Job Interview Tips

Tell me about yourself

The words, "Tell me about yourself," may not be the exact words used - but the question will be there.

Basically, "Who are you?"

You should be able to articulate what you have to offer - particularly, what makes you a good match for the requirements of the job. Give a quick summary of your experience - your strengths - positive feedback you've received - and your interests. Don't just walk them through your resume because the resume reflects what you've done - not who you are.

Do you due diligence in researching the company you are interviewing with. Every candidate with a genuine interest in finding the perfect fit will research and understand the company they are applying for in order to determine if it is the place for them. In addition, researching the company will allow you to ask relevant questions to guide you in your decision making process.

Ask questions... do not be afraid to ask lots of them. The questions you ask not only will give you better insight into the company, but will also give them better insight into you.

What is your greatest weakness?

The most dreaded question of all. Handle this question honestly, because this is the only way to give the employer the opportunity to help you in the development process should you get hired. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits:

Use the Sandwich Technique: (+) Start with positive statement (-) Discuss your weakness (+) End with positive statement

Example: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I take every opportunity to practice speaking before groups and I recently joined Toastmasters which I find very helpful."

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