Here’s the bad news: You might be ruining your chances of landing the job after the first or second question because you’re not recognizing what the interviewer is actually asking. Here are a few common questions and how to answer.
“Tell me about yourself.”
Ah yes, the common first question that helps to break the ice, establish comfort and build trust, but there’s more to the question than you think. The interviewer is listening to how you communicate. Are you well spoken? Are you confident? Are you somebody that has the poise to speak on behalf of the company?
Don’t tell your life story. Hit some highlights that apply to the job.
“What do you know about us?”
This is a test of your initiative and your “go the extra mile” mentality. If you didn’t research the company before the interview, don’t expect to get the job. The interviewer wants to know that you’ll meet with clients and arrive at meetings armed with the information you need to be effective.
“What is your greatest strength?”
A classic, “what sets you apart” question, be careful how you answer. First, it asks for a single strength but more important, the interviewer doesn’t want to hear that you’re good with people or you have a can-do attitude.
Get away from the clichés and give an example. If you’re a “problem-solver” tell a short story of how you implemented change in your last position. The key to a great answer with this question is to be unique and practical.
By Tim Parker
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