Monday, December 29, 2014

General Guidelines in Answering Interview Questions




Everyone is nervous on interviews. If you simply allow yourself to feel
nervous, you'll do much better. Remember also that it's difficult for
the interviewer as well.

In general, be upbeat and positive. Never be negative.

Rehearse your answers and time them. Never talk for more than 2 minutes straight.

Don't
try to memorize answers word for word. Use the answers shown here as a
guide only, and don't be afraid to include your own thoughts and words.
To help you remember key concepts, jot down and review a few key words
for each answer. Rehearse your answers frequently, and they will come to
you naturally in interviews.

As you will read in the
accompanying report, the single most important strategy in interviewing,
as in all phases of your job search, is what we call: "The Greatest
Executive Job Finding Secret." And that is...

Find out what people want, than show them how you can help them get it.

Find out what an employer wants most in his or her ideal candidate, then show how you meet those qualifications.

In other words, you must match your abilities, with the needs of the employer. You must sell what the buyer is buying.
To do that, before you know what to emphasize in your answers, you must
find out what the buyer is buying... what he is looking for. And the
best way to do that is to ask a few questions yourself.

You will
see how to bring this off skillfully as you read the first two questions
of this report. But regardless of how you accomplish it, you must
remember this strategy above all: before blurting out your
qualifications, you must get some idea of what the employer wants most.
Once you know what he wants, you can then present your qualifications as
the perfect “key” that fits the “lock” of that position.

Other important interview strategies:

  • Turn weaknesses into strengths (You'll see how to do this in a few moments.)
  • Think before you answer. A pause to collect your thoughts is a hallmark of a thoughtful person.

As
a daily exercise, practice being more optimistic. For example, try
putting a positive spin on events and situations you would normally
regard as negative. This is not meant to turn you into a Pollyanna, but
to sharpen your selling skills. The best salespeople, as well as the
best liked interview candidates, come off as being naturally optimistic,
"can do" people. You will dramatically raise your level of
attractiveness by daily practicing to be more optimistic.

Be honest...never lie.

Keep
an interview diary. Right after each interview note what you did right,
what could have gone a little better, and what steps you should take
next with this contact. Then take those steps. Don't be like the 95% of
humanity who say they will follow up on something, but never do.


About the 64 questions...

You
might feel that the answers to the following questions are “canned”,
and that they will seldom match up with the exact way you are asked the
questions in actual interviews. The questions and answers are designed
to be as specific and realistic as possible. But no preparation can
anticipate thousands of possible variations on these questions. What's
important is that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with the main
strategies behind each answer. And it will be invaluable to you if you
commit to memory a few key words that let you instantly call to mind
your best answer to the various questions. If you do this, and follow
the principles of successful interviewing presented here, you're going
to do very well.
Good luck...and good job-hunting!


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