Interview Preparation

ANSWERING “WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?” IN AN INTERVIEW

However impressive your career journey has been, you must still answer the paradoxical question: “What are your weaknesses? and when you’re interviewing for a leadership position, the answer is especially critical. The question may be one of the most common in interviews, and it’s easy to provide a canned, equally expected response, but for savvy …

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BEHAVIOURAL OR SITUATIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – THE STAR METHOD

I have learnt that most candidates have an easier time answering technical or knowledge-based questions about their profession, which usually have definite right answers. However, answering behavioural questions that measure your problem-solving abilities, emotional quotient, and ability to handle stressful situations can be more challenging. The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to …

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ANSWERING SITUATIONAL-BASED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Interviewers ask situational-based interview questions to help them see your thought process, agility & how you’ve used your skills in the past. Situational or Scenario-based interview questions rely on hypotheticals, they are easy to recognize, as they start with a hypothetical scenario and ask – What would you do if…there is a…? or Suppose there …

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AN INTERVIEW QUESTION FOR LEADERS

One common question that leaders get asked all the time is “How would you describe your leadership communication style?” To answer this a bit of self-reflection along with strategy is required. Self r-reflection will show you the mirror, so that you can understand and explain yourself better, whereas, the strategy will help you align your …

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OVERCOMING INTERVIEW ANXIETY

Even if you know you are well-qualified for a job, some individuals face interview anxiety. It is rather common. Meeting strangers in a position of authority; talking about yourself; being evaluated and judged on your appearance, demeanour, and ability to sell yourself all triggers’ nerves and stress getting to you. Some strategies you can use …

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ALWAYS BE PREPARED & GEARED UP FOR LAYOFFS OR JOB CHANGES

An increasing number of companies, particularly start-ups, are announcing layoffs and downsizings. These decisions are driven by business needs or merger decisions, in part due to economic and geopolitical factors as well. The economy reopened to a huge demand for jobs and a surge in spending as people ate out, went shopping, attended events, and …

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO PRIOR TO AN INTERVIEW?

?Make sure you read your JD, your application, resume, and cover letter thoroughly. ?Make sure you do your research on the company and the interview panel members. If you don’t know their names, ask your interview scheduler. ?If it’s a physical meeting, plan your trip and if it’s a virtual meeting, make sure you’re connected …

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‘WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME’ (WIIFM) ON YOUR RESUME AND IN YOUR INTERVIEW.

The acronym ‘WIIFM’ stands for ‘what’s in it for me?’ Smart individuals have used its principles for years to make sure that their audience receives the message they want to hear. USING ‘WIIFM’ ON YOUR RESUME When writing a resume or cover letter, remember that the point is to convince the potential employer that you …

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HOW TO ANSWER – ‘WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS? IN AN INTERVIEW

An interviewer might ask, “What do you consider your greatest weakness to be?” remember it’s a trick question and it might backfire if not answered carefully. Truth be told, my greatest weakness is pizza, but that isn’t what the interviewer wants to hear. It’s a job or something nature-related that they look for.  Also, remember …

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ADDRESSING EMPLOYMENT GAP QUESTIONS IN THE INTERVIEW

ADDRESSING EMPLOYMENT GAP QUESTIONS IN THE INTERVIEW My last post dwelled into how to bridge the employment gap on your resume, and the poll on ‘What is the biggest issue employment gap candidates face?’ resulted in 217 votes as of today ( the poll is ongoing) 37% of the people said ‘Experience is overlooked’, 33% …

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