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Most people approach an interview the same way they approach a purchase. They want to ask, “Is this what I’m looking for? Is it my best option? Am I going to be happy about this later?” You might be surprised, however, to learn that this is not the true goal of the interview.
During the interview, you will be asked difficult questions that are designed to see how you will react under pressure and unfamiliar territory. There are no textbook answers to these questions. Interviewers ask different questions and look for different responses. Here are some typical stress questions commonly asked in interviews.
We’ve seen countless candidates receive offers because the interviewer was impressed with the questions they asked. Good questions have depth, display intelligence and highlight your understanding of their situation. Be prepared when the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions?" - and NEVER say that you think they've pretty much covered it.
Many times, a hiring decision is made from one piece of paper and a few short hours of time. You owe it to yourself to make the most of these simplified representations of yourself and give the best effort possible. Here are some pointers for how the do the necessary preparation to make your interview as successful as it can be.
From the time you arrive (a little bit early) until long after you leave (and your follow-up email or note has been received), your actions and words are being noted by the prospective employer. Here are some tips that will help separate you from the average interviewee.
Your resume is your #1 marketing tool. The goal of your resume is to secure an interview with a hiring manager. The only thing this person will know about you is anything you put in your resume – you want to put your best foot forward!