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How To Answer Difficult Interview Questions

May 25, 2008
You should keep in mind that a judgment will be made immediately by your outward appearance. A clean, neat, and professional appearance is a must. Never dress casually. If you are dressed your best, your demeanor will follow suit.

Also, the more applicants there are, the more competition you will have. Below are some tips that will help you ace any interview.

Do your homework.

The interviewer, it may appear has the upper hand, but you should approach each question as an opportunity. First and foremost you must know something about the company. The information you obtain can be crucial to your success and can determine if you will remain in the running for the position.

Check out the company's website. The most pertinent and useful facts will be found on the company's website. You should know the name of the CEO and their basic infrastructure.

What other facts are important? Well, you should know what products and/or services they offer. Find out where the company headquarters are located. Learn the locations of independent branches and who operates them. This information gives you leveraging power and it is wise to use it to your advantage. Once the interviewer learns that you have researched their company, they know that you have invested your time and that should serve you both well if you are hired.

Your research will help to answer the "Why do you want to work here" question that every applicant dreads. The information that you have learned about the company can be used to link their needs of their company and your skills together.

This is one of the most effective ways you can let the interviewer know you have done your homework.

Offer Compliments

At the right time during the interview offer compliments for the company's accomplishments. Be careful and don't overdo it. Subtle compliments at key points in the interviewing process can set you apart from your fellow interviewees.

Use Your Wits

While you want your interviewer to know that you are genuinely interested in the position, you don't want to reveal everything about yourself. After all, the goal is to make the interviewer curious enough to want to give you a closer look and not scare him/her off.

Never tell the interviewer that you are looking to change jobs to increase your salary. Such revelations only give the impression that you are fickle and are always on the prowl for more money. Employers want to know that you will return the investment that they will be making by hiring you.

Be Honest

It is pointless to try and convince the interviewer that you have skills you cannot deliver. If you don't have experience in a particular area then say that you are not familiar with that area but you are more than willing to learn. Doing so tells the interviewer that you are honest and willing to learn new things.

Think before you speak! If you present yourself confidently then others will see that too. Remember: a healthy dose of confidence can go a long way.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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