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Job-Winning Interview Answers About Your Greatest Accomplishments

The toughest job interview questions are often those that require us to tell about our greatest accomplishments. First, you have to know what those are--which ones will be impressive to the hiring manager? Next, you need to be prepared to explain those achievements. They want to know details. In the video below, I will give you a very easy way to prepare interview answers that will get you the offer. If you want more help, see my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions. You'll see detailed examples for 101 tough job interview questions.

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Job Interview Questions and Answers App

Practice your answers with a professional coach in this free app--99% of users say it improves interview answers immediately! We've launched a Job Interview Questions and Answers app for Droid, available on Google Play! It makes how to answer interview questions a snap, giving you incredible confidence and effectiveness in your next interview. How does it work? Read more...

How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions – Use the STAR Format

file3301274449947Employers want to know about more than just your skills and experience--they want to know how you'll get along day-to-day.  How will you react in stressful situations?  What will you do when a customer gets cranky, or there's some issue with the product? One way for hiring managers to get to that information is to use behavioral interview questions that try to uncover how you have reacted in similar situations, or that set up a theoretical problem to see how you would go about solving it. Both types of behavioral (or situational) interview questions show how you think, which can be much more informative for a hiring manager than asking about your greatest weakness. The easiest and most effective way to answer Behavioral Interview Questions is to use the STAR format. Read more...

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How To Answer Interview Questions Series

Table of Contents

  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q1 -- Are you overqualified for this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- Are you willing to relocate?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q3 -- Describe a time when your work was criticized and how you handled it.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q4 -- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q5 -- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q6 -- Describe your work style.

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q7 -- Describe yourself to me in one word.

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q8 -- Do you prefer working in a team or alone?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q9 -- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q10 -- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q11 -- Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q12 -- Have you ever had difficulty working with a supervisor/manager?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q13 -- How can you apply your specific skills to help the organization achieve sustainable growth and generate revenues?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q14 -- How to Answer Interview Questions - Q2 -- How did you deal with the situation the last time your boss chastised you or strongly or disagreed with a statement, a plan or a decision you made?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q15 -- How do I know that you still have the “fire in the belly” to do this job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q16 -- How do you deal with difficult customers?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q17 -- How do you deal with stressful situations?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q18 -- How do you evaluate success?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q19 -- How do you handle stress and pressure?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q20 -- How do you rate yourself as a professional?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q21 -- How does this position fit in with the career path you envision for yourself?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q22 -- How have you responded to a colleague who is putting you down at work?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q23 -- How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q24 -- How long would you plan to stay with us?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q25 -- How much did / do you make?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q26 -- How was your working relationship with your previous supervisor?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q27 -- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q28 -- How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q29 -- I noticed that you are applying for a position that is not as senior as you past positions. Why would you consider a job that is, in effect, a demotion for you?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q30 -- If we hire you, what will we know about you a year down the road?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q31 -- If you could be any animal which one would you be and why?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q32 -- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q33 -- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q34 -- If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q35 -- Is there anything I haven’t told you about the company that you would like to know?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q36 -- Situational Response Question:  An airplane landed in the parking lot. What would you do?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q37 -- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss about a way that something should be done. How did you handle that?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q38 -- Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation with a co-worker.

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q39 -- Tell me about a time when you failed.

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q40 -- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q41 -- Tell me about yourself.

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q42 -- Tell me your life story (more of your personal history).

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q43 -- Tell us about a failed project.

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q44 -- Tell us about a time that you went against corporate directives. Why? How did it turn out?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q45 -- There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q46 -- We are looking for someone with experience…or, You don’t have enough experience—why should we hire you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q47 -- What are some of your greatest and/or proudest accomplishments?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q48 -- What are your advantages and DISADVANTAGES?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q49 -- What are your hobbies?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q50 -- What are your least favorite things to do in your role as a XXXX?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q51 -- What are your pet peeves?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q52 -- What are your salary expectations?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q53 -- What are your workplace values?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q54 -- What did you earn at your last job?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q55 -- What did you like or dislike about your previous jobs? 

