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Tricky Interview Questions -- And Answers
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
Your next job interview -- will it be a torturous cross-examination or an effortless walk in the park?
It's really up to you.
Because if you prepare for the tough interview questions ahead of time, you'll likely do very well and actually enjoy the process.
To help you get ready for three typical (and tricky) questions, I talked to Carole Martin, an interview expert with 15 years of human resources management experience (www.interviewcoach.com).
The secret to success with this free-form question is to focus, script your answer and practice. Never try to "wing it."
What do you want the interviewer to remember most about you? List five strengths you have that are pertinent to this job -- experiences, traits, skills, etc.
"Practice your script until you feel confident. Your script will help you stay on track, but don't memorize it -- you'll sound stiff. Instead, aim for a natural and conversational tone," advises Martin.
"If you're an organized type of person, answering this question may be a piece of cake. If not, you'll need to give your answer some forethought."
The best answers will
come from you thinking about what you want. Most successful employers
believe that a key success factor is the ability to set and achieve goals.
So begin by setting short-term goals for yourself.
"No one can tell you exactly how to answer this question -- it will come from what is important to you. However, the more focused and employer-centered you are about your goal, the better your chances of steering the interview in the right direction," says Martin.
"Develop a sales statement. The more detail you give, the better. This is not a time to talk about what you want. It is a time to summarize your accomplishments and relate what makes you unique," advises Martin.
Start by looking at the job description or posting. What is the employer stressing as requirements of the job? What will it take to get the job done? Make a list of those requirements.
Next, do a personal inventory. Think of two or three key qualities you have that match what the employer is seeking. Don't underestimate personal traits that make you unique -- your energy, personality type, working style and people skills, for example.
"Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. Take some time to think about what sets you apart from others," advises Martin.
Best of luck to you!
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.