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Prepare for Challenging and Unexpected Job Interview Questions

Posted by on 03.15.17

There's nothing more unsettling than a curveball interview question that catches you off guard. Interviews are already nerve-wracking. Who enjoys feeling like they are under a microscope, being scrutinized and interrogated? So what can you do to feel confident and empowered during your upcoming job interview? Learn how the interview process works and the types of questions you can anticipate.

Expect the unexpected. It is easy to get derailed if you haven't prepared for your interview. And preparing means more than printing your resume and picking the right outfit. You need to know what to expect before you walk into the interview. Be sure to ask questions when scheduling the interview. Ask who you will be meeting with, how long the interview will last and if you'll need to bring anything other than your resume. Also find out what the format of the interview will be. In other words, will it be a panel interview or will you only be speaking with human resources? Employers are making candidates jump through more hoops, such as delivering a presentation or taking a skills test. The more you know about the process, the fewer surprises there will be.

Gear up and begin preparing your answers. You'll want to prepare for all the traditional interview questions like "Tell me about yourself," "What are your salary requirements?" "Tell me about a time when ... " and "Why should we hire you?" The best way to prepare for your upcoming job interview is to practice all your answers out loud. When you just practice in your head, it doesn't have the same effect. Also speak to people you know who may be able to offer insight on the company's interview process, people you will be meeting or give you the inside scoop on what the job really entails.

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