How to deal with interview questions

DO YOUR RESEARCH

You know the expression, “There are no stupid questions?” Well, when it comes to job interviews, that’s definitely not the case. For example, if you’re hoping to set a world record for the shortest job interview, asking “What does this company do?” is a good way to do it.

  • Everything that internet research can tell you about the company, its history and its products and services. That means looking at the employer’s website, social media accounts and most recent news stories.
  • What you’re interviewing for. Review the job description, and compare the requirements to your skills, work history and accomplishments. Then, match your skills to the description, looking for opportunities to show that you’re the best candidate for the job.
  • Anything you can find out about the interviewer. If you have their name and title, you can learn a lot just by looking at their LinkedIn page and/or doing a quick Google search. (But not too quick. If your interviewer has a common name, like John Smith or Latoya Johnson, you’ll want to be sure that you have the right one before you start name-dropping common connections.)

PUT YOURSELF IN THE INTERVIEWER’S SHOES

If you were interviewing candidates for this job, what would you want to hear from candidates during the meeting?

DO A PRACTICE INTERVIEW

It’s a good idea to review common interview questions before meeting with the hiring manager for the first time. An even better idea: asking a friend to conduct a practice interview, so that you can get the experience of answering these questions in real life.

Craft your story for the interview

Want to take your interviewing skills to the next level? Learn to tell a story about your accomplishments. Storytelling is more persuasive than a litany of achievements and shows that you’re a good communicator as well as a skilled worker.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY

In the olden days, dressing for job interviews was easy: you wore a suit, and that was it. Now, there’s a lot more room for variation inappropriate interview dress — and that’s not always good news for interviewees who are desperately trying to figure out what to wear.

PREPARE TO GET THERE EARLY

Find out where the business is located, and do a dry run of your commute to make sure that you’ve got the correct address. This will also help you prepare for any delays due to construction, blocked building entrances or other factors that you can’t predict by looking at directions online.

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