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Your Job Interview IQ

I read an interesting article today written by C.J. Liu of where she asks us to determine our Job Interview IQ.  She asks some pertinent True/False questions about interviewing and provides good insights with the answers.  I’ve added some of my own at the bottom of this post that I’ve discussed with candidates over the years.  Feel free to use the comment option on this post to add one of your own.

What’s Your Job Interview IQ?

by C.J. Liu,

After networking, sending resumes, and waiting patiently by the phone, all your hard work has paid off with an invitation to interview. But, how do you prepare? What do you wear? And, how should you explain any layoffs or gaps in your resume?

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My additions to her article:

11.  When asked the age-old question of where I see myself in five years, I should say, “in your position.”

False.  It is good to show ambition in your interview and that you seek growth in your career.  However, unless you have really good information on the career path on this job, you’re guessing as to what the plans for this job are.  It is best to stay generic.  Let them know that you would expect in the next five years, you would have grown your skill set, learned their industry well enough to teach others, have enhanced your abilities in working with all types of people (vendors, clients, colleagues, management), and would be positioned well for any new opportunities the company has planned for you.

12.  When asked what is your pet peeve, you tell them you can’t stand people who eat their lunch at their desk and talk endlessly on the phone to their aunt in Tallahassee.

False.  Although this may be true, there is no need to share this pet peeve of yours.  The reality is, this is a trap question. There really is no good “real” answer.  So instead, use humor or a light-hearted comment that has little relevance.  Example: “I hate when I get my coat caught in the car door on the way to work and everyone is pointing at my car on the way in.”  When pressed for more peeves, you can say you’re not the type to get “peeved.”

13.  You’ll sound too desperate if you tell them you really want the job.

True/False.  You’ll sound too desperate if you say it in a begging tone or down on your knees.  But, I always advocate sounding very interested in the job.  During the interview, consider it your best option for a job (you can evaluate this assumption later).  Thinking this way will naturally guide your comments to lean toward enthusiasm, true interest, and excitement about the prospect of working there.  Interviewers gage this and want to hire candidates who really do want to work there, not just be employed.

For more insights on all these questions along with interviewing preparation, etiquette, and strategy for answering interviewing questions, feel free to download my eBooks.


March 17, 2009 - Posted by | Careers, Guest Post, Interviewing 101


  1. […] Your Job Interview IQ […]

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  2. Love the article. Thank you for being such a great resource for the jobseeker!

    Comment by Peggy McKee | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi Jeff! Great article and T/F questions. Job seekers work so hard to land interviews but often neglect the even more critical work of interview preparation. Your article offers really effective tips for job seekers.

    Thanks for sharing it!

    Comment by Kris Plantrich | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. This is great and agree with 1st point, prepare. Cannot believe how many peole I still meet or coach who do get this bit.
    The more prepared you are the rest of these great tips fall in tp place…fear is often driven by lack of prep.
    But also lack of prep re the actual interview – again I coach you must “mind map the interview from the moment you enter the building to when you leave” it is in one sense a performance, treat it as such.

    Great job sir.

    Keith Robinson (aka The Old Brit)

    Comment by keith Robinson | September 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Great advice. Preparation is the first part of the two-pronged approach I suggest in my interviewing guidelines. I like the concept of a mind map–falls in line with the second prong: take ownership.

      Comment by jefflipschultz | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. Great article and great additions! I personally always advised candidates not to be afraid to ask for the job if they want it. In a subtle way, not like “please give me this job!” but there is certainly nothing wrong with a candidate saying they are very interested and would love an opportunity to take on the role.

    As always, a great topic Jeff! 🙂

    Comment by imjustagoyle | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. Good article as usual Jeff. Good stuff for all job seekers to keep in mind. Forgetting or not knowing how to deal with anyone of these things could potentially lose the candidate the job.

    Comment by Gil Vander Voort | September 25, 2009 | Reply

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  8. An excellent article.. and also written very realistically and beautifully. Thanks

    Comment by Jobs | October 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. nice blog, good article, keep it up

    Comment by interview tips | December 24, 2009 | Reply

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