Q: Tell me about yourself?
Trap: . Many candidates, unprepared for the question, skewer themselves by rambling, recapping their life story, delving into ancient work history or personal matters.
Ans: Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. In other words you must sell what the buyer is buying. This is the single most important strategy in job hunting.
Q:What are your streanghts?
Trap: You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewers greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. And from question 1, you know how to do this.
Ans: Prior to any interview, you should have a list mentally prepared of your greatest strengths. You should also have, a specific example or two, which illustrates each strength, an example chosen from your most recent and most impressive achievements. Then, once you uncover your interviewers greatest wants and needs, you can choose those achievements from your list that best match up.
Q: What are your weaknesses?
Trap: Beware this is an eliminator question, designed to shorten the candidate list. Any admission of a weakness or fault will earn you an A for honesty, but an F for the interview.
Ans: Nobody is perfect, but based on what you have told me about this position, I believe I had make an outstanding match. I know that when I hire people, I look for two things most of all. Do they have the qualifications to do the job well, and the motivation to do it well? Everything in my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong desire to achieve excellence in whatever I take on. So I can say in all honesty that I see nothing that would cause you even a small concern about my ability or my strong desire to perform this job with excellence.
Q: Tell meabout some thing you did- or failed to do- that you now feel a little ashamed of?
Trap: There are some questions your interviewer has no business asking, and this is one. But while you may feel like answering, “none of your business,” naturally you can’t. Some interviewers ask this question on the chance you admit to something, but if not, at least they’ll see how you think on your feet.
Ans: “I also like to make each person feel like a member of an elite team, like the Boston Celtics or LA Lakers in their prime. I have found that if you let each team member know you expect excellence in their performance…if you work hard to set an example yourself…and if you let people know you appreciate and respect their feelings, you wind up with a highly motivated group, a team that’s having fun at work because they are striving for excellence rather than brooding over slights or regrets.”
Q; Why are you leaving your position?
Trap: Never badmouth your previous industry, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers. This rule is inviolable: never be negative. Any mud you hurl will only soil your suit.
Ans: Never lie about having been fired. It is unethical – and too easily checked. But do try to deflect the reason from you personally. If your firing was the result of a takeover, merger, division wide layoff, etc., so much the better. But you should also do something totally unnatural that will demonstrate consummate professionalism. Even if it hurts , describe your own firing – candidly, succinctly and without a trace of bitterness – from the company’s point-of-view, indicating that you could understand why it happened and you might have made the same decision yourself. Trap: Never badmouth your previous industry, company, board, boss, staff, employees or customers. This rule is inviolable: never be negative. Any mud you hurl will only soil your suit. Ans: Never lie about having been fired. It is unethical – and too easily checked. But do try to deflect the reason from you personally. If your...