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Job Interview Secrets: Your Guide To Master Every Interview!

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Welcome to World Class Interviewing - How to Craft the Perfect Answers

    • 2. What are Interviewers looking for!

    • 3. How to Answer to the Open Ended Question

    • 4. 3 Steps to Perfect Interview Answers

    • 5. Find the Question Behind the Question

    • 6. Find the Plain English Answer

    • 7. Polish to Perfection

    • 8. What’s Your Biggest Weakness?

    • 9. Quick Recap - Answering Interview Questions

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About This Class

Job Interviewing is a learned skill.

Very few people are "naturally" good interviewees.

What transform a person from an interviewee into someone who gets the job can be summed up with the following five phrases:

- good interviewees understand the interview process and have anticipated the questions they will be asked;

- good interviewees have researched the company, the job demands, the field, and the interviewer, and use that information to their advantage during interviews;

- good interviewees have a thorough knowledge of what they can offer an employer, what they want from employers, and what sets them apart from the competition;

- good interviewees have invested time and energy in building powerful interview responses, and they practice answering common interview questions;

- good interviewees are persistent. They follow up after interviews, send thank-you notes, and refuse to accept rejection without learning something from it.

The information in this course addresses each of the preceding points.

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Silviu Marisca

Fast Reader, LifeHacker


True success in life happens when you take action on a daily basis. In other words, it's your habits that help you achieve goals and live the life you've always wanted.

In his courses, Silviu provides a daily action step for every area of your life: entrepreneurship, health, work and personal relationships. Unlike other personal development programs, his content focuses on taking action. So instead of watching and reading over-hyped strategies that rarely work in the real-world, you'll get information that can be immediately implemented.

Silviu's quest is helping people make their journey in life by asking questions and searching for the answers. Words have the power to reshape our thinking and help us discover new talents or to break the resistance to success. This passio... See full profile

