Job Interview Question

By: Jimmy Sweeney

Author of the brand new "Job Interview Secret"

Job Interview Question Tips

Each candidate has a job interview question which he or she dreads above all others. For some candidates, that question may be one which seeks to explain a lack of experience: “so have you ever done financial modeling before?” For others, that dreaded question is one which probes unpleasant or unflattering experience: “Could you tell me why you left your previous job?” But whatever the reason that a candidate doesn’t want to answer a specific question, he or she should know one thing with certainty: that question will be asked. It’s almost as if interviewers have some sort of sixth sense which draws them, as a moth to a flame, right to that question, usually right as the interview is really starting to go well.

For that reason, at least some of your job interview preparation should be spend practicing ways to cope with this unwanted job interview question. That experience, or inexperience, is a part of your history now. You can’t hide from it, or hide it. You need a way to make it work for you, and in fact become an asset rather than a liability. This is a very powerful move for your job search efforts, and one that will pay big dividends. It is rarely, however, an easy move to make. You are probably dreading that question and answer for a good reason. You’re going to need to do some heavy work and thinking before you can flip it into an advantage. The first place to start is by learning what the target company values the most.

Preparing for the Job Interview Question

Learning what the company values the most in the target position gives you some vital clues on possible ways to answer that job interview question in an honest, yet positive way. These values can be determined by learning as much about the company as possible. One good place to start is with published material on the web and in magazines and newspapers. Another equally valuable place to learn about what the company wants to see in the target opening is from current or former employees. These employees can give realistic, behind the scenes advice on what the company is looking for, requires and expects in that target position… during the interview phase and on the job.

With any luck, your research uncovered corporate values which speak to your dreaded question in a relevant and positive way. For instance, if your dreaded question is why you left a company after less than a year, and you have learned that your target company values a high degree of commitment in its employees, you might initially fear that you have a problem. If, however, you say that you left the previous company because you realized that you disagreed with its principles on a fundamental level, and that you didn’t want to work someplace which you couldn’t feel passionate about, you might be able to turn it around. Specific ways to answer the uncomfortable question might vary, but each of them should be given in a way that incorporates the target company’s values.

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