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q56 -- What do people most often criticize about you?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q57 -- What do you consider your most significant accomplishment?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q58 -- What do you expect from a supervisor?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q59 -- What do you know about this company?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q60 -- What do you wish you’d done better?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q61 -- What excites you and scares you about this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q62 -- What have you been doing since you got laid off?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q63 -- What have you learned from your mistakes?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q64 -- What is good customer service?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q65 -- What is your greatest weakness?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q66 -- What is your ideal job?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q67 -- What is your least favorite managerial task?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q68 -- What kind of money would you be interested in making?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q69 -- What makes you unique? 

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q70 -- What motivates you?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q71 -- What questions do you have for us?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q72 -- What salary are you looking for?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q73 -- What type of work environment do you prefer?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q74 -- What was the last book you read?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q75 -- What was your least favorite part of your last job?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q76 -- What was your most difficult work experience and how did you deal with it?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q77 -- What were the major challenges of your last job and how did you handle them?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q78 -- What were your responsibilities in your last job?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q79 -- What will you contribute to this job?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q80 -- What will you do if you don’t get this position?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q81 -- What would you do first at this job?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q82 -- What would your friends tell me about you?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q83 -- What would your line manager say was the area you needed most development in?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q84 -- What you can do to make this company better?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q85 -- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q86 -- Who was your best boss and who was your worst?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q87 -- Why are you looking to leave your current job?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q88 -- Why did you freelance for so long?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q89 -- Why did you leave your last position?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q90 -- Why did you take a job that seems to be outside of your career path?


  1. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q91 -- Why do you believe you are the best fit for this position?

  2. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q92 -- Why do you have a big gap in your employment history?

  3. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q93 -- Why do you think you can manage a team without any prior managerial experience?

  4. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q94 -- Why do you want to join this company?

  5. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q95 -- Why do you want to switch from an academic field to business/industry?

  6. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q96 -- Why do you want to work for someone else after owning your own business / freelancing?

  7. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q97 -- Why have you been out of work for so long?

  8. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q98 -- Why have you changed jobs so frequently over the past X years?

  9. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q99 -- Why haven't you been promoted?

  10. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q100 -- Why should we give you the job over the other candidates?  (Why should I hire you instead of someone else?)

  11. How to Answer Interview Questions - Q101 -- Why would you accept a lesser salary than what you made before?  (Won’t you jump ship when a better offer comes along?)


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Think about job interviews. You’re so thrilled when you get the call. The interview prep work is exciting because you’re getting to know what you hope is your new company. You get your resume, your brag book, and your 30-60-90-day plan all lined out, and you choose what to wear. You map out the route and get there a healthy few minutes early. You greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake, and then you start The Conversation. Everything hinges on your job interview questions and answers.  Your answers are THE major deciding factor in whether or not you get asked back for a second interview or get the job offer. Not to worry…Career Confidential is here to help. I am thrilled to announce that we are launching a new blog article series: How to Answer Interview Questions. In fact, we are publishing 101 job interview questions and answers in a brand new, open-access series for you. These are typical but tough interview questions that most candidates are asked at some point in their interview process. We will tell you how to answer just about every interview question possible…from the most common standard interview questions to the weird, “personality” interview questions. But we’re not just giving you the answer to parrot...I don't want you to sound like someone who Googled “how to answer interview questions.” (Although I will give you ideas.)

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I’m going to address one question per article and coach you through how to approach your answer strategically and construct the best answer possible FOR YOU. I’ll tell you things like:
  • What hiring managers are REALLY asking with each question...
  • How to think strategically about your best answer.
  • What kinds of things you should always include in your answer.
  • Some sample job interview answers to get you started.
Without a doubt, this series is unlike anything you've ever seen before.  My entire 15+ years of experience in sales, management, recruiting, and career coaching is behind every answer. By the time you absorb 101 questions and answers, you will: It's all just one part of Career Confidential's mission to transform you into the top candidate for the job.  We want you to get the job you want fast.  Please explore our site to see everything we have to offer to get you to your goal.

