Then PREPARE YOURSELF! ... Job Interviews are tricky. They're going to be asking you for specific examples. They're going to be asking you for details; including names of people, dates, and outcomes ...
They'll ask you about lengthy projects you've been involved in — how your role evolved, how you handled deadlines, how you handled pressures and difficult personalities. They're going to be testing you — Are you ready for their tough questions? ... Watch and listen because this is how you get hired.
What you are about to discover here are over 177 MODERN, TRUST-BUILDING, EMOTIONALLY-INTELLIGENT, and TOTALLY PERSUASIVE job interview answers designed to help you warmly and easily answer the difficult, awkward or unpleasant questions you can expect given the HR behavioral screening & hiring practices of today's complex business world.
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Quickly skim these questions then see the answers below:
How would you respond? ...
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“You'll have a professional, smooth, and convincing answer for any possible question; even the ones most people worry about ... All of the answers are broken down into simple terms — so you can learn quickly and easily — no matter what your abilities or experience level.”
Each example in the guide begins with a discussion of the question, the reasons why they are asking it, and what they probably want to hear in your response.
Then, for each question, you get several word-for-word example answers to choose from and customize to make your own. You'll have the templates & the strategic formulas for coming up with your own winning answers — based on your own personality & your own personal work experience ... There are over 80 behavioral interview questions covered in the guide, with 177 convincing and professional example answers that work for any type of job. This is how you get hired.
STRATEGY: The problem you select to use as an example should be as similar as possible to a problem you are likely to face at your new job. 1) Identify their "pain points" or current challenges you think they might be facing, 2) explain the POSITIVE OUTCOME and MEASURABLE RESULTS you achieved by solving a similar problem at your last job, then 3) get them to agree with you that your experience in that area is exactly what they're looking for.
• Here's the basic formula:  (read this carefully)
"Sure, at my last job we had a problem where the situation was "X" ... the action I took was "Y" ... and the positive outcome was "Z" ... In an email to the entire team I was praised by Susan, the Project Manager, for solving the problem and cutting costs about 15% for that project. We were also able to deliver in about 2/3rds the time it woud have taken us otherwise. What I learned from the situation was "ABC." I think that's the type of experience you are looking to bring to your team ... isn't it?"
• Learn how to cite personal success-metrics (numbers, percentages, fractions) that you contributed to achieving at the past few jobs on your résumé or CV.
These training materials reveal several ways of coming up with "measurable proof" numbers that are based on your own past work experience & achievements. Even if you don't think you have any good numbers or percentages to use, you'll discover it's as easy as fill-in-the-blanks to create them — and they're SO effective in getting your interviewers to buy in to your potential & your value as an employee. You'll have powerful statements like this that you can deliver with confidence:
"I think my experience with [Company XYZ] in [cutting costs 30% / saving 20 man-hours of work per week / increasing revenue by 14% / getting the job done about 50% faster / decreasing turn-around time by 1/3 / helping customers 20% more of the time] is the type of experience that will help me succeed in this role. Plus my strengths in [industry knowledge / time management / goal-setting / teamwork / empowering others / persuasive presentations / partnering & negotiating / innovation & creativity / strategic leadership / special skill] really make me a strong candidate." (Don't be bashful — You've gotta say stuff like this!)
... then get them to agree with you:
"You'd agree that having this type of experience would probably help me succeed in this position ... wouldn't you?" (say it with a smile)
"Would that type of problem-solving experience be relevant to this job?"
Here's a more fully formed example answer to the above question:
"When facing problems on the job I try to take a systematic approach. I think it's important to clarify the problem first and get as much information as I can by collaborating with important stakeholders — BEFORE I start proposing possible solutions. I also try to think about what the best possible outcome might look like, or what I want the measurable result to be. FOR EXAMPLE, when I was at Company XYZ ... (use one of your S.O.A.R.L. Stories here) ... and the result was about a 15% increase in cost-savings for that project. What kinds of challenges are you currently facing in your department? … What might I do to help you solve those problems in my first couple months on the job here?"
See how you followed up your answer with a great question about THEIR needs? ... Smart.
STRATEGY: This is potenitally a trick question. You want to indicate that what you liked best about your last job are things that will appeal to the Hiring Manager. Show that your last job allowed you to demonstrate many of the positive and desirable Behavioral Competencies that are discussed in-depth at the beginning of the Guide. Give specific examples of how your last job allowed you to flex your skills and show your maturity. When answering about what you liked least, keep it short and do not be negative.
"What I liked about my last job was the fact that there was good on the job training. I was able to really develop my "X" skills, which I know will help me succeed here if I am fortunate enough to be able to join your team. What are the qualities and skills of the people who have been most successful in your department?"
"One thing I liked about my last job was that it allowed me to develop my project management skills ... FOR EXAMPLE, I was put in charge of a project where I had to earn the "buy-in" of people from multiple different departments — and I had all the responsibility for getting this project completed on time but no real authority over my teammates. I was successful because I involved key stakeholders early-on to get their feedback on my ideas. With those ideas is mind, I negiotiated with the team to an agreement about deadlines. Then day-to-day I made sure that each team member was completing their work on time. I did this by setting up a progress tracking system. Can I tell you about it? ... "
"What I liked least about my last job was that the management style was pretty hands off, and this was fine for me because I am self-motivated and work hard to achieve. But the lack of structure sometimes allowed some of my teammates to slack off from time to time — and I often ended up having to pick up the extra work. I had to constructively approach my manager and let her know what was going on WITHOUT creating any friction between me and my co-workers. In the end, it worked out well, because I was pro-active. — Have you ever run into that type of situation as a manager?"
