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Wednesday
Mar092011

Interview Questions: Keep the Focus on Your Accomplishments

"Tell me about an accomplishment at work that you are especially proud of."

It's not enough to talk about skills and abilities. Nor is it especially helpful to do into detail about your advanced degrees or academic achievements. The business world is interested in results. For this reason, an interviewer will want to know about the positive concrete results you've made happen in your working life.

How to answer: Be specific! Back your story up with numbers: dollars made or saved, sales figures, time saved through process improvements. Data is king. Anticipate these questions and make sure you have this information at your fingertips before you walk in the door.

Wednesday
Mar022011

Interview Questions: Know What to Expect and Be Prepared

Job interviews are stressful. Being ready with your answers to likely interview questions is a great way to prepare and stay cool and competent under fire.

Over the next few weeks, we'll take a look at some of the interview questions you will probably have to deal with and think about why an interviewer would be asking them.

First Up: Openers and General Questions

"So, tell me about yourself."

Of course, interviewers will have read through your resume and, if you networked your way into a conversation, they will have spoken to others about you. Still, it’s important for them to hear in person how you describe your experience, skills and talents.

After the small talk ("Glad you found us...how was the drive, etc.") the first real interview question is intended to give the interviewer a general impression of who you are as a person, and, just as important, how you see yourself.

How to answer: When you answer this question, include in your self-description something that you know from your research is likely to be of interest to the company.



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