10 Steps to Acing the Job Interview
If you’d prefer to get started with a free resource before paying for a coach or a program, this tutorial is designed to get you up and running with the basics for acing your next interview (in ten easy lessons).
1. How to Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”
Your elevator pitch that gives the interviewer a quick idea of who your are – for better or worse.
2. How to Answer: “Describe Your Current (or Most Recent) Position”
One of the easier questions to answer – but you’ll still need to use it to highlight your job-relevant greatness.
3. How to Answer: “Why are you looking for a new opportunity now?”
The question that can either put your interviewer at ease or raise serious red flags.
4. How to Answer: “What are your strengths?”
Your chance to toot your own horn – but make sure to do it artfully. Being able to do 20 pull-ups does not count as a strength.
5. How to Answer: “What is your greatest weakness?”
A question that can sink you unless you’re careful. Obviously, “I work too hard” is not the answer.
The above is a more in-depth version of the older article: How to Answer: “What are your weaknesses?”
6. How to Answer: “Why do you want to work here?”
Repeat after me: Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money”
7. How to Answer: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Possibly one of the silliest questions – but it requires an artful and diplomatic answer.
8. How to Answer: “Why should we hire you?”
The money question. “Why” indeed. This is where you need to spend a ton of time thinking about the role, the competencies, and how you’re the perfect fit.
9. How to Answer: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Your questions here can either leave a strong, lasting impression on the interviewer, or make you come across as clueless. Here are some good questions to think about.
10: The Guide to Nailing Phone Interviews
Before a face-to-face, you typically have a phone screen you need to get through. Here are some tips for getting through to the next round.
BONUS: The Ten Commandments of Job Interviews
Follow these commandments and they may lead you to the promised land – or promised cubicle (same thing).