Interview Assistance: Coping With The Tough QuestionsThe interview does not begin when you walk into the room and extend your hand for your interviewer to shake it. The interview really starts as soon as you step into the building, often security and reception staff are asked for their opinions. Your ideas of why you are qualified for the job have already been put forward in your CV. Now it is the employers opportunity to dig deep and ask you the really tough questions. Here are a few unexpected and difficult interview questions for interview assistance. One of the first things you are asked to do in an interview is to tell about yourself. This question is common but is most overlooked and under-prepared. The interviewer is looking for qualities in you that match the job description for which you are applying. Begin to talk about yourself professionally, avoiding getting too personal. Talk about your previous responsibilities in your past job to portray your best qualities. While the interviewer loves to hear about your good qualities, you will also be asked about your weakest ones. This is a tricky question. Be sure not to pick a good quality and turn it bad, such as being a perfectionist. Be honest. If you have organisational problems, then mention it, but also explain how you are working on solving the fault and give examples. Your qualifications and character are important to the interviewer, but so is honesty. Here is another tip for interview assistance: be honest! There will be questions in the interview that are asked not only because the interviewer wants to know the answer, but also wants to see how you will carry out the answer. A common question asked is Have you taken time off from your current job to attend this interview? Most likely, you have, and the interviewer would also like to know how. If you say you told your boss you need a personal day to attend an interviewer, it will sound like a fib. Keep it professional and honest and say you have taken a personal holiday to attend personal business. The interviewer will also want to know what you think of the company and your expectations as an employee. The best interview assistance for these questions is research. Research the company and open position thoroughly to get a good feel of what they expect of you. You may be asked, Why should I hire you? There should be one answer to this question, Because Im the best candidate for the position. This answer shows confidence and it is really what the interviewer wants to hear, but you have to be able to back it up. Then there is the question What is your long term expectation working in this position? Remember your research and pick out a few responsibilities you would be given. Then say how you would play out these responsibilities to become the best in your position. The end of the interview usually ends with the question Do you have any questions? Always say yes. Show that you are interested in the position and take it seriously. Ask about challenges you would be faced with being new to the position or how quickly you would be able to be productive. Always have questions prepared. If you do not ask your questions now, you could miss out on necessary information in helping you make a career choice. Keep in mind that every interview is different. Accept interview assistance, but do not memorise answers to questions. The interview is a natural conversation for the employer to get to know you and vice versa. The best interview assistance is confidence and preparation. ————————————————-
Copyright 2010 Biz Guru LtdLee Lister has written a book for job seekers called FastTrack to Job Success that can be found on www.JobSuccess.co.uk She also provides CV and Resume writing services and specialises in senior managers and those changing career paths.This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.