Security Seals
Connect with Peggy McKee on LinkedIn
Follow Peggy McKee on Twitter
Become a fan of Career Confidential on FaceBook
Subscribe to the Career Confidential YouTube channel

Archive

Archive for the ‘Job Interview Questions and Answers’ Category

Should You Ever Answer the Job Interview ‘Greatest Weakness’ Question with the Cold Hard Truth?

How to Answer Interview Questions about Your Greatest WeaknessWhy do employers ask about your greatest weaknesses in job interviews? It isn’t because they’re dying to hear you talk about how obsessed you are with work and having everything be perfect. What they really want is a skills assessment about you, from you.

Some people could argue that you really need to tell them what your weakness is, so that they and you can get a realistic view of whether or not you’re a good fit for the job. After all, it wouldn’t be a good idea to end up in a job that isn’t a good fit, right? Poor choices in jobs have resulted in firings, layoffs, and awkward situations to explain later.

I say something a little different.  I say that your job in that interview is to sell yourself for the position. You don’t need them to decide that you aren’t a good fit. You are the one who needs to decide if you’re a good fit or not. You need that freedom of getting that job offer so you can make the decision that’s best for you.

So what does that mean? Does that mean that you are better off denying that you have any weaknesses at all? No. What it means is that just as you do with every other job interview answer, you need to be strategic.

Read more...

12 Ways You Can Be Asked About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

Weakness Question Job InterviewEmployers ask you about your weaknesses in job interviews for a lot of reasons…because they want a realistic assessment of you, because they want to compare you to other candidates, or because they want to see how you react to a difficult question.

However, not all of their inquiries about your weaknesses are so obvious. They know that you’ll probably be ready for the big one, and so they have a lot of different ways to get at what they want to know. They can ask about how people criticize you, what you need the most development in, what scares you about this new job (because that could reflect not being ready for it), and more.

It’s important that you be ready to answer these kinds of questions.

Below are 12 different ways interviewers ask you about your weaknesses.

Read more...

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Salary

how to answer interview questions about moneyQuestions about past salary, salary requirements, or any inquires about compensation or benefits are tough to answer. What you say can have a big influence on the offer you eventually get (or don't get).

Here are 2 common money questions that come up in job interviews. Click on the question to see the answers you need to give.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

If you want a smooth and successful salary negotiation, check out my recorded webinar with negotiating guru Jack Chapman: Salary Negotiations Webinar. Anyone can use these tips to secure a better, stronger job offer.

 

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Failures

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FailuresInterview questions about your failures can be some of the most difficult to answer. You need to find a good balance between acknowledging the failure, making sure it isn't one that would reflect poorly on your ability to do the job you're interviewing for, and show that you learned from it so that now you are someone they want to hire.

Below are 5 possible interview questions you could be asked about your failures. Click on the question to see how to strategically and effectively answer it.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

How to Answer Interview Questions If You Were Fired or Laid Off

Best Interview Answers if You Were Fired or Laid OffIf you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.

All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

*If you are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!

How to Answer 13 Common Job Interview Questions

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Future Career

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FutureJob interview questions aren't always about the past or about the now. They also want to know your plans for the future. If you get those questions, it's likely that they're trying to figure out if you will fit in with this company or if you're really interested in this job (as opposed to simply wanting a job).

Below are 6 questions you may hear on this topic. Click on the question to go to the answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

Interview Answers That Get Job Offers

Job Interview answersJob interview answers that make hiring managers sit up and take notice of you are ones that clearly show how you will be a benefit to the company. With that in mind, here are 9 links to answers in my How to Answer Interview Questions Series that will especially help you grab that attention—and the offer.

Click the links to go to detailed answers for each interview question.

  • Tell me about yourself – your answer here sets the tone for the entire interview and gives them a succinct framework for why you would be a great hire.

Read more...

What can happen when you wow them in the interview...

This is a great story. TJ wowed them so much that a hard-to-get-into company searched to find just the right position for him. Congratulations, TJ!

I wanted to tell Peggy McKee a thousand thank yous.

