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How to Ace Your Job Interview

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Winging a job interview is never a good idea – especially when a little preparation can help you ace it! All job interviews are made up of five basic interview questions that you can easily prepare for with a little strategy…

 The Value Question

“Why should I hire you?” Start by quoting your three to eight Key Success Patterns (your specific patterns that outline how you work and the value you bring – what ultimately sets you apart). Explain that when you use these patterns, you always succeed.

 The Ability Question

“Can you give me a specific example of how you multi-tasked while in your last job?” These are questions have to do with your skills and ability to do the job. Answer these questions with this 3-part formula: what you did, how you did it, and the result.

 The Fit Question

“Why do you want to work here?” Answer by stating that you don’t fully know yet – because unless you’ve worked there, how can you know?! Then add something to the effect of, “Here’s what I do know from reading your materials in the lobby, literature/catalogs, annual reports, web page, networking information, etc.” Finish by asking, “How accurate am I?”

 The Weakness Question

“What’s your weakness?” Answer with “Here’s what I’ve learned…” Then tell the story using positive information, following with, “Is this something that would be valuable in this position, when one knows how to…?

The Negotiation Question

“What are your salary requirements?” Postpone salary talk until there’s an offer made. Let them go first or ask what the salary range is. Take the offer and not the job by asking, “When do you need to hear from me on my decision? This the time to negotiate – don’t do it until now!

Remember that your main goal here is to get a second interview. Too many people psych themselves out because they think they have to get hired in their first interview.

Learn more about this topic in my book, “From Roadkill To Roadmap.”

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  • Jim Ebone says:

    Good summary.

    I like your common sense approach.

    I have a phone interview 7/29 and I will use these as part of my preparation.

    Jim