of the hiring process. Not sure how to answer tough interview questions? Need guidance on what employers are looking for?

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    • Tough Interview Questions & The Answers That Will Impress Potential Employers Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com
    • Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com
    • Introduction• If you’ve made it to the interview round during your job search, congratulate yourself! The hiring manager obviously thinks you could be a good fit for the position and wants to learn more about you.• Now you’ll need to prepare for any tough interview questions you may encounter – and determine how you’ll answer those questions. Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 3
    • What We’ll Discuss Today• The toughest interview questions hiring managers ask & how to answer them – What are your weaknesses? – Why did you leave your last job? – Tell me about yourself – Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had – Why should I hire you? – Give me an example of a time when… – Where do you see yourself in five years?• Interview do’s and don’ts Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 4
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “What are your weaknesses?” – No “correct” answer – Don’t share weaknesses related to the job at hand – Take a weakness and put a positive spin on it – Tell the employer how you’re improving upon it – Don’t give a strength disguised as a weakness (for example, “I am a perfectionist.”) Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 5
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Why did you leave your last job?” – Employers want to see if you’ll talk badly about your former employer – Don’t give into the temptation! – Even if you left for negative reasons, an interview is not the proper place to share dirt about your last employer – Stay professional – Great answer: “The cultural fit wasn’t right for me at that organization. This company would be much better because of [something in the culture you’ve researched].” Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 6
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Tell me about yourself.” – Keep your answer concise but comprehensive – A prepared elevator speech (30- to 60-second pitch about yourself) is a great tool to use for answering this question – Talk about accomplishments, traits, education and experience – Resist the urge to drone on and on – the interviewer will be asking more questions • No need to share your life story! Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 7
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.” – Again, resist the temptation to divulge dirt on past experiences – Don’t vent frustrations – Great answer: “I’ve had all types of bosses, and some were much better than others at managing and communication.” • It’s broad enough so you don’t come across as unprofessional, but still answers the question Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 8
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Why should I hire you?” – To answer this question, you need to have a strong handle on your fit at the organization—which requires some research – Perhaps you see that the organization lacks a clear marketing strategy, something you have experience in creating and implementing – Depending on what you find and your unique selling points, answer confidently and show the hiring manager how you will benefit the organization if they hire you – Talk about past accomplishments – Make them want to hire you Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 9
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Give me an example of a time when you had to [work in a team, think on your feet, work with a difficult client, etc.]…” – This is where the accomplishment stories in your cover letter and resume can come in handy – The worst thing you can do when asked to give an example of something is to panic and fail to come up with one – Come prepared with several stories that you can share about past experiences to show that you are capable in a variety of situations Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 10
    • Tough Interview Questions & Great Answers • “Where do you see yourself in five years?” – Show that you’ve thought about sticking around the company and possibly moving up in the organization • But don’t say you see yourself in your interviewer’s position! – Discuss how your skills and traits can help you excel at the current position and benefit the company in the future – Don’t share anything too personal, such as plans to start a family or travel the world, which could take you out of the running for the job Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 11
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DO show up on time or five minutes early – Drive to the building beforehand to (1) determine how much time you’ll need to get there and (2) ensure you know where it is• DON’T arrive late or too early – Your first impression is an important one – The interviewer might feel awkward if you’re sitting around waiting for too long – … and they’ll likely be annoyed if you’re late • They’re probably interviewing other candidates and on a tight schedule Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 12
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DON’T forget about your body language – Here are several examples of body language don’ts (from CareerBuilder.com): • Rub the back of your head or neck. Even if you really do just have a cramp in your neck, these gestures make you look disinterested. • Sit with your arms folded across your chest. Youll appear unfriendly and disengaged. • Cross your legs and idly shake one over the other. Its distracting and shows how uncomfortable you are. • Lean your body towards the door. Youll appear ready to make a mad dash for the door. Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 13
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DON’T forget about your body language – Body language do’s (from CareerBuilder.com): • Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. • Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. Nod and make positive gestures in moderation to avoid looking like a bobblehead. • Establish a comfortable amount of personal space between you and the interviewer. Invading personal space (anything closer than 20 inches) could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and take the focus away from your conversation. Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 14
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DO be courteous and respectful of every employee at the organization – You make your first impression at the receptionist or secretary – Make it a positive one!• DO bring extra resumes and/or your portfolio to the interview – The hiring manager might not have a copy in front of them or it could get lost in the shuffle – Your portfolio is a great tool to use to share examples of past work Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 15
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DO give detailed examples along with your answers – Use accomplishment stories, past work assignments and projects and workplace situations to explain your point• DON’T answer questions in one word – A simple “yes” or “no” often isn’t enough explanation• DON’T inquire about salary/benefits/vacation/ etc. – There’s an appropriate time and place for this—and it’s not during your initial interview Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 16
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DO ask for the interviewer’s business card and hand them one of your own – This ensures you have the proper spelling of their name, their email address and telephone number• DO be honest and be yourself – Don’t exaggerate or lie during the interview – The hiring manager will likely find out and you’ll diminish your chances at landing the job Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 17
    • Interview Do’s & Don’ts• DO ask great questions – It shows your interest in the organization – It conveys passion about the opening• DO close the interview telling the interviewer(s) you want the job and asking about next steps – This helps to determine when you should follow-up and gives you a general sense of the timeline for the opening• DO write a thank you card after to the interview – Genuinely thank the employer for their time – Reiterate things you spoke about during the interview Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 18
    • Leveraging Your Personal Network• Ask for recommendations or introductions – Have personal network connections contribute to your recommendations on various sites, write positive things about you on your Wall, or introduce you to someone they know in your field• Inquire about job shadow or informational interview opportunities – See if you can set up a time to learn more about a contact’s job or industry• Set up in-person get-togethers via Facebook – Go out for lunch or coffee with a friend to strengthen your relationship Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 19
    • Thank you! For more tips: blog.cachinko.com Join us for our next job seeker webinar on:July 27, 2011: How Your Friends Can Help You Job Search Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com