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Miscellaneous tips


Here's one of the most important tips for interviews -- maintain eye contact when speaking to or listening to the interviewer. If you don't, you'll look disinterested. And that one fact may be enough to spoil your chances for building a career with that company.

Here are some body language tips for job interviews.

  • Remain relaxed and calm. Avoid fidgeting in your seat, because that shows low confidence.
  • Biting your lips is often interpreted as a sign that you're unsure of what you're saying. Avoid it.
  • Be aware of your hand gestures and don't use your hands to make a point. It distracts and conveys a negative impression.
  • Use an open posture -- don't sit with your hands crossed or your legs crossed.
  • Shrugging your shoulders in response to a question is always a no-no. If you're unsure of what to say, take a few seconds to think of a response.
  • Nodding or shaking your head does not constitute an answer to a question. Use verbal replies.
  • Avoid yawning in front of the interviewer. Get enough sleep the previous night. Be fresh and alert at meetings.


Samples of job interview questions -
get a head start on the competition

Here are samples of job interview questions commonly asked by interviewers. Some are quite open ended and give the employer an insight into the kind of person you are. It's important to be aware of these job interview questions and to prepare good responses.

In fact, "be prepared" is one of the best tips for interviews there is. There's no substitute for doing some research and thinking through answers to interview questions. That'll stand you in good stead at the interview, differentiate yourself from all other candidates being interviewed and help land a job offer from that employer.

The biggest benefit of being prepared is that you'll be very confident when answering any question. And the confidence you radiate is an important factor in a successful job hunt.

Let's get right down to the interview questions.

* Tell me about yourself. (Most people dread this question from the interviewer. You'll learn to love it -- especially after you read more about how to answer this question when being interviewed, which info is at the foregoing link.)
* What's your biggest accomplishment so far? (Be ready with a specific example for this interview question.)

* Why should I hire you? (Good question. Tip - it's a great opportunity for you.)
* How do you handle a job that's very stressful?
* Why do you think you will fit in with the company culture? (Research the company, the position you're applying for, etc before the interviews.)
* How do you define success? Are you now successful?
* Why do you want a job here instead of with our competitor, XYZ Inc?
* Do you work better on your own or as part of a team?
* How do you handle it if your boss criticizes you about your work?
* Have you ever lost your job? Why?
* What will you do if you have a serious difference of opinion with your immediate superior?
* What have you accomplished in the last five years?

Consider these questions and possible answers seriously for your interviews. Preparing your answers is what will distinguish you from other candidates and get you the job offer.

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Effective answers to tough interviewing questions

Let's look at some good answers to tough interviewing questions. Follow these ideas and you'll be much better prepared than most interviewees. Also, do review this list of common job interview questions.

Here's a tough opener question: "So tell me something about yourself." Many interviewees struggle to come up with a good answer to this interview question.

First off, remember you need to prepare a good answer in advance. In most cases, you'll do far better if you're ready with an answer for this interview question than otherwise. The interviewer is trying to find out about how you organize your thinking, what you focus on and how well you articulate your thoughts when you answer.

Secondly, keep your answer concise. This open ended question is not an invitation to ramble on. You don't need to say everything there is to say about you. Just highlight a few key points in your answer.

Talk more about professional accomplishments rather than personal topics. Don't start with "I was born in...", or "I'm single..." Unless you think such information may give you a distinct advantage in interviews, of course.

Here's what you can mention in answering the question at interviews.

  • Convey your enthusiasm for being at the interview. (If you haven't already said this when you first meet the interviewer.)
  • Your current professional situation. What you do, plus one or two key accomplishments.
  • Briefly touch upon two to four strongest points or assets you have from a professional standpoint.

Here's an example of how you might answer this tough job interview question.

"Well, first of all, I'm pleased to be here meeting you because I've long been an admirer of your company and of the work you personally have done. I believe I have what you're looking for. I'm currently working with ABC Corporation where I head the accounts team. I have 8 years experience in accounts and internal audit with two Fortune 500 companies. In my performance appraisals, my bosses have remarked that I'm an effective manager and a good problem solver and that I have an excellent ability to create and implement office procedures and systems. I'd be happy to elaborate on any of these, if you'd like me to."