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‘I Got a Job Offer in 24 Hours Thanks to a 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan’

Can a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan make YOUR interview amazing and get you a job offer in 24 hours? You bet. See what it did for Jeanne:
Hello Peggy! I just wanted to let you know my results from using your 30 60 90 day sales plan. [Prior to purchasing your plan, my face-to-face] interview went great! As we wrapped up [the hiring manager] said, "We are going to have another interview and I want you to be able to tell me in our next meeting how you plan on tackling this job." I put together my 30 60 90 day sales plan. At my next interview, when the hiring manager asked if I had given any thought as to how I would tackle the job and when I responded with, "Well, yes I have. I have prepared a 90 day plan that I would love to share with you." The look on his face was priceless!! He was not expecting this, Peggy. The interview went amazing. I was offered the job within 24 hours. -- Jeanne
Look at what Jeanne is teaching us here: Most people would have thought about how they planned to tackle the job, and maybe have formulated an answer before they went to the interview. Jeanne took it up a notch with her 90-day plan and became the star candidate. The 30 60 90-Day Plan is the something 'extra' that can absolutely make you stand out and make the company very eager to hire you. Do not go to another interview without a 30 60 90 Day Plan. It's too risky. Pull out all the stops and knock their socks off. That's when you walk away with the job offer. Find out more and get your 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan right now.  

Amazon Kindle eBooks for Your Job Search and Interviews

Check out Career Confidential's ebooks on Amazon's Kindle store to help you answer interview questions, prepare for your interviews, work with recruiters, find a job fast, ace your phone interview, and jumpstart your job search.  Click on the links below to see book descriptions and reviews.  Download them today!    

  How To Answer Interview Questions

  Can you explain why you're the person they need to hire? Employers ask you a hundred different interview questions... but what they really want to know is, "Why should we hire you?" If you get interviews but you don't get the job, you have not explained that to them. This is the book that will show you how to use your answers to get the job. > Read More Here <        

  How to Work With Recruiters Effectively

  What's the most powerful place you can be in as a job seeker? The most powerful place you can be as a job seeker is having someone the company knows and trusts marketing you for the job--that someone is a recruiter. If you are in a job search now, or want to get better and better opportunities throughout your career, you need to understand how to leverage the considerable power of recruiters. > Read More Here <        

  How to Ace Your Phone Interview

 
 This book is for YOU if you want to slam-dunk every phone interview and get invited to the face-to-face.  You will discover my best phone interview tips from 14 years of interviewing thousands of candidates (as a hiring manager and recruiter). This is your key to phone interview success!
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  Jumpstart Your Job Search

  If you feel like your job search is stalled because you can’t get enough interviews, then this is the book for you!  It will jumpstart your job search and put you in the interview seat, so you can get a job fast.   > Read More Here <            

Finding a Job Fast, Using a 30 60 90 Day Plan

  Finding a Job Fast, Using a 30/60/90-Day Plan brings you a dynamic new way to take control of your job search and prove to hiring managers that you have what it takes to join the team. Whether you have years of experience in your field or none at all, you can get the job offer you have been waiting for. > Read More Here <          

 How Do You Prepare For an Interview?

 
Job interviews are more competitive than ever.  If you go to interviews but are not getting offers, someone else is out-preparing and out-performing you in the interview.  This book will turn YOU into the stand-out candidate who walks away with the job.
As a Bonus with the book, you also get a Free Downloadable Interview Prep Guide - Career Confidential's Job Interview Prep Kit will walk you through any professional or executive job interview preparation.
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Perfect Interview Answers [Video]

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Check out this brand-new page of videos we've put together:  Job Interview Questions and Answers Video Series. On this page, there are dozens of job interview questions and answers. They are individually recorded, so you can pick and choose the interview answers you need. They are on video, so it's easier to learn and remember how to answer interview questions. If you want a great interview, you need the best answers to interview questions....and they are right here on this page: Perfect Interview Answers (More than 270,000 people have downloaded these answers already...don't wait!) Enjoy!  

