With so many job hunters on the market competing for limited positions, candidates need to be ready to handle tough interview questions with ease, according to a new CareerCast.com report on how to stand out in the recession. • Employers often have many highly qualified candidates applying for just one or two positions, so candidates need to make a strong sales pitch in interviews as employers will be more selective. The trick to fielding hardball interview questions is to realize why they're asked: primarily to gauge how fast you can think and how well you perform under pressure. • "If you rehearse answering tricky career-related questions, you'll be more apt to respond to them confidently," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "Practice in front of the mirror, with friends and family, or use a webcam to record yourself to fine-tune your responses, facial expressions and mannerisms. In fact, one of the typical mistakes made by smart people is to think they can just 'wing it' because they're smart. But the truth is, nothing beats preparation," Lee said.
Prepare for these questions
CareerCast.com describes the 10 toughest interview questions:
1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?
2. Why did you leave your previous employer, or why are you leaving your present job?
3. What are your greatest strengths?
4. What are your weaknesses?
5. What can you tell me about our company and/or industry?
6. What do/did you like most and least about your present/most recent job?
7. Aren't you overqualified for this position?
8. What sets you apart from other applicants?
9. Where do you hope to be in three years?
10. Do you have any questions? Can you think of anything else you'd like to add?