Posts Tagged “interview prep”


By The Daily Muse

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next interview?

While we unfortunately can’t read minds, we’ll give you the next best thing: a list of the 31 most commonly asked interview questions and answers.

While we don’t recommend having a canned response for every interview question (in fact, please don’t), we do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what you might be asked, what hiring managers are really looking for in your responses, and what it takes to show that you’re the right man or woman for the job.

Consider this your interview study guide.

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By Edward Nieh

Maybe you’re an expert when it comes to job interviews and maybe you can waltz through the door, confident in your ability to acquire a position. But for the rest of us, the thought of having to meet with someone who will undoubtedly be analyzing your every move and scrutinizing every response that you make, is nerve-wracking to say the least.

Whether it’s your first job interview or your fiftieth, it always helps to be better prepared. Take a look at these 34 job interview tips to see how many you’re familiar with. Having these tips at your disposal will hopefully allow you to show up for your next job interview less nervous and more prepared, which will keep you ahead of the competition.

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By Jeff Haden

You’re totally prepared. You’re ready for strange and unusual interview questions. You’re prepared to ask some great questions of your own. You’ve even worked hard to put yourself in the mind of the interviewer.

You’ve done your homework… but what if the person who interviews you does a terrible job?

(And why does that so often seem to be the case?)

When the interviewer is terrible, hang in there — all is not lost. Here’s what to do when:

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By Kristin Sherry

Simply put, the goal of an interview is to be selected. I emphasize to my clients that the most sure-fire way to be selected is to differentiate yourself from the competition. Here are seven ways to stand out:

#1: Seek to serve, not to get

Many candidates ask questions to discover what they’ll be getting out of the employment arrangement. Seeking to serve the employer is a refreshing posture that will set you apart from other candidates. Ask questions that demonstrate your desire to meet the needs of the employer, such as, “What is a problem you currently face that I could help you solve through this role?”

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By Kristin Sherry


In my 20 year career I’ve interviewed a lot of people and have observed two common interview mistakes candidates make when answering questions.

In the first part of this series I’ll be covering STAR Stories (introduced in my recent article, One “Must Do” for the Job Interview), I recommend reading the previous article to learn how to map your skills, strengths, and experience to a job description to ensure your stories tightly align to a job opportunity.

Before I review STAR Stories, let’s look at the two common mistakes.

Mistake # 1: Going down a rabbit hole

Going down a rabbit hole involves a candidate rambling, or stating too many extraneous details that add zero value to their answer.

Here’s what it looks like:

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By John Mehrmann


When in-between jobs and preparing for your next career, make amends for the sacrifices of the last one.

Write It Down

Make a personal journal of your transition experience. Keep track of daily events and observations that may result in new opportunities for you. What job postings or recommendations got your attention each day? Keep clippings from newspapers and printed copies of lists or reference information from web sites in an organized manner so this information is readily available at your fingertips. Treat this information gathering as your own research project. As you investigate, more opportunities will become available to you. Don’t lose an opportunity simply because you lost track of it.

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By Bernard Marr

Any job hunter would be wise to seek out common interview questions and think about his answers beforehand, but what about the questions that haven’t made it onto the lists yet?

One question I’ve heard asked is some variation of, “Tell me something I wouldn’t know from looking at your CV,” or “Tell me something no one else knows about you.”

This question seems to be becoming increasingly common, but it’s still not one that job applicants are routinely preparing for. That means it’s a good place for you to shine.

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By Katrina Brittingham

There is a powerful tool that only a handful of candidates utilize during an interview. That is the career portfolio. Many people think that portfolios are only for people who are in the photography industry. However, these tools are useful for interviewees at all levels of their career and in just about any industry. This booklet showcases education, skills/accomplishments, volunteer work, and professional memberships.

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By Erin Kennedy

At any good interview there comes a point where the job applicant is asked, “do you have any questions for me?” This is a tipping point that can go in your favor if you show that you have researched the company and care about the job itself more than the paycheck or benefits. It doesn’t have to be scary, deer-in-the-headlight feeling, though. However, you do want to come prepared with questions to ask during your interview. Here are three questions you can ask that will make you feel more confident during the Q&A part of the interview:

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