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1. Welcome to World Class Interviewing - How to Craft the Perfect Answers: thank you for joining this program, and I would like to welcome you for the word class interviewing how to create the perfect answers toe the toughest interview questions. Here's what we're going to cover throughout this program. We're going to learn the art off world class interviewing. I know this is a bold promise, the one where I tell you that I'm going to help you develop a framework that's going toe Answer possibly and virtually every possible interview question that you can get. And I feel pretty comfortable with that because I know what I am doing. I was into both places as an interviewer and as an interviewee. I applied for jokes for academic scholarships, and also I helped my manager, my people manager, throughout the interviewing process, and I know what it is asked. I am speaking from the perspective over project manager who currently works for a Fortune 500 company, so I am pretty confident about my skills and what I'm going to tell you throughout this course. Before we start, I want to make a very, very important point. Interviewing is a skill. You can practice it, you can tweak it, and you can improve your interviewing skills, period. You know, in general, people dismiss interviewing often as something that's just innate. You need to be born with those qualities to meet the expectations off an interview, they will say phrases like I'm just not good at interviews. What happens is they let that assumption rule their attitude. And when I ask them, what have you done to improve your interview skills? They often just give me a blank stare in response, because environmental model, they don't even think that interview can be a skill. It's Ivor something you have were you don't have in their conception. And as you're going to see, that is simply not true. Anyone can get dramatically better at interviewing off course at the absolute top levels. Obviously very some innate differences. But anyone can practice those skills and get quite good at interviewing. I want to tell you something very important. You can't trick anyone by going into an interview and using some really smooth fancy words . You will quickly be discovered. He no hiring managers are extremely smart. The process is designed to separate those who are prepared from votes aren't and the truth is that Most people could see dramatic results by simply understanding the needs off the hiring manager and communicating why they are a great fit. No, please make no mistake. This is hard work. In fact, in some ways, understanding the needs off the organization and the hard manager can often be harder than developing your own skills. So please don't listen to those who tell you. Oh, practicing an interview is pointless. It's a waste of time. Do you think it's all about? Are you good? Do you have experienced? Well, that's part off it. But we all know people who have great experience, a great experience if they are really good at what they're doing. And they perform terribly in interviews. And the fact of the matter is, if you ask them, have ever practiced an interview, the answer will almost certainly be no. Now, let's jump into the next lesson. What our interviewers really looking for. It's an extremely interesting Fido Seaver and thank you 2. What are Interviewers looking for!: what our interviewers really looking for. Now it's important to understand the interviewer stayed off mind before I even get started on this slide. Consider how different this is from most candidates. When this candidates walk into an interview room, they actually give close to zero foot about the interviewer state off mind. They're only focused on themselves. They walk in the report as so questions, and they never even understand the game being played around them. So instead of focusing on ourselves with the I I syndrome, let's actually take a minute to think about the person who could potentially be hiring us. What is their state off mind? What are very looking for? So at this point, they are curious. They want to get to know you a little better. And I'm starting from the premise that you have a very good resume. Perhaps you use several high competence triggers to get invited Include the interview. Maybe you got invited through a warm connection. Or maybe your V I P marketing metiers were so good that they were compelled to invite you in for an interview. In any case, they are curious. They want to know a little bit more about you and your competence. Here is an important thing to note. The's interviewers have jobs as well, especially when you are talking toe a hiring manager or a potential Pierre. This is very, very important. They want to get back to their job. They actually want for you to succeed so they can check that box. Great. We found someone. Mood. Let me get back to work so I can start hitting my goals. They have their own goals, very own agenda, their own deadlines. And each hour they spend interviewing someone is an hour spent away from their desk from their work. No. On the other hand, why even do an interview? If they were really just looking for the best person with the best experience? Why not just have them work for an hour or two? Well varies a reason for that. That's because interviews aren't simply on assessment off your skills. Your actual technical skills are important, as I said, but they're not the whole thing that everyone is looking in an interview. In fact, very something else. Very looking to test your behavior. This is a critical distinction. Let me say it again they're not simply looking toe. Assess your skills in an interview. We're actually testing your behavior. This is so critical that I want to spend some time on it. See, in the next lesson where we're going to talk about this idea interviews past your behavior . See you there. 