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- 1. Theres More to Successful Interviewing than Answering Interview Questions! Many popular books on the subject of interviewing focus almost entirely on how to answer interview questions. While knowing how to answer questions is important, with increased competition for the best jobs, its simply not enough. You must take a holistic approach to interviewing if you want to stand out from the competition. The First Step to a Successful Job Interview is Research. Once you are notified that youve been selected to be interviewed, thats when the hard work begins. The key to being ready to face the interview battle is preparation. And research is an important part of good preparation. This guide provides detailed instructions and resources for:
2. Researching the position Researching the company Researching the interviewer(s) Heres a Free Peek: There are numerous resources available for performing pre-interview research. However, to get the most relevant information in the shortest amount of time, there are three places you should go. The first place you should visit is the companys web site. (Everybody does that) But there are two additional places serious job seekers go to get inside information on the position, the company, & the interviewers. Im talking employee feedback, company gossip, salary data, and interviewer backgrounds and resumes. Get access to these insider research portals with this instant download. As the former head of recruiting for 2 major U.S. companies, Ive seen how unfair the corporate recruiting system can belike how we asked trick interview questions, how we ruled out candidates based on how they were dressed, and how we chose candidates who lied during the interview over honest job seekers. 3. Theres a Secret to Answering Interview Questions Anticipate Questions Ahead of Time and Write Out Detailed Answers Using Stories From Your Past!!! ... (See Sample Interview Questions & Answers Below) There are many books written on the subject of answering interview questions. But what Ive discovered is that every company uses a variation of the same 25 interview questions when interviewing job candidates. So when you see interview guides that say The 300 Most Popular Job Interview Questions or 167 Job Interview Questions Every Candidate Should Know How To Answer, do not fall for it. These guides are trying to impress you with how many questions the author could compile. Think about itis anyone really going to ask you..If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be? Highly unlikely. 4. A Formula for Answering Each of These Questions and More is Provided in this Guide. Youll Have the Perfect Answer to Each question! In todays environment, the most successful job candidates understand how to take charge of an interview, are master storytellers, can lie with a straight face, and ask great questions. Unfortunately, the only people who are usually privy to these proven techniques are those fortunate enough to afford expensive interview coaches or interview prep services. (With this instant download, youll be privy.) Each of the 25 questions posed in this guide ends with a discussion of the best strategy for formulating your answers in order to achieve maximum effect. (Dont waste your time with the 167 interview question nonsense.) Serious job seekers should take the time to write out answers to each of the 25 questions and then practice saying the answers out loud until they roll off the tongue. Once you do this you will be ultra-confident and super-prepared to speak professionally about your background and experience in your next job interview. 5. Sample Questions and Answers Q. Why are you currently looking for a new opportunity? How to Answer: Never talk negative about your old company. Compliment your previous company if possible. Then, put a positive spin on why youre leaving such as looking for more growth. If you were fired or laid-off, find a way to soften the blow when explaining this to interviewers. In fact I would not advise that you say I was fired. Instead say something like, there were things I wasnt happy with at my previous company and so instead of complaining about things that I couldnt necessarily change or control, I decided to look for other opportunities. 6. Q. What would your old boss say about you? How to Answer: A simple but effective way to answer this question is to say that your boss would say that you were a valued asset to the company. Be careful not to be too braggadocious. Arrogance wont get you hired. Q. How do you deal with conflict? Give me an example. How to Answer: This question may also be asked Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person. Describe a time when you were confronted with a dicey situation involving a manager, coworker, or customerand how you managed through it. Ensure that your answer shows that you were calm and under control in dealing with the situation and that you took a professional approach to resolving the issue. 7. Q. Tell me about a time when youve made a customer really happy. What was his or her name? How to Answer: Talk about a time when you did something that really pleased a customer. Be sure to talk about something you did professionally. Do not talk about a gift you gave them or a lunch you treated them to. Talk about a job specific action you took that pleased either an internal or external customer...such as getting them the product they ordered early or delivering something on the weekend during your off hours. Be prepared to give the name and title of the individual. 8. Q. Whats your greatest strength? How to Answer: The answer to this question should change depending on the position youre interviewing for. If youre interviewing to be a manager or supervisor, your strength should be something like: Im a great motivator or Im a great leader. If youre interviewing to be a Sales Professional, your strength should be that youre great at building relationships, great at persuasion or that youre a great listener. If youre interviewing to be an Engineer, your strength should be that youre great at design and technical project management. If youre interviewing for a Finance position, your strength should be that you are very advanced in Microsoft Excel or that youre a numbers wiz, etc. A great generic but powerful answer to this question is: My greatest strength is that I have great follow-up skills. Follow up skills are very important in almost any job or position. This is a great choice if you are having difficulty coming up with what to use for your strength. 9. Q. Tell me about a time when youve failed. How to Answer: Do not answer this question by saying, Ive never failed. Instead, discuss a time when something you worked on professionally either individually or as part of a team, did not turn out as planned. Tread lightly with this answer. Your failure should not illustrate that you were incompetent or did a poor job. Choose a mild failure if possiblepreferably one where there were mitigating circumstances that could not be avoided. Be sure to mention what you learned from the failure.