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Reality Check
What Gets You to Your New Job?

Dress to Impress
Dressing for Interview Success

Are You Ready . . .
For Your Job Winning Job Search?

Preparation for the Interview
Toughest Interview Questions

Resume Presentation
Tips to Look Good and Stand Out

Reinventing Your Workself
When Circumstances Change

Pep Yourself Up for the Interview
Getting Psyched for the Big Opportunity

Make the Most of the Interview
Interview Questions for You to Ask

Your Job Search Is Your New Job
Spending 8 Hours a Day on Your Job Search

Frequent Resume Missteps
What Does Your Resume Say About You?

Employment Testing & Assessments
How Do They Enhance the Interview Process?

Casual Interview Discussions & Informal Questions
Stay Conscious and Interview Focused

Handling Job Search Rejection
Another Networking Opportunity

Stay Positive During Your Job Search
“Best Practice” Tips for Remaining Optimistic

Salary Negotiations
Be Prepared, Positive and Open

Reference Checks
Detailed Assessments Are Now the Norm

Writing Thank You's
Make a Noteworthy Impression

Cover Letters
Make a Good First Impression

Working with Recruiters
What Recruiters Want You to Know

Common Resume Mistakes
Is Your Resume Promoting Your Talents?

Know the Company
Do Your Homework

Preparation for the Interview

Toughest Interview Questions

Once your resume is written and you are ready to join others vying for the same job! If you want to land the job, prepare for the interview. According to our experts, the following questions are those that candidates indicate are the most difficult to answer. Preparation is the key. So, take a look at these questions and plan your answers. Keep positive.

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

Okay, this is the question that most candidates stumble answering. Research, research, research! Prior to any interview, from entry level to executive, you should get on the internet or go to the library and research the interviewing company. Candidates should not think for one minute that they can go to an interview and not know what the company is about. If you research and you know about the company, you can say:

"I read that you have a customer friendly philosophy. That is my customer service philosophy also. I think it would be a fit where I can continue to work with customers to their satisfaction."

What Are Your Goals?

We have found the best way to answer this question is to find out what goals the interviewer wants answered. Try . . .

"Are you asking me to give you my short-term goals or where I see myself in five years?"

It is important that you keep your answers job related and not personal.

Why Did You Leave (Are You Leaving) Your Job?

If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context.

"I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me."

If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job.

"After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience."

What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits:

"I am a team player. I believe people work better being a part of a team rather than individually. My work is accurate and has always received good reviews. I am goal orientated and methodical. I have been told that I can be intense when there is a project that needs my full attention. But, I have learned to turn that intensity into a virtue by gaining the respect of my co-workers. So, when I am intense, they join me and the job gets done."

What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?

This is a great way to brag about your work efforts through someone else's words.

"My last supervisor told me that I am the best designer at the company. He knows he can rely on me, I am a team player and he likes my sense of humor."

What Salary Are You Seeking?

It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer that has worked in interviews is:

"I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?"

If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be and Why?

Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job done? What impression do you want to make? When thinking up your answer be careful to consider the animal and what attributes are assigned to that animal.


We wish you great success in your job search!

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