3. How to Answer to the Open Ended Question: thing. Discuss about the dreaded open ended questions. Your responses to interview questions will dwarf any other factor in the interview, including your experience. Your responses to interview questions can be more important than the other factors in the interview, including your experience. There are people who say, If you're good at what you do, you will be recognized Well, no, you could be great at what to do. But if you can't communicate it persuasively, venue might as well be invisible. So in terms of questions that you will receive very some purely factual questions. Do you have experiencing X? Where have you ever done ABC process? I'm not so concerned about that. I want to talk about questions that people struggle with, and those stand to be open ended questions where there is no clear answer. Let me give you a few examples. Tell me about herself. Why do you want to work here? Were telling me a time when dot, dot, dot These questions will come up. But here's something interesting. Few things will make you stand out more than a thing each and every one off these open ended questions, and once you understand how to answer this challenging, open ended questions. You can actually apply them too many over questions. So, in other words, I'm going to show you how to master this stuff. Interview questions, and then you can use the same framework, the same model to apply to virtually all over interview questions you get. So we ended this introduction, and now we are going to start with the free steps to perfect interview answers. See in the next lesson. 4. 3 Steps to Perfect Interview Answers: thing. I think about it. The top performer. Candidates don't even wait to get to the interview. They are already scenario planning it out before they ever sit down. So I want to present right now the free step method that I used to give the perfect response toe. Almost any question. Number one. Find the question behind the question number to find the plain English answer and number free Polish to perfection. So let's look at each office in detail, and then I will walk you through some really life examples. Let's start with the first step. Find the question behind the question. 5. Find the Question Behind the Question: Theo first step in preparing the perfect interview. Find the question behind the question. Now the toughest interview questions seem like they're asking one thing while they're actually asking another. And that is the question behind the question. Whenever you get an open ended question, you should immediately be thinking, Why are they really asking me this? I remember reading a book on military strategy and one off the things that the offer said was when your commander whispers, treat it as a shout And what he really meant is when anyone respect or care about, whisper something or says something, even an off handed comment. Really? Listen, let's take a look at some examples. Tell me about yourself. The average performer thinks I don't know. Where should I begin? Let's start at the top and then, sure, he goes chronologically through a list off everything they have done, a top performer things. They want to know who I am professionally and more importantly, why I am here now and why they should care. And I'm going to show you how this plays out in practice. But right now this is just an example off the question behind the question let's continue going on a little bit deeper. A great way to uncover the question behind the question is to think what is very concerned . What are they worried about? So, for example, if they say, why did you drop out off the low school? What do you think very Carson is? Take five seconds. A large concern would be. Do you actually have any perseverance, or do you just quit? But the first sign of trouble? So you better be ableto answer that, and it is very, very important. And you better have a good reason for why you dropped out off law school, for example. And this question can be applied to many areas off professional life. So what I'm going to talk about is looking at the concerns. What are they really concerned about? Is it the rack flag on your resume? Have they been burned by someone else like you, or do they just want to see how you handle a vac question? In other words, are you going to ramble on and on, or do you have a crisp answer? I think carefully about what they want to find out, not simply jump into answering their questions were making yourself sound good. It's a classic, classic response that when someone is asked a question, particularly when they have some water off a weakness as an answer, people immediately start getting defensive. But because it is an interview, they do it in a somewhat weird way. They will start saying things like, You know, Well, yeah, etcetera So there ways to prepare for that and we're going to talk about later on during this program in terms off, practicing Now again, this is very challenging at first, remember, Not only now do you have to perfect your plain English answer your diction, your tone, your body language. Now you have to figure out what the interview is, really asking the question behind the question. But even with that said, there is nothing like being in the real interview and facing it in the field and then getting out of there and riding down what you noticed. What did you do? Good and bad? What could you do to improve next time? Now let's continue with the second step in preparing your best interview. Find the plain English answer. See there and thank you 6. Find the Plain English Answer: way. Let's move on to the second step, and that is to find the plain English answer. I'm going to explain this step with our previous example. Why do you want this job? And here is what an ever to performer things. Well, I want this job so I can make money, Dani. Oh, but I can't say that I better make up something about corporate values of these kind of things. And if you are going to think in this way, I ask you to stop right here, You for making up something about corporate values. You will instantly be detected as a throat if the hiring manager is experienced enough. So please don't lie. It simply doesn't work at the higher level. On the other hand, there is always a better option. I wanted to really think about that. Would you ever honestly say, I really love this corporate values off course not. And it sounds ridiculous here. So, please, before you try to come up with some boring example, that might sound good from your perspective and that you think will impress someone. Just take a minute to think about all your potential answers in very plain English for Let's take a look at some more votes right now. What are all over through reasons that you might want to work for that company. Let's take a look at some potential answers. I need the money. I hate my boss. The company does great work. There are many smart people here. I think I can do a good job. All of this might be true, but on Li, the latter free are acceptable. The company does a great word there. A lot of smart people here. I think I