Most of us have had, at some point in our lives, a teacher, a professor, or a mentor who encouraged our participation in active discussion by uttering the ubiquitous phrase, “There are no stupid questions.” Then we grew up and started going to job interviews. In all seriousness, however, if you’re actively seeking employment chances are you’ve run into a few odd interview questions that put that old adage to the test.
If you have been using the same old elevator pitch (45-second commercial) with the same old results, let’s try something different.
The interview is scheduled! You are ecstatic, as well you should be! But now what? What about interview preparation? Now that the job interview is scheduled, you can really begin preparing and practicing! You’ve already done some preliminary research on the company, but now it’s time to dig deep.
Possibly the most difficult interview question to answer is “Tell Me About Yourself?” But if I asked your co-worker to tell me about you, they could easily rattle off several things. During a job interview, you’ll need to overcome the stage-fright associated with answering the “tell me about yourself” question.
Talking on the phone with a stranger can feel awkward to begin with. When you add the pressure of an important job interview, it can become unbearable. You worry about what you going to say because your words are all you have to make a good first impression. That spiffy new outfit you bought to knock their socks off hangs in the closet, your firm handshake is useless (not that your hands aren’t shaking), and your body language is silent. On the phone, your words are all alone. You may needs some phone interview advice.
You may have heard the cliché about “a job interview is not an interrogation.” Well, some statements have reached cliché status because they are so true, so often. But to make sure your next interview is a conversation (and not the dreaded interrogation), what essential interview questions should you ask?