Tag Archives: Interviewing

The First Question in an Interview

I'm an Intel Analyst....Tell me about yourself.

And so the interview begins. The interviewer asks this ice breaker question as much to start a conversation as to actually learn about the job seeker sitting in front of him or her.

The question: “So why don’t you tell me about yourself?” is generally considered the most frequently asked interview question. Not a particularly good question by a long shot, nevertheless it is most commonly asked in order to get the conversation – the interview – going.

And while appearing on the surface to be a simple question to answer, in fact, it not only throws many candidates but throws them right out of the…

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What’s Your Greatest Strength

“What’s your greatest strength?” asks the interviewer.

“Well, mmmm. . . , I would say I’m . . . uh,” stumbles the interviewee.

Your Greatest StrengthA missed opportunity to succinctly and reasonably tell your interviewer a couple of your key attributes that make you stand out from the crowd and why hiring you would be a good thing!

This frequently asked interview question throws a lot of interviewees as much as its closely related cousin: What’s your greatest weakness? On the surface, it shouldn’t. It seems it should be the easier of the two questions. But it throws a lot of job seekers anyway. It seems…

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3 Interviewing Tips for Transitioning Military

URS talking to a transitioning military service memberMany military members have difficulty in interviews. In various programs, I have heard those who were sure that they were “too intense” for civilians when interviewing and those who worried about whether they could answer questions effectively.

In mock interviews with transitioning military many coaches find few who can present their skills and knowledge in terms the hiring manager will understand. In talking with recruiters and hiring managers, this same problem is commonly mentioned.

Tip 1: Learn the Language

It is your job to translate your past into the future you want. As you study the work you seek to do next, look at the words that are used. Read…

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Most Frequently Asked Interview Question – What’s Your Biggest Weakness

“What’s your biggest weakness?” asks the interviewer.

“Well, um, I guess it would be….” stumbles the interviewee.

What's Your Biggest WeaknessAnd, the rest as they say is history. A history of missed opportunities due to lack of a credible and reasonable response to one of the most frequently asked interview questions: What’s your biggest weakness?

A lot of interviewers ask this not particularly good interview question. They ask it as much to see how you handle this question as to actually hear your response.

Responses to “What’s your biggest weakness?” have ranged from irrelevant to the embarrassing to bordering on the illegal. Some candidates, feeling helpless and without a…

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Nine Cardinal Rules of Interviewing

Rules for InterviewingHundreds, and probably thousands of rules, guidelines, and guides have been written about how to interview. Some are more helpful than others. However ignoring the Rules of Interviewing listed below can ruin your chance of getting a cleared job!

Rule # 1 Never answer a question you don’t understand. Ask the interviewer for clarification.

Rule # 2 When an interviewer asks you a question, figure out the purpose behind the question and then answer accordingly. True for any question but especially so for those that touch on or covertly allude to sensitive areas such as age, religion, race, gender, politics, etc.

Rule # 3 Do not answer any question in…

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