can do a good job now. Your answers must be positive and professional. This sounds obvious, but at least 40% off the interview responses are unprofessional and or negative. For example, people trying to be funny when they're not really funny or whether they shouldn't be funny like the interviewer asks them a serious question. And they reply with jokes. From my perspective, I'm like, Look, first of all, you are not funny at all And second of all, even if you were, this is no the time and place. This is definitely not a stand up comedy show. The ordinary candidates are not using safe tested jokes. We're just saying bad jokes that they would tell after five shots not going to go. And often times ordinary candidates give way too much information during an interview, they will say, Well, you know, when I first started when I had a medical disorder, I had this problem and event. It was really started to get flacking, and I'm like, Why are telling you this really why this happens? And it happens more frequently that you would think so in a very simple way. I'm telling you, your answers must be positive and professional. That's why I put that here. So here's what it might look like in plain English again. No first language. I want to work here because the company does a great job who are a lot of smart people, and I think I can do a good job. Nothing fancy about this. Just plain English, the plain English answer. It's already better than most. No, we just need to take it to the next level. And this is the first step polished to perfection. Thank you very much and see you there. Polish your answer. The perfection 7. Polish to Perfection: strategy. Number three Polish stupor. Faxon. So again, let's refresh ourselves and take a look at what we have so far. Why do you want this job? In other words, are you actually interested in us? Where did you just apply here? Randomly for a job. The plain English answer. I want to work here because the company does great work. There are a lot of smart people, and I think I can do a good job. Okay, that answer is decent, but it's not really poor. For as stated, what you need is a unique and compelling story to really make a nim packed. Please notice better story when it is told. Well, it could instantly elevate you in the eyes off the interviewer. So here's what I do. I usually tell a 30 to 60 seconds story using this basic formula. I'm going to start broad. I'm going to set the state with some high level by ground just so they know what I'm about to do. Why am I asking the question? The way I'm answering it, then I'm going to get really specific. I'm going to tell a really short, specific story with only the relevant details. And then finally, I'm going to go back up. I'm going to get brought again and highlight of both takeaways. Let me give you an example. Here is what that Polish answer might look like. You know, I want to work at X Y, said company, for freaky reasons. First, you are doing amazing life changing work in the field off acts. Second, I'm confident I can make a huge contribution, given my experience in why and Fert, you have some off the smartest people in the world working for you. And that really excites me from an intellectual, an intellectually stimulating perspective. Now that last point in particular is a huge deal for me. You will notice that I have a history off actively seeking out and working with the top people in my field. Such a speeder. Smith were Alexandra, though, who really pushed me to accomplish that Bottom line. I thrive in environments field with smart, ambitious people, and that's why I would love to be a part off ex wives, that team and this is a basic formula, a basic example off what you could do if you walked in there and you had script it out. But I want to highlight what's going on here because you can always make it more natural later for practice. So please don't be as concerned. Like I would never use the phrase smart, ambitious people. You know what? I wouldn't use that phrase, Ivor. Probably I would become more casual. But this is something where even if you said it with some practice, it could come off as natural. So let's unpack. What's going on here? Notice all the competence figures, so it's positive. It's professional and it's genuine. It's crisp and co size with no non essential details. And finally, the ones that are included there are engaging and impressive. So, for example, Peter Smith or Alexandra Dope in this example are probably pretty impressive people that the interviewer knows. And when I say there really brushed me, toe accomplishes that that is probably going to be something pretty impressive. They pushed me to accomplish raising our conversion rate 15% improving sales, saving the company acts amount of dollars, whatever it may be. No, By the way, did you notice some over supper points? Did you notice tonality or was it all monetary? Let me give you two examples. Two readings office. The last point in particular is a huge deal for me. You will notice I have a history off actively seeking out and working with the top people in my field like Peter Sniff and Alexander, though who really pushed me toe accomplishes that or this one. You know, that last point in particular is actually a huge deal for me. You will notice that I have a history off actively seeking out and working with the top people in my field, like Alexander Dough and Peter Smith there really pushed me to accomplish set Notice the difference in those two things that tonality can make a huge difference. Maybe the second example might sound a little bit dramatic all but don't worry. Practice your ass or before with this kind of tonality, and your answers will come out naturally during the interview. And by natural I mean positive energy. If you have questions around this interview practicing, please email me were open a discussion, and I will answer to your questions promptly. Now let's move on with another example. What's your biggest weakness? See, there 8. What’s Your Biggest Weakness?: What's your biggest weakness? All right, Before I start, what do you think the interviewer is really asking? What is the question behind the question when they ask, What is your biggest weakness? Miss, take 10 seconds. All right, I'm back. Now, most people answer this question with a really weird week. Lane answer like I worked too hard work. I have a problem saying no to responsibility. Look, these are not winning answers. Hiring managers are not stupid. They have heard this things