Not such a tough interviewing question to answer after all, is it?

Here's another tough question asked at job interviews: "What are your weaknesses?" It's another question interviewees cringe at.

A few points about this question. First of all, don't try to mention a strength and present it as a weakness. Trying to say that you're a workaholic or that you're a stickler for detail and how that's a weakness will not work well. It will be seen as an attempt to dodge the question.

The weakness you mention should not be critical to the job you'll be doing. If you're interviewing for the job of an insurance actuary, don't tell them you're weak at statistics!

Talk about a weakness in content knowledge rather than a basic personal quality or skill. Because lack of content knowledge is much easier to remedy than a personality trait. For instance, say that your weakness is that you're not familiar with a particular software application. That's much better than saying you find it difficult to manage people.

You should also mention what you are doing to remedy the weakness. If lack of knowledge of a computer application is your weakness, talk about how you're attending evening classes to learn more about it.

As you see, it's not very difficult to come up with good answers even to tough questions asked at interviews. It just needs some preparation and forethought before the interviews.

In fact, here is a terrific e-book that can help you do just that. Its what I would recommend to anyone who's serious about wanting to ace the interview and get the job they really want. Do check it out and see what you think.

Like to think a little out-of-the-box? Here's an idea -- consider doing work on a freelance basis, either part-time or full-time. There are actually large numbers of people who work from the comfort of their homes. And very profitably too. But you do face one big problem -- connecting with companies that have work to offer.

If you're looking for a great job, one of the best places to start your hunt online is at Monster. With your free My Monster Account, you can even set up job search agents and have your dream job emailed to you. They're a reliable company and have helped thousands find their dream job. Find out what they might have in store for you.


Seven interview bloopers that can
torpedo your chances of getting that job

Experienced interviewers say there are seven crucial interview bloopers they've seen candidates make over and over again. Make any one of them and the employer will usually trash your candidature for the job.

It pays to be aware of these common bloopers. The related tips for interviews will help you create a successful interview experience.

Here's the number one blooper folks make at interviews -- going in with a job-hunter's mentality. What does this mean?

Ask yourself, what's the company interviewing you for? Because they have problems that need solving, targets to achieve and so on. Who is the right person for these activities -- someone who's "hunting for a job" or someone who sees himself as a part of the effort, a team player who wants to make a difference?

If you're a "job hunter", you're desperate for a job. Any job. And that shows. You'll come across as very self-centered. For example, you'll constantly use phrases like "I want...", "I'm looking for...", etc. Those are real bloopers at interviews.

Instead, think from the viewpoint of the company, your prospective employer. Find out what they need and convey how you can fill that need. You'll come across as a problem-solver; someone who really does make a difference.

Here's the number two blooper seen at many employment interviews: Behaving in an overly careful manner. Interviewers commonly come across candidates like this. They sit erect in their chair, dutifully respond to the interviewer's questions and in general, try to get everything just right.

By being stiff and overly formal, you reduce your chances of interview success. You won't connect with the interviewer, nor will you be able to exercise any control over the interview.

Here's the third common mistake: Not doing any background research on the company. You cannot position yourself as a problem-solver if you don't know what the employer wants. And that takes some fact-finding. Not doing it before the interview is a blooper.

Fourth mistake: Not listening. When the interviewer is speaking, do make an effort to understand what she's really saying. Listening is not just waiting for your turn to speak. Also, if you answer questions in a clinical, detached manner, you'll turn employers off.

Fifth blooper at interviews: Not paying attention to non-verbal language. Understand the interviewer's body language and personality style. That alone will take you a long way towards a job offer.

Sixth problem: Lying. This should be obvious, but many candidates lose sight of the fact that interviewers can cross-check on what you mention at the interview.

Seventh blooper: Not following up after the interview. This is more than just sending thank you notes after the job interview. You need to keep in touch with the employer without becoming pushy.

Those are seven damaging mistakes candidates make at job interviews. Be aware of them and ensure you don't make them.




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