101 Toughest Interview Questions : And Answers That Win the Job!

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-06
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Nothing is more crucial to landing your dream job than a stellar performance in the all-important interview, that nerve-wracking final step to every job search. Extensively updated and revised for today's highly competitive employment market, this compact, concise handbook will prepare you for the most challenging and frequently asked questions you can expect to encounter. Following each question is a list of savvy, can't-miss sample answers, which can be easily modified to reflect your own experience level, skills, and qualifications.

Author Biography

Veteran career experts Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes also reveal key information that interviewers need to gather from their discussion with you, allowing you to provide the most relevant, strategic responses possible. An invaluable resource for job-seekers at any career stage, 101 Toughest Interview Questions is packed with effective tips and proven techniques to help you perform your best. You'll learn how to thoroughly prepare for the big day, replace anxiety with confidence and poise, and ace even the most nail-biting interview.


Chapter 1: Understanding the Interviewer's Concerns
To ace your job interviews, you need to understand the role of interviewers and what they are trying to accomplish. Sure, they want to hire someone for the position, but they want to hire therightperson. It is their goal to make an informed and reasonable decision, so every question they ask has meaning and importance. The questions they ask aren't random; they don't pull them out of a hat and hope that they can divine who is the right person for the job. Every question is designed to illuminate and clarify some piece of information about you so they can determine whether you are the best person to hire. In the broadest terms, every question asked in an interview addresses at least one of the following four main concerns:
 1. Can you do the job?
 2. Who are you?
 3. Will you fit in at the company?
 4. What will you cost us?
Understanding the subtext of a question can help you customize your responses so you provide the needed information and remain a viable candidate. We have organized the 101 questions into these four concern categories, although many questions could fit into several (or all) of these categories. For instance, an interviewer might ask you, "What is your leadership style?" to find out about the outcome of your previous leadership experiences ("Can you do the job?"), your character traits ("Who are you?"), or how you interact with others ("Will you fit in at the company?"). How you respond will determine how the interviewer interprets and uses the information. As you will see, there is certainly some overlap across the categories; however, it's best to focus on what information the interviewer needs from you rather than which category a question belongs to!
Concern #1: Can You Do the Job?
Do you have sufficient experience, training, education, aptitude, and interest to be productive? Can you deliver what the organization needs from this position? How has your background prepared you for this job? What have you achieved up to now? What do you know about this job and company?
In most interviews, the majority of questions asked are to determine whether you can actually do the job for which you are interviewing. If your answers do not clearly demonstrate that you can do the required tasks, you will likely not be considered a serious candidate for the job. Many questions that assess the extent of your qualifications are of a highly specific nature, differing from job to job and industry to industry, and so are not appropriate for this book. Make sure you are prepared for any job-specific questions that you could be asked. For instance, if you are interviewing for a highly technical job, be ready for technical questions!
For a complete list of questions that address the interviewer's first concern, see pages vii–viii. The primary strategy for dealing with this type of question is to provide concise and concrete information. Be sure to:
 • Answer with conclusive and clear-cut information.
 • Offer facts, figures, and statistical proof to support your claims.
 • Provide examples of your skills and abilities.
 • Discuss your past experience, summarizing the tasks you can do and have done.
 • List your strongest skills.
 • Describe your accomplishments in detail, including outcomes of successful projects, proposals, and so on.
 • Outline your relevant knowledge.
 • Describe your education and training.
 • Illustrate your decision-making skills.
Concern #2: Who Are You?
What do you like and dislike? What are your main characteristic

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