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- How to use professional words, phrases, and metrics to communicate your value.
- Talk about your strengths and past successes in a convincing way.
- Get the best questions for YOU to ask the interviewers to show them you're smart and engaged.
- Tell them exactly what they want to hear — so you GET HIRED!
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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. You're going to need ultra-specific examples.
They're going to be asking you for details; including names of people, dates, and measurable outcomes. They'll ask you how certain events made you feel. They're going to be testing you in lots of different ways — Are you ready for their tough questions?
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- Speak about your strengths and past successes in a memorable & convincing way.
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- Tell them exactly what they want to hear — so you GET HIRED.
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OK, let's get specific: How to "Package & Spin" your work experience.
Each example interview question 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.
FOR EVERY QUESTION you may face, this download gives you several word-for-word example answers to choose from — and customize to make your own. You'll have the templates & the strategic formula for coming up with your own convincing answers — based on your own personality and your own personal work experience.
- Over 80 behavioral interview questions are covered in the Guide w/ 177 example interview answers that work for traditional, competency-based, situational, KSA, and behavioral interviews.
Give me an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell me how you solved it.
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 answer formula:
"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 ⅔ the time it would 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. You'll discover it's as easy as fill-in-the-blanks to create your proof — and it's 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 ⅓ / 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 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. 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 types 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.
“... Shows You Word-for-Word Exactly What You Need To Say To Get Hired ...”
What did you like best and least about your previous job?
STRATEGY:This is potentially 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 was I was able to really develop my "XYZ" 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 of the people who have been most successful in your department?"
(Notice the "data-mining" question ↑↑ about the skills and characteristics of other people. You're sniffing for clues about what they want to hear!)
"One thing I liked about my last job was 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 several different departments — and I had all the responsibility for getting the project completed but no real authority over my teammates. I was successful because I involved key stakeholders from the beginning. My team knew that other people were on board, so I was able to negotiate them to an agreement on deadlines. Then day-to-day I made sure everyone was completing their work on time by setting up a progress tracking system … Can I tell you about it?"
What's the worst mistake you ever made on the job, and what did you learn from it?
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've 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 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?"
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Describe a situation when working with a team produced more successful results than if you had completed the project on your own.
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.
"Well, throughout my career I've worked both independently and as a member of many teams. I have to say, though, that collaborating with other people across departments is always a good idea — specifically when it comes to brainstorming and knowledge sharing. When it's appropriate, I try to get outside perspectives on possible 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."
"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!)
The difference is ENORMOUS between people who have a flood of relevant stories, and people who don't.
Partial List of Behavioral Interview Questions
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What was the most frustrating experience at your last job?
What was the most satisfying? … Why?
Why have you had so many jobs in such a short period of time?
Can you explain this gap in your employment history? … And then what happened?
Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
What was your role in your department's most recent success?
Share some examples of how you've been able to motivate other people.
Tell me about a time you were asked to make changes at the last minute.
Describe a recent split-second decision you made at work. How did you do it?
A year from now, how will you evaluate if you have been successful in this position?
Walk me through the steps you took to reach an important long-term goal.
What's your biggest weakness? … Give some examples of areas where you need to improve.
Describe a change you needed to make that was unpopular. How did you implement it?
How do you go about learning new technical skills?
So ... Tell me about yourself.
What have you learned from your mistakes?
What have you done when you had more than one project with the same deadline?
What would your last manager say about you?
Describe the worst boss you have ever had. Where is that person now?
How much $$$ money do you expect if we offer this position to you?
Tell me about a time you had to build new relationships in order to get something done …
How did you go about that?
What are your long-range career objectives & what steps have you taken toward obtaining them?
Describe a situation when working with a team produced more successful results than if you had completed the project on your own.
What happens when you have to deal with an angry customer or client?
What do you do when people disagree with your ideas? … Describe some times when you had to resolve a conflict with an individual, or guide others to compromise.
Tell me about an important written document you were required to complete.
What's the most significant presentation you've given? … how did you prepare?
What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
Do you consider yourself to be a leader? … What are the attributes of a good leader?
Are you good at delegating tasks? … Tell us about your process.
Tell us about a project when you were responsible for the budget … How did you stay within budget?
What does it mean to be successful?
Tell me about a problem you solved that wasn't assigned to you. Why did you solve that problem?
Why didn't anyone else solve it?
Give me an example of a time when you took a risk and failed. How did you feel? … What happened next?
You may be overqualified or too experienced for the position.
What things do you do to help yourself in your career?
What will it take for you to accept this job?
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND? …
Each and every one of these questions (and many more) are answered in the 2016 Guide.
“... Go in to your next interview with more hope, and better possibilities.”
What it does for you:
- You learn to create your own example stories to show your work experience is a perfect fit for the job.
- You become more confident in your self-presentation; you're now able to quickly calm nerves or fear.
- You easily command professional words, phrases, and metrics to communicate your value.
- You have proven patterns for talking about your strengths and past successes in a reassuring way.
- Help them understand your potential — so you GET HIRED into the company.
T he Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Answers 2016 (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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A model for crafting your own perfect introductory "opening statement."
A dozen power "closing statements" for when you ask for the job.
Structured answer‑options for the crucial "tell me about yourself" question.
The 40 desirable Behavioral Competencies that they will be grading you on.
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