Category Archives: Job Interview Questions

Prepare for “How did you prepare for this interview” Job Interview Question

Kill the interview or boost your hiring prospects right here and now. Interviewers can tell when you haven’t prepared. That’s deadly for positions above entry-level.

It’s typically asked right after “Tell Me About Yourself”. Last post, I talked about how powerfully you can impact the interviewer’s perception of you as a candidate. With this question, the prospective employer continues to size you up.

Read on to deepen your understanding of the “how did you prepare for this interview” job interview question.

A Most Revealing Question: How Did You Prepare for this Interview?

Did you take this interview seriously? Do you prepare at all for important assignments? What does it look like when you really prepare?

Many applicants, particularly above the entry-level positions, have rehearsed answers for other questions. You might take this one lightly, guessing (wrongly) that there wouldn’t be much payoff if you you thoroughly “prepare for this interview”.

What Does The Employer Want/Need to Hear?

They want to know what you’ve learned about the company, even if they don’t specifically say that. Show them your findings that aren’t available just by looking at the company’s website or the first page of Google. The amount of effort you put in and the savvy that you demonstrate by your research approach convey much. Continue reading

Prepare for the “Tell Me About Yourself” Job Interview Question

Back up a great first impression with a solid answer to the first job interview question, “tell me about yourself”.  Meet the interviewer’s need for info your resume didn’t nail. Let them visualize you adding real value and fitting in the first morning!

 “Tell Me About Yourself” Is Not An Icebreaker!

For experienced interviewers, it is a very purposeful job interview question and your response matters to them and therefore to you.

Your response should be just as purposeful and strategic. Your resume gave the interviewer a positive but vague view of your potential. Now she needs clarity and still has some doubts.

Anticipate her questions,  resolve them now, then take a deep breath. Continue reading

Prepare for 50 Job Interview Questions

Prepare for 50 Job Interview Questions

Prepare for 50 Job Interview Questions

Prepare for 50 job interview questions that are commonly asked, instead of “winging  it” and hoping for the best. Doing the hard work of preparing well-crafted responses for the most likely questions,  makes sure that the you and the employer exchange the information that each needs to make the decision that is right for both. 

To see all 50 questions, I invite you to check out the Slideshare presentation below. While you are there, take a look at the first of a series of 50 presentations that will explore in-depth how to be ready to deliver a great answer.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog before you go, to make sure you don’t miss a one!

Check out the 50 Job Interview Questions presentations on Slideshare!

 

I hope you like the format and enjoy the visuals They may even help you remember the questions and your answers.

Need Help to Prepare for 50 Job Interview Questions? Watch this space.

Knowing the questions you can expect is just the start. To really handle them well takes lots of thought and careful preparation.

Over the next few months, I’ll add individual presentations with guidance for each of the 50 questions. Here are the first:

1. Prepare for the “Tell me about yourself” Job Interview Question

2. Prepare for the “How did you prepare for this interview” Job Interview Question

 

Use the Subscribe button at the right to make sure you don’t miss any of these valuable presentations!

Now a short note on how the slideshare presentations were created, using a new app for the iPad.

Create Stunning Presentations easily with the Haiku Deck app for iPad

I decided to put this together after using Haiku Deck to create several other presentations and enjoying the distinctive approach that the app brings to presentations. It’s a new (to me)  app for the iPad that makes creating visually appealing presentations a joy rather than a drudgery. Forget about looking all over the internet for relevant photographs. Just choose from one of a hundred or so that  they suggest to you, based on your key word. And you don’t need to concern yourself with permission to use the photos. Haiku have taken care of that.

if you don’t have an iPad, a web version is now available.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici  / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Prepare for the why you chose this career job interview question

“So tell me why you chose this career.”

The interviewer might just be putting you at ease, or they could genuinely be mystified. If you are changing career, expect the question and be ready for it.

Why on earth did Julia Roberts marry Lyle Lovett? There’s probably a wonderful reason, but that won’t stop you from wondering every time you think about it.

Why on earth did they hire you? And why did you ever pick this field? The interviewer is meeting you in person for the first time and they really want to know that other people in the company won’t have the same mystified look. Part of your agenda in the job interview is to help them stop worrying.

“Why You Chose This Career” is more than a conversation starter

Ideally, your answer reassures the interviewer, leads to a very lovely bit of conversation

Why You Chose this career

Why Did You Choose This career?

between you and sets you at ease. But if you don’t handle it very well, neither of you is at ease.

If the question seems to catch you off guard, that’s not a good sign. After all, they expect an applicant in the middle of a career change to welcome the question. If you are enthusiastic about your answer, maybe it was your own decision.

Simply, if you can’t give a 45 to 60 second answer that makes some sense and demonstrates some enthusiasm for why you chose this career, you have raised the Lyle Lovett worry.

When you aren’t ready for the question, you might just blurt out the truth!

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Prepare for the Difficult Person Job Interview Question

I never met a man I didn’t like. Will Rogers

Inquiring employers want to know. How do you handle difficult people in the workplace? You can’t get away with a nice story about an annoying boss and now you work together in uninterrupted harmony.

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Can You Handle this Difficult Person?

Forget about claiming that you have never met a difficult person unless your name is Will Rogers. The interviewer knows exactly what difficult person you will encounter your first week.

Last post, I laid down some background on why some people find you difficult and that other guy really grates on you. Given your temperament, entirely predictable. Now we can build on that foundation to accomplish two objectives.

First. we want to effectively relate to difficult people. Second, we want to communicate those skills to a prospective employer in a way that reassures them.

That is one of my consistent themes in this blog and my other material. I don’t just want to convince the employer that I can handle difficult people by offering one isolated, contrived story.

I want to be effective because I have learned how to respond to difficult people in a way that prevents any conflict from sabotaging my success and the organizations interests.

Then as I continue to do so mindfully, I accumulate a repertoire of relevant stories that I can tell very naturally.

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