STRATEGY: Think about what they want to hear. Show that you are able to learn from your mistakes, but don't offer up any negative examples concerning your past performance. Show that you have been successful, but that you have the maturity it takes to examine your own behavior so you can learn and grow and be a better employee. Be brief.
"Good question. Well, I have been successful at every job I have had, but I have had the normal ups and downs. I'd say that I do actively try to monitor the quality of my work so that I can constantly be improving myself. FOR EXAMPLE, I have had one or two hiccups with clients (or customers) where their satisfaction was not exactly where I thought it was. I learned that I have to really monitor certain difficult clients closely and "take their temperature" so I can keep their satisfaction level as high as possible. Have YOU had any customers like that here?"
STRATEGY: This is another behavioral interview style of question. The Hiring Manager wants to learn more about your thought process, and how well you can form examples to answer this teamwork-related question. You will want to show your ability to solicit ideas from others, listen carefully, and persuade people to your point of view.
"Working with others allows you data-mine other people's skills and experiences. You get perspectives and ideas that you would not have on your own. You can also check the quality of your own work before it goes out the door. FOR EXAMPLE, at Job "X" I worked with many great people. I was able to "pick their brains" — so to speak — about the effectiveness of various techniques, and get estimates on how long it would take to get various things done, etc. — I would not have been able to do my job as effectively without them."
"Would that type of experience be relevant to this job? ... Great! ... So when do I start? ..." (don't be afraid so throw some humor in if it's going well!)
"Well, throughout my career I've worked both independently and as a member of many teams. I will have to say, though, that working with others has often produced great results for projects I've worked on — specifically when it comes to brainstorming as well as knowledge sharing. When it's appropriate, I try to get the key stakeholders involved in coming up with new solutions. I did that a lot at Job 'ABC'. FOR EXAMPLE ... and the OUTCOME was a roughly 30% increase in cost-savings for the company, and a significant decrease in the time it took to complete the project."
STRATEGY: Workplace stress is an issue for everyone. Don't pretend that you never get stressed out. Show you can deal with stress and cope with difficult situations in a fast-paced environment. Give examples of how you've been calm under pressure, and how you avoid stress in the first place through planning and time management.
"Well I think it's important to remember that stress effects everyone, and it's inevitable that sometimes people are going to have bad days. But what I do personally is plan ahead and try to manage my time as best as possible. If something happens, I try to control my response to the situation. You can't always control what happens to you, but you CAN control your own response. What I do is consciously lengthen the time between the stresser and my response to it ... Would you say it is a stressful environment here? ... I see. I'm sure I can handle it — I've been tested like that before ... FOR EXAMPLE ... AND THE POSITVE OUTCOME WAS ..."
STRATEGY: You'll want to be very specific here, and frame your answer in terms of how you saved time and money. Use your personal "metrics of success" — these are simple numbers you write down and remember before the interview; like the hours of time you saved by your smart decisions, and the dollar amounts of revenue or cost-savings you generated. Remember, these materials show you how to make these up, giving you fill-in-the-blanks templates for creating your own "metrics of success" numbers based on your past work experience — and it works for ANY type of job history. This is a MUST HAVE for your interview. Please be prepared with this!
"Well, my role was ongoing and it required a lot of communication and teamwork with my team as well as the client. I think my role really was to clarify the scope of the project, and then "manage the client's expectations." We were able to deliver on time, and the client was thrilled! ... I was able to make sure no time was wasted on adding unnecessary features. And since we were working on a fixed bid price, we saved my company time and money. I estimate I contributed to a cost savings of about $20,000 on that project. My manager and everybody on my team felt great because the project went so smoothly ... Is that the kind of experience that would help me be successful here?"
"My role in the success of our last big project was contributing to [cutting costs 30% / saving 20 man-hours of work per week / increasing revenue by 14% / getting the job done about 50% faster / helping customers 20% more of the time]. I was able to achieve this by using [risk management / industry knowledge / innovation / empowering others / persuasive presentations / time management / partnering & negotiating / special skills] ... FOR EXAMPLE ..."
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NEWLY UPDATED for 2014, "The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Answers" (7th edition) reveals the best way to say the things that are most calculated and most likely to resonate with your interviewers. Have them nodding their heads thinking "yes" — this is the person we should hire.
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"Jim, just before we wrap up here, I want to ask you to put your faith in me and give me the job. I will reward you by doing my absolute best to do quality work and make our department shine."
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REMEMBER, every time you are asked a question, you have earned the right to ask a question of your own! ... Questions are a great follow-up to a winning answer. Probe for their "hidden needs" — Try to uncover what it is they want to hear from you. Try some "tie-down questions" that get them to agree with you. Figure out if it's actually a place where you'd want to work — or if there are any hidden duties or unmentioned job responsibilities they're not telling you about. There are over 45 of these smart questions for you to choose from in the Guide. Here are some examples:
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