I know how an invitation to interview for that coveted job can quickly turn from unbridled joy to sickening dread. You worked so hard to get that phone call – created a career action plan, polished your resume, conducted a targeted and strategic job search, networked, followed-up – and now, the thought that all your effort rests on a single interview is down right frightening.
So, you start talking to yourself. Right? You start conducting interview simulations in your mind and answering questions you think they might ask. You picture yourself winning over the interviewers and imagine blowing them away with your confidence and expertise.
And this is exactly what you should do. But – are you asking yourself the right questions?
If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, or aren’t overly confident about the questions that will come your way, I have a great resource for you:
How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions
This is one of the best interview-question compilations I’ve seen. Not only does it tee-up questions you are sure to be asked, but it gives you strategies for answering questions you didn't predict.
When in doubt, remember that almost every question is a version of: Why should I hire you? Always frame your answer in a way that demonstrates your value as an employee.
A few more pointers:
Research the company before the interview: Review news releases, scour their website/LinkedIn, and speak with any connections you may have who work there. Know why you want to work at the company and how you can benefit the business.
Really looking to put your doubts to rest? Invest in some Interview Coaching!
Other questions? I’m always happy to share my expertise with job seekers – leave a comment or message me privately through my website (right here) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers and find rewarding, fulfilling jobs.
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