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18 Nov 09 How To Handle Tricky Interview Questions

Tricky interview questions are the best way for an interviewer to get a real feel for your character.  By asking these questions, and gauging how you react, they can tell if you’re a good fit.  Having bad reactions to these sorts of questions is a good way to lose your job candidacy quickly.  So keep level headed, and take a few tips with you to the interview, to help you through:

-First off, you know you’re going to be asked the question “what’s your biggest weakness?”.  This is an interview standard, and is a great judge of character.  Be prepared by going through a few possible answers beforehand.  This way you’ll look comfortable with the question, and you’ll have a well thought out, quick answer.  Try a story that turns around the weakness question.  Make an example of a weakness you had, and worked past to get the job done.

-When an interviewer asks you to tell them about yourself, they don’t mean what they can read on your resume.  The resume got you this far, they know your qualifications, so don’t be a one trick pony, and recite the resume again.  Give a few work related examples of the positive asset you are.  Not where you went to school, and what career certifications you have.

-The question about why you left, or are looking to leave a former employer almost always comes up.  This is another character gauge.  The only way to fail the question, is to bash your former bosses.  The interviewer is looking to hear a career minded choice, not your complaints about a former situation.  Staying positive and courteous is the only way to handle this question.  Turn it into a story reflective of wanting new opportunities and challenges that fall into line with the company you are applying for.

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