Even though I narrowly lost out on the position I interviewed for, they were [so] impressed with the answers I gave based on her advice that they searched to find a position for me. I wound up getting a different, equally exciting job offer with the same company (who are hard to get into to).

The senior director told me no one had ever given him a 30-60-90 written out plan before and was wowed. I recommend your book to everyone. - TJ


Is there a competitive interview in your future?
Use these resources below...

 
Give the best interview answers.

I also have:

Prefer video?

 
 
 Bring a 30 60 90 Day Plan to your next interview:

 
Read Finding a Job Fast Using a 30-60-90-Day Plan - available on Amazon.
 
 
 

Perfect Interview Answers Webinar Review

Job Interview Questions and AnswersAre you considering attending my Perfect Interview Answers Webinar?  See what Matt had to say about how it helped him be more confident and advance through the hiring process:

I thought the webinar was extremely well done. I have been using a lot of the recommendations that you discussed in my Job Acquisition phase that I am currently in.

I was laid off ...from a company I spent the past 23+ years with. Needless to say I had not interviewed other than various promotions within the company I had been with for a number of years.

I have had 5 interviews with a company that I am currently pursuing and am scheduled to fly to their home headquarters ... to meet with their CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer.

The timing of the [webinar] yesterday could not have been better for me as a refresher and I plan to use a lot of what was presented yesterday for my interview on Friday and am feeling very confident.

Thank you,

Matt

My Perfect Interview Answers webinar is designed to help you 'wow' them in your interview.

This is a free webinar where I coach you on how to deliver perfect interview answers to 4 of the most important interview questions, and give you insights on how to communicate with the hiring manager (interviewer) stronger and more effectively than ever before.

You even get a chance to get personalized expert advice in a free Question and Answer session!

With what you learn in this webinar you will have a big edge over your competition and you can get the job offer.

Find out more about this webinar and sign up to attend:  Perfect Interview Answers

 

Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success Bundle Amazon eBooks

Crush your interview and get the job with 4 bestselling Amazon ebooks in 1 convenient discounted Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success bundle!  Preview this bundle by clicking on the image below:

 
 

These essential job interview books will give you the edge you need. What's in the bundle:

#1 - How to Answer Interview Questions

#2 - How To Ace Your Phone Interview

#3 - How Do You Prepare for an Interview?

#4 - Finding a Job Fast Using a 30 / 60 / 90 Day Plan

Get the bundle here: Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

How to Answer Interview Questions II Amazon eBook

My first How to Answer Interview Questions book was so popular (#1 Best Seller in Job Interviewing on Amazon) that I wrote another one:  How to Answer Interview Questions II.  It contains another 101 best answers to the toughest job interview questions. Preview it by clicking on the book cover below:

What's new in this book (besides MORE interview questions and answers)?

Scattered throughout the book: Keys to a Great Interview (extra hints and tips for a wildly successful interview—preparation, questions you can ask, and more).

Get How to Answer Interview Questions II today.

 

How to Answer the "Tell Me About Yourself" Job Interview Question Amazon eReport

How you answer “Tell me about yourself” sets the tone of the entire interview. Your answer will either establish a positive bias toward you in the mind of the hiring manager—or it will show them you are not someone to be taken seriously for the job.

Click on the report below to preview this important job interview report:

In this “Quick Read” Report, you will see how to answer “Tell me about yourself”:

- How to Start
- What to Include in Your Answer (And What to Leave OUT)
- How to Make Your Answer Special So You Stand Out

You will bias the interviewer in your favor and boost your chances of getting the job offer.

When you get this report, you also get a BONUS SECTION:

The first 5 Questions and Answers from the best-selling How to Answer Interview Questions II!

 

Perfect Interview Answers Amazon eBook (Free Download)

Preview the first few pages of Perfect Interview Answers on Amazon! Download this book on Amazon for Free!

You must be prepared to answer interview questions. This FREE book will get you read for the toughest interview questions you'll face.

Click on the book to open up the preview of Perfect Interview Answers.