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Job Interviews: The Top 10 Questions to Prepare for on Every Job Interview PLUS BONUSES

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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19 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Top 10 Questions To Prepare For Intro 0002

      3:11
    • 2. The Best Question To Ask on Any Interview

      4:17
    • 3. Tell Me About Yourself The Standard Answer

      3:25
    • 4. Tell Me About Yourself The Advanced Answer

      2:25
    • