Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to Best Navigate Challenging Interview Questions

As a job seeker, you should be prepared to answer a variety of questions…especially the most challenging ones. Interviewers are not necessarily looking to trap you, but they are trying to assess how you handle yourself in unstructured situations.  They want to know how self-aware you are, how honest, and how well you might fit into the company culture.

Take some tips from interviewing skills training professionals on the best way to answer the following questions:
  • How do you think your former colleagues would describe you? Be ready with the feedback you received on your previous position. Did your teammates appreciate your reliability? Did you get kudos for being easy to work with? Did your co-workers come to you for your ability to solve problems? Be prepared with specific examples and be truthful.
  • What is your ideal position? Whatever your ultimate dream job may be, you need to talk about the job you’re seeking as the one you consider ideal for now. Describe why you like the company and specifically how you hope to contribute to the team in a way that aligns with their organizational culture.

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