Position yourself for a powerful job interview

Five articles to help you ace the job interview.

Job interview

This week’s roundup brings you articles to help you overcome job interview awkwardness, breeze through odd questions and position yourself as a powerful candidate.

  • 5 HR experts share their favorite interview question to ask Nisha Raghavan: “Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone you did not personally like.’The answer to this question can tell you volumes about the type of people the candidate enjoys working with, who they don’t enjoy working with, and how they handle uncomfortable situations. All great things to know when evaluating how someone will acclimate into your corporate culture.,’ says, Sharlyn Lauby”
  • 5 Questions to Ask During Your Job Interview Mashable: “Tenzyk warns candidates about becoming preoccupied with the power structure in an interview. Just because you’re looking for a job, it doesn’t mean you can’t show excitement about a position and ask the interviewer about how the company would measure your success if hired. ‘Within context, there’s no presumption in asking questions like, “If today is my 90th day on the job, what criteria are you looking at to determine if I’ve been successful?’”she says. ‘This information gives you the ability ahead of time to ask yourself if you’re capable of accomplishing the company’s goals for your position.’”
  • How To Ace 10 Of The Most Common Interview Questions Forbes: “Job seekers need to anticipate less conventional queries, and that they should think of them as an opportunity to demonstrate their thought process, to communicate their values and character, and to show the prospective employer how they perform under pressure. But as it turns out, most companies will ask more common interview questions like ‘What are your strengths?’ and ‘What are your weaknesses?’—and it’s important that you prepare well for those, too.”
  • 3 Ways to Shoot Yourself in the Foot at a Job Interview U.S. News & World Report: “Interviewers need to ascertain that you have the specific skills and experiences necessary to succeed in the position. But they really want to know more than that. If you don’t know yourself, and can’t convey who you are through compelling stories that demonstrate your personality, intelligences and “what makes you tick,” you will set yourself up for interview failure.”
  • 5 Interview Skills That Will Get You Hired Business News Daily: Most people are afraid to ask an interviewer to clarify his or her question, said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of job listing website FlexJobs. You might worry that the interviewer will think you weren’t paying attention, but ensuring that you thoroughly understand the question can really help you give a thoughtful, relevant response.”
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