March 26, 2004, Newsletter Issue #10: 2 Typical Interview Questions

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Why? The answers show no research, no thought, no consideration. They sound stock and could suffice for any number of companies. Overall, unimpressive responses. Let`s look closer.


Here`s where you get to show off your research. Tell the interviewer what you`ve learned about the company and why it`s appealing to you. SPECIFICS are the key here.

Share what you can do and why you feel you can make a contribution and benefit the company. This question is about how YOU can benefit the company, not how the company can benefit YOU.


This isn`t a trick question. Obviously if you decided to relocate or the company went out of business, it`s a fairly straightforward answer. But if you were terminated, be honest.

If you didn`t like the way the company was run, be honest about that too. But here is another question where, if you haven`t prepared an answer, you might trip yourself up. If you were terminated, you don`t need to go into great detail, but you do need to show that you can accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes.

If you didn`t like the way the company was run or you hated your boss - it sounds much better to say "I chose to leave, because I work best when given a task and am left alone to do it," than it does to say, "my boss was always looking over my shoulder. He was such an anal retentive, control nut. I couldn`t stand it!"

NEVER NEVER NEVER speak negatively of your previous employers.

Do your homework before EVERY interview! There`s no chance to make a second good impression!

Judi Perkins
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