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Answering the Toughest Interview Questions

According to a recent study by GoDaddy, one in four seniors graduating college doesn’t feel ready to enter the job market, with 30% of seniors having the opinion that there aren’t any jobs available at all.

Along with the trepidation many seniors have about the job market overall, interviews can seem stressful due to unknowns: how will they get to the interview? What will their interviewer be like? And the scariest unknown: what questions will be asked?

A recent poll on Job Journey, Express Employment Professionals’ blog for job seekers, asked readers which interview questions they needed help with most. Below are the top three questions job seekers want help with, as well as guidelines for answering them.

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VIDEO: Behaviors Recruiters Look for During an Interview

You’re being tested on more than your experience.

It’s understandable to be nervous during an interview. Recruiters know that. But there are some interview behaviors they look for that could be indicative of soft skills, personal attributes that enable an employee to interact effectively with other people.

That doesn’t mean you should over analyze every word and action you make during the interview, though. To get some outside perspectives we asked a few of our recruiters for the interview behaviors they look for.

 

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Answering the Interview Question: If You Could Change Something about Your Past (Or Current) Job, What Would It Be?”

They just want to get to know you

Many job seekers get stumped by this question because they make it much harder than it needs to be. They either say too little (so they aren’t complaining about a past job), or say too much too much (which can make an interviewer think they were a problem employee).

So long as you’re honest, answering the question can be easy. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be just fine.

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Answering the Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work at Our Company?

Prepare your reasons.

When companies are hiring, they aren’t just looking for the most skilled applicants. While skill is important, interviewers are also looking for culture fit. Folks that mesh with the rest of the employees and stay with the company long-term.

That’s the main reason interviewers ask applicants why they want to work at the company. Your answer should combine a discussion of your skills with your personality and how you fit in with the company in general.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Answering the Interview Question: How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You in Three Words?

The interview is flowing nicely, you’ve aced your answers, and the future looks bright. Until this question pops up: “What three words would your co-workers use to describe you?”

You haven’t thought about it before, so you stumble. You’ve been thinking from your own perspective this whole time, so switching gears to someone else’s point of view is tough.

Avoiding this awkward interview situation is simple: just prepare beforehand. Not sure how? We’ve got you covered.

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Answering the Interview Question: Describe Your Perfect Work Environment/Company Culture

What do you want?

Answering this question requires a bit of preparation. Companies ask this question for two reasons: they want to know what type of work environment you thrive under (so they can see if it matches their own environment), but they also want to make sure you know what you want. That you’re a focused job applicant. (more…)

Answering the Interview Question: What’s Your Most Impressive Accomplishment?

How Do You Choose?

This question differs from “tell me about yourself” in that the interviewer expects a specific, targeted response related to one specific project.

Interviewers ask this question for two reasons: they want a better picture of your abilities, and they want to learn about you personally by seeing what you think is your biggest accomplishment.

But it can be difficult to choose just one accomplishment, especially if you haven’t prepared a response ahead of time. Here’s how to make sure you’re ready for this question.

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