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Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies von Yeung, Rob (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 22.11.2013
  • Verlag: For Dummies
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Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies

A guide to stunning your interviewer with perfect answers to stumping questions In today's competitive job market, a stellar interview lends you an edge over the competition, which can make or break your chances at a new career. Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies, 2nd Edition teaches you how to perform professionally and productively under stressful interview conditions. With this handy guide, you'll learn to breeze through tricky questions and accentuate your most impressive qualities. This updated second edition features a ten-step guide to having a great interview, ten tips for projecting confidence, ten techniques for trouble-shooting your job search, 200 tough sample interview questions with detailed advice and model answers, proven strategies to combat nerves, and guidelines for perfecting your social media presence and handling questions that may arise from an online search. There is no need to enter an interview feeling unprepared with this guide by your side. Rob Yeung's holistic approach helps you make a positive first impression Shows you how to prepare to answer questions regarding your online presences (and how to avoid embarrassing search results) Provides essential preparation so that you can familiarize yourself with tricky questions before embarking on the stressful interviewing process
Whether you're an entry-level worker or a mid-level professional, Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies prepares you to blow the competition away with your poised and professional responses.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 320
    Erscheinungsdatum: 22.11.2013
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781118679913
    Verlag: For Dummies
    Größe: 2109 kBytes
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Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies

Chapter 1
Understanding the Interviewing Game

In This Chapter

Realising what interviewers want from job candidates

Understanding the skills and qualities sought by employers

T he job market is increasingly competitive, and many interviewers are inundated with too many applications. In this chapter, I share with you the secrets of what interviewers are really looking for, and how to prepare the ammunition for your answers.

This book contains plenty of advice and loads of mock answers to tough interview questions. But simply reading through the book won't get you anywhere. What you need to do is figure out how you would answer different interview questions by using my answers for inspiration.
Recognising What Interviewers Are Looking For

At first glance, different job adverts seem to require a dazzling array of skills, experience and qualities. But in actuality, most employers are really looking for four basic factors to find the right person for the job. These four factors can be summarised as the four Cs of interviews:

Competence: Interviewers look to recruit people who have the skills and personal qualities to do the job with minimal supervision.
Confidence: Employers want to hire people who are at least reasonably composed and secure about themselves. They want people who can deal with new people and new situations without turning into a trembling wreck!
Commitment: Interviewers want to give the job to someone who sticks at it. They want a self-motivated person who persists in the face of difficulties rather than gives up at the first sign of trouble.
Chemistry: Interviewers want someone that they feel they can get on with. All employers feel they have a unique culture – and want to know that you can fit in with the rest of the team.
Demonstrate your competence and commitment by giving good answers to the many questions thrown at you. You can demonstrate confidence and create chemistry by using your tone of voice and body language to show that you're the kind of collected and likeable person who gets on with everyone. Be aware that the interviewers are not only evaluating what you say, but also how you say it. No matter what section of the book you turn to, be sure to keep the four C s in mind.
Finding Out about Key Skills and Qualities

When interviewers say they're looking for 'competent' candidates, what exactly do they mean? Well, dozens of surveys have asked employers what they want from potential recruits. This section covers the top ten skills and personal qualities that employers look for. Parts II and III take you through how to answer these questions, but for now, make a mental note of these skills and then weigh up whether you possess them.

Interestingly, most of the surveys agree that these skills and characteristics tend to apply to employees at all levels of an organisation and across most industry sectors. So a high-street retailer looking for a shop assistant tends to want more or less the same skills and qualities as an international corporation looking for a senior manager – although obviously to differing degrees.
Communicating with people

Unless you are being hired to work in a sealed room with no contact with colleagues or customers (which I very much doubt!), you need to have good communication skills.

When discussing your communication skills with interviewers, think of examples of occasions when you:

Listened to the needs of other people, such as colleagues or customers.
Conveyed information to other people – perhaps speaking on a one-to-one basis or presenting to a group of people.
Handled difficult situations, such as customer complaints, on the

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