a 1,000,000 times before. You at least. So here is what you are going to do. Instead, you are going to find the question behind the question. Now, recall what you just fought off a few seconds ago. I would argue that they are asking, Are you aware off your witnesses and what do you do to address them? That's what they want to know. Top performers know that they have witnesses. In fact, they are unusually candid about that. But in essence, they will say things like when I first started off, I was pretty new and I just really wanted to soak everything up and over time I found that I was very, very good at analytics. I really had a 14 gift off being able to see behind the numbers. But with that said, there are also some areas that I know I need to work on. For example, managing people I haven't really managed to that many people and visceral since I was promoted two years ago, I have found for director reports and honestly, it's a challenge every day. I have to figure out what the best way to motivate them, to listen to them, to learn and to tell the truth. I'm probably not the best manager I know that. And so even in my annual reports and my annual plans that is serving that I would consider my biggest challenge and something that I actively working on in a couple off ways, one by going toe a management summit free times a year. That's something that actually specifically requested that my both allow me to do. And the second thing is by collecting free 160 degrees feedback to make sure that all the things I think I'm doing, I'm actually doing with my director reports okay, I know I sound a little bit dramatically theoretical, but this is what a good answer should be like. Listen to it. Write it down. Adapted to your own circumstance and practice. Practice, practice, practice until it will become natural to you until you will become familiar with your own words. Now the point I want to make is that top performers are unusually candid about their weaknesses. Why? Because they know very good at a few things. And those few things tend to be things that the hiring managers are looking for. But we are also very open that they are not great at everything. Now I'm talking about senior level CEOs, even off Fortune 100 companies. If you read interviews with them, were very candid, very sincere. But they're not the battered everything, and we're actively trying to get better. So I want you to go in with that mindset. But it's OK not to be the past. Everything. In fact, it's OK to admit your weakness is because that is actually ah, high competence trigger. So let's continue digging in on this. Please brainstorm potash in plain English answers here are free options off. Your biggest weakness is I have poor time management. Don't say this. I'm not really good at what I do. This is also back. How about this one? I've only worked for one company most of my career. This'll is all right. Why? Well, for one, it's true. It is a weakness. But it's not a crippling weakness, but least one automatic, no higher. For example. I'm not really good at what I do. That would be, perhaps, shall we say, a bad thing to say. And most importantly, it lays the groundwork for you to explain how you are trying to overcome your witness. So if only these free things are your only options have poor time management. I'm not really good at what I do, and I've only worked for one company most of my career. Clearly, the last one is the best option in plain English, so let's see how we can polish that up. Let's polish it to perfection. I've only worked for one company, most off my career, and again I will be a little bit dramatically in my total voice. My biggest weakness is that I have spent the majority of my career working for one company , and in some ways that can really limit my perspective. now off course. I've worked in a variety off departments, and in fact, I was promoted faster than anyone else to run X y set. But I'm really ready to take what I've learned toe a different culture and industry, and that's why I'm here. Now you see the difference instead off, starting with the standard non answer, you are actually being very forthright. You are tackling it honestly, you're being totally open about it. That is what hiring managers wants to see. Now again, notice the flow. You are going to start with a broad answer. You are going to give some crispy tales. Then you are going to immediately go into the takeaways. All in just two. Or free Santis is I wanted to start with to were free sentences because it forces you to be very crisp. Now. If it were me giving this answer in an interview, I would probably take close to double or triple the amount of time. One of the things that I wanted to learn in interviews. For some answers, you can go quite slowly on and in offers. You really want to be very crisp about it. Answer. Steak two or three times as long as in a typical interview. But my point here is that this answer that I've just presented to you, it seems a little short and that is intentional. I want to get used to give increase answers like this and what you're able to do that with practice. Then you can expand and fill in with a little bit more detail later on, especially during the interview. Finally, it's an advanced technique. Notice that I've mentioned something about your rapid promotion. Now your interviewer can ask you about your weaknesses, but she where he can't stop you from talking about your strength, even in an answer about weaknesses. Now, in the next lesson, we're going to have a quick recap to answering interview questions on. Once we finish with that, we're going to start with for practicing part. How to practice your interviews, how to be very good at them. See you in the next lesson. Thank you very much. 9. Quick Recap - Answering Interview Questions: Ah, quick recap. What do we call for so far? Let's review the framework, which you can use to answer the toughest interview questions that you're going to encounter during the interviews. And, of course, you can use this same one to answer other questions. Here is it. Find the question behind the question, find the plain English answer and then bullish it to perfection. No, it's look like a lot, but in reality this actually takes place in a matter off seconds. That is the basic fury behind answering tough interview questions. But there is a big difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it in practice . And this is what we're going to cover in the following lessons. So let's start.