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Everybody Loves Job Interview Questions...Really?
October 14, 2014

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Date October 14, 2014!!

Issue #66

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Hello!

Everybody Loves Job Interview Questions...Really?

The ongoing saga of the job interview cat and mouse game goes on. If you find yourself back in the job market after several years a refresh on how to respond to job interview questions is a must. One of the things I always hated about the questions an interviewer asked was "canned" nature of the question.

"Where do see yourself in five years?"
"What are your goals?"
"What are your strengths?"
"What are your weaknesses?"

One of the problems with these types of interview questions exposes the interviewer being clueless as to the "why" of them.

So I've selected 5 interview questions that many employers are using more often to screen job applicants. Let's take a look at them and reveal the reasons why they get asked.

Tell me about your work style?

Huh!! Think about getting hit with this question. What does he mean by "work style"? I believe many employers deliberately seek to "trip up" or "trick" career seekers with this question to get additional information they didn't asked for. That's because most interviewees don't perceive what the interviewer is REALLY asking.

Some applicants respond with things like...

"I'm very laid back"
"I like a business casual dress"

...neither is the answer to what a competent interviewer is asking. The first answer is related to your personalty. The second is associated with dress code policy. Work style is relevant to the work itself. The question in essence is how will your way of performing tasks blend with the actual job functions? Can I perform tasks quickly and efficiently? Am I able to complete multiple tasks simultaneously?

Are you better working alone or in a team?

Personally, I have always preferred and been comfortable working alone or with minimal supervision. However, I have likewise been adaptable to a team environment. Thus, I believe employers are really seeking employees that are comfortable with both.

Have you had problems working with your manager?

There are bad bosses just like there are bad employees. However, the real question behind this question is are YOU difficult to work with. Don't respond with a rant about the negative personality or incompetent supervisory skills of a previous manager. A preferable answer would be "I've learned to grow and evolve with any workplace culture".

How would you handle a difficult customer or client?

Let's keep it real. The customer is NOT ALWAYS right. However, that's really not the point. The question is how to deal with the individual allowing them to believe they are right even when they clearly aren't. My personal attitude has always and will continue to be no one should tolerate verbal and certainly any physical abuse in the workplace from anyone!

That said when engaging that type of customer the first thing to do is STAY CALM! The next thing to do is STAY CALM! When someone insists on screaming at you, cutting you off when trying to communicate what do you do? I'm going get others involved. Such as a supervisor or decision maker to witness and validate the course of action required for resolution.

Tell me about yourself?

This question is taken out of context a lot. The interviewer is not asking about your personal life or preferences. So responding with things like, "I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan" (which I am, long suffering), "I love Chinese food" or "I really enjoy fishing". The employer is wanting to know why you believe you are right for the position. Talk about things like qualifications, past work experiences related to the the current position.

Based on your lack of experience why should we hire you?

Many job applicants are intimidated by this question because they can't defend their lack of "experience". However, I believe this is a excellent way to show the employers lack of "experience". For example, I'd respond by asking the question, "We all started with little or no experience didn't we?" The interviewer can't help but agree because she was given an opportunity with little or no experience.

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Until next time, watching Your Basic Employee Rights back ;0)

Yancey

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