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What are your best techniques when responding to an interviewer?

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Question: "How do I ask and answer questions at an interview?" - Lydia

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Steve Counts September 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Having interviewed a number of people in various managment roles I remember how difficult it is to interview someone. Unless you interview every week preparing to interview a job candidate is not easy.

As an interviewer you want to make a good impression. I am sharing this to suggest that as Ruth mentioned, it is a two way street. Instead of coming up with the ‘power’ question or answer, relax and realize that getting a job is not the goal.

Having a genuine conversation about your skills and talents and learning if the position is a good fit for them can be a win/win option.


Frida August 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

What I bet would really help is if you sit down and come up with one killer reason why you more than anyone else should get THIS particular job. If you can come up with that one line, it’ll stick in their mind and everything else won’t seem so critical. Make it good!


Tom Freemore August 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

I’ve found that the more questions I ask about the company itself, the more impressed the interviewer seems that I care, and the less nervous and defensive I feel.


Ruth August 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

1 – Remember that you don’t have to start speaking the moment the interview finishes a question. Take a couple of seconds to gather your thoughts, breath, and speak. Think – breath – speak.
2 – Check out this article by Forbes: How To Ace The 50 Most Common Interview Questions. The questions are helpful – so are the tips about how to prepare for the interview. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/01/11/how-to-ace-the-50-most-common-interview-questions/
3 – Remember that an interview is a two-way street. The hiring manger is interviewing you, certainly, but you are also interviewing him or her! This is your opportunity to find out about that person’s management style, his/her particular needs, the corporate culture and work environment, and more. The interviewer is deciding if you are the bet candidate for the position; you need to find out if the company and your potential manager is the best fit for you.


Tom Freemore August 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

I really like #1 here–if you can make sure to take a quick second to compose yourself and answer without a bunch of “Well”s and “Um”s, you wind up giving a response you’re much happier with!


Laura August 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Ask where do they see this company going in the next 5 years? What do they consider to be areas of success in their business and what are the areas that could be improved? Be prepared for the questions from them like – tell me about a time that you handled conflict successfully? What are your strengths, weaknesses? Be confident and sit straight up. Good luck.


Lisa - !! August 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Open your mouth and start talking using the language that the interviewer speaks.


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