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Be ready to answer tough interview questions

Getting interviews in today's economy is pretty difficult, but getting company and/or industry information is pretty easy with the Internet. The Internet's biggest asset for job seekers is research information, including company managers, titles, e-mail addresses, and sometimes, phone numbers. You can also get a lot of information on a company's goals and culture.

But, after you land the interview, how do you prepare for the tricky interview questions? In today's workplace, employers dig deep during interviews.

Enter the newly revised edition of 101 Toughest Interview Questions . . . and Answers That Win the Job! written by Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes (Ten Speed Press). Nothing is as crucial to landing the perfect job as a stellar performance in the interview where every answer can make or break an opportunity.

This book can help you ace job interviews. Its compact size fits easily in your purse or briefcase, and a flashcardlike format arms job seekers with the can't-miss, sure-hire answers interviewers want to hear.

Certainly you should be prepared by knowing your product (you) inside and out. What have you done, what can you do, what do you want to do — all at levels that exceed a potential employer's expectations. It's your job to be prepared to know yourself, but how do you handle questions like the following?

Which of your achievements has given you the greatest satisfaction? Can you describe something you did professionally and explain how you felt about it?

Do you think you are underqualified for this job? I hope you can say something other than, "Yes"!

What are your greatest achievements? You should be able to name three achievements from your past, and be able to go into detail if asked.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? Mention two or three strengths, one minor weakness, and then change the subject!

There are 97 more tough interview questions in this newly revised book, and you need to do some homework. Don't work hard to land an interview and then go in unprepared. Control your destiny. Job searching isn't easy, but there is a lot of help out there for you.

Marvin Walberg is a job search coach.

Be ready to answer tough interview questions 10/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2009 3:21pm]
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