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6 Tough Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

June 25th, 2013

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Tough job interview questions are one of the reasons so many people dread the interview process. It is not easy to be put on the spot with questions you really have no idea how to answer. As you hear the question you wonder…”What does this person want me to say?” “What is the right answer?” Though it is impossible to know all of the questions you will be asked, it is possible to gather some tips on handling the most common, difficult questions.

#1 – Tell Me About Your Weakness

You came to talk about your job skills and strengths. The last thing you want to do is to tell this person who you want to impress about the things you are not good at. The reality is, no one thinks you are perfect or that you should be. However, answering this loaded question properly is important. Make it a positive for the company. Perhaps you tend to be unorganized, but you counter this by creating email reminders and lists to help you through the day. Spin your weakness into a strength.

#2 – What Happens When Things Go Bad?

Stress is a big factor in the workplace for most employers. An employee losing his or her cool is going to cost the company in one way or another. Because of this, the job interviewer is likely how you handle stress. Be honest, but avoid discussing hitting, smashing, or screaming. You may, instead, want to focus on your ability to calmly assess the situation and, with a cool head, make a calculated decision how to fix the problem at hand. Use past experiences to show how you handle stressful situations.

#3 – When Was the Last Time You Made the Wrong Decision?

There it is again, another negative-focused question. This time, though, you definitely want to show how your decision making process works. The goal here is to determine how you handled the fall out, not necessarily why you made the wrong decision. When answering this question, then, focus on how you solved the problem you created. You handled it quickly and efficiently.

#4 – Are You Honest and Loyal?

Companies often deal with situations involving the ethics of employees. This is why so many have moved towards checking social media sites to really find out who a person is prior to hiring that individual. It is your job, then, to show that you are an honest person and that you are loyal to the company. Be sure that you focus on your ability to make sound decisions and that you have good judgment.

#5 – Tell Me About You

For many people, the hardest question you will have is answering questions about yourself. Who are you? What do you do in your spare time? What are your qualities? Answering these questions can be challenging, but be honest and open. The goal here is often to see what you value the most.

#6 – Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Position?

Don’t spread gossip. Leave out the problems that you are having at your previous employer or the bad situation there. Instead, focus on yourself. You wanted bigger opportunities. You wanted a new challenge. Talk about your previous employer in a positive light because no hiring manager wants to hear you bash the former employer.

If you are looking for jobs in Fairfield county, contact the staffing experts at Concorde Personnel today. We have the experience and network to help you find your next employer.

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The Importance of Your Introduction | Job Seeker Advice

March 26th, 2013

When you introduce yourself to potential employers, the introduction you choose says a lot more about you than you realize. That’s why it’s so important to work on your introductions whether you’re preparing to network, getting job interviews, or are simply working to make your first professional connection among peers.

Here are a few tips to help you nail your introductions and really influence others, including recruiters. 

1)   Keep it low key. You aren’t trying to intimidate anyone with your introduction. More importantly, those who try too hard to impress others with their introductions typically fail. Don’t recite your resume, provide your alma matter, or give a fancy title that no one in the group really understands. Unless you’re in a situation where your job title, college degree, or resume are relevant to the moment, it’s best to leave them out of the introduction. Those things can come later.

2)   Make it about others. One of the best job skills you can develop in life is that of a good listener. There’s so much you can learn from listening. In this instance, there’s so much you can learn from listening. Ask questions when appropriate and listen the rest of the time. They’ll be far more impressed by the things you didn’t say, most of the time, than they would be if you filled in the silences talking only about yourself.

3)   Keep your introductions appropriate to the occasion. Whether it’s a business or social engagement you need to keep your introduction appropriate for the occasion. That will gain you far more respect in the long run than many other types of introductions you may muster.

4)   Avoid an obvious agenda. The longer you’ve been seeking work, the more difficult this becomes. However, there are two things that will almost kill any hope of job prospects coming from an introduction. One is demanding work. The other is begging for it – even in round about manners. The job market has certainly been unkind over the past several years. Take some comfort from the fact that things are beginning to look up for job seekers and look for more creative and inventive ways to introduce yourself to others while still making a favorable first impression.

Don’t prop yourself or attempt to make yourself appear important in your introduction. Instead, offer the torch of friendship and see who takes it willingly. The value of making a connection with another human being may not be one that lands you a job in these trying times. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer something of great value that would have been lost to you without a proper introduction to get things started.

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