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.
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.
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.
Sometimes interviewers ask strange questions that don't seem to have anything to do with the job. Why? Because they're trying to get a better picture of your personality, and who you 'really' are. But you can always keep your answer focused on the matter at hand--your fit for the job.
In this video, I tell you how to answer the interview question, "If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?"
No matter what kind of academic work you do--whether it's in an actual college or university setting, in a research lab, in a clinical lab--employers will want to know why you want to move to the corporate world. It's a very different place, and your answer to this question must show your understanding of that and tell the positive reasons you made this decision.
In the video below, I let you in a little more on the thoughts of the interviewer, and give you a great way to answer this interview question.
Why would you want a job that's basically a demotion for you? If you ever apply for any job that's not a step up from where you were, employers are going to want to know why. That's a red flag, and you need to have a great answer for them.
In the video below, I will give you a great way to answer this question that you can adapt and customize for your own circumstance. Click the video to watch.
So what does it mean to have the fire in your belly to do the job? It means, 'Do you have the energy, the drive, and the commitment to dig in and get this done?' All employers want to know this about all candidates, but this can be a particular sticking point if you're an Over 40 job seeker.
Of course, YOU know you're going to do a great job in this role you're interviewing for, but how can you communicate that to them?
In the video below, I will give you specific ways you can convince the interviewer that you would be a great hire, with more than enough 'fire' to be successful. Click on the video to watch.
Get more suggestions for how to answer interview questions about the 'fire in your belly', aka your desire, drive, and commitment to getting the job done in my blog article on this subject, How To Answer Interview Questions Q15.
If an interviewer says, "Tell me a little of your personal history," what do you do? Just like with 'Tell me about yourself,' you may be tempted to talk about your family, your social life, your politics, or your last vacation. But don't.
In the video below, I will tell you how to best answer any questions about your personal history in a job interview.
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If you'd like more information about exactly how to answer questions about your personal history or 'life story', please see my blog article that goes into this in much greater detail: How to Answer Interview Questions Q42.
If you have been freelancing or consulting, but now you're applying to work for a company, they are going to have a few questions for you. The perception is that people who have been their own boss can't go back to working for someone else.
In the video below, I will tell you what to say if they ask you about your freelance or consulting work. You can answer these questions in a positive way that affirms how good you are at your job and explains why you want to work for them.
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If you'd like more details about exactly how to answer questions about your freelance work, please see my blog article that goes into this in much greater detail: How to Answer Interview Questions Q88.
Interviewers like to ask behavioral-style interview questions like, "Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it." They know that past behavior predicts future behavior, and they want to see how you reacted to a difficult situation.
In the video below, I will tell you a great way to respond to this question. Click the video to watch.
What are typical IT interview questions? What are the best answers to IT interview questions?
Those are questions I recently asked an expert--Jeff Lipschultz, owner of A-List Solutions, a recruiting firm in the Dallas area that places a large number of technology candidates all over the country. He's got a front-row seat for both sides of IT hiring--managers and candidates. Jeff offered some great insight into what interviewers ask and what they're looking for in your answers to IT questions. Here are excerpts from Jeff's best IT interview advice on how to answer IT interview questions: Read more...