Your Job Interview IQ
I read an interesting article today written by C.J. Liu of Payscale.com 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.
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?
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.
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