How to Answer Interview Questions eBook Now #1 Kindle ‘Interview’ on Amazon

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I am thrilled that my ebook holds the #1 spot.  Thanks to everyone who has purchased it...if you haven't yet, take this opportunity to get it. It contains 'a wealth of useful and practical suggestions' that are 'easy to understand and assimilate thanks to the concise detailed explanations and numerous examples' (from one of the dozens of great reviews). Crush your next interview with the best answers to 101 tough interview questions.  Get How to Answer Interview Questions today.    

IT Interview Questions – What You Need to Know to Get an Information Technology Job

Are you looking for an IT job?  Do you know how to handle an IT interview so that you DO get the job? I am so excited to let you know that I just had a fantastic and very informative conversation with Jeff Lipschultz, owner of A-List Solutions, a recruiting firm in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area since 2007.  A-List Solutions places technical candidates in a huge variety of companies all over the United States.  He is an incredible resource for IT folks, and he spent over 30 minutes with me doling out all kinds of advice on how to do very well in IT interviews.  I have put the entire conversation in an audio recording for you.  All you have to do is click the bar below to hear it. Read more...

How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

behavioral event interviewHiring managers love behavioral interview questions, because these kinds of questions dig deeper into what kind of employee you really are. Answers to behavioral interview questions must be in the form of stories, or examples of things you've done in your career.  They are projections from you about how you would handle everyday or stressful situations in this new job, based on how you've handled similar situations before. To answer behavioral interview questions well, you need to know which questions are likely to be asked, and plan for a story you can tell.  Come up with real life examples of how you have excelled in your work.  Develop these stories for your behavioral interview. Read more...

Amazon Audiobook – 101 Job Interview Questions – Listen and Learn

  My most popular ebook, How to Answer Interview Questions, is now available as an Amazon Audible Audiobook (It’s also available as an audiobook on Google Play, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Audible.) You can learn the best answers to 101 job interview questions in the car, on the train, working out, cooking dinner—anytime. With this book, every job interview answer you give will tell the employer one more reason why they should hire you.  ‘Selling yourself for the job’ will be ridiculously easy. What will this audiobook do for you?
  • Tell you why interviewers ask certain questions
  • Show you what they are looking for in your answer
  • Give you strategies for answering the toughest questions
  • Warn you about answers that will kill your chances
  • Give you how-to tips, phrases, and words for answering 101 job interview questions
Read more...

How To Answer Interview Questions About a Time Your Boss Disagreed With You

Interviewers like to try and put you on the spot with difficult job interview questions, like \"How did you handle it the last time your boss chastized you or strongly disagreed with a decision you made?\"

In the video below, I will tell you how to answer difficult job interview questions like this one. Click the video to watch.

 

 

Dig deeper into this question and the best way to answer it in my blog article, How to Answer Interview Questions Q14.

Discover the best answers to more than 100 job interview questions in my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions.

 

How To Answer Interview Questions About Money

Handling questions about money or salary in job interviews is tricky. Everyone struggles with how to answer interview questions concerning money--but it's easier than you think to successfully answer salary questions. In the video below, I will tell you how you can respond to any questions about salary in your job interview, and even why you can consider these questions to be a good thing. Click the video to watch.     Need more information?  Read this blog post for much more detail about how to answer interview questions about money - How To Answer Interview Questions Q68. Get the best answers to more than 100 tough job interview questions in my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions.    

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Fears and Expectations

Why would an interviewer ask you 'What excites you and scares you about this job?' It's another way to get at your weaknesses and strengths. It's a way to find out what scares you because maybe you're not ready for it, and what you think you're prepared to handle. Employers can get creative about how they ask these kinds of questions, and this is one. In the video below, I will tell you what your strategy should be when answering this interview question. Click on the video to watch. For more suggestions about how to answer this question, and a great way to show that you're very excited about this job, see my blog article How to Answer Interview Questions Q61. It's part of my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions - 101 Tough Job Interview Questions and Answers. These are the best answers, strategies, and tips for 101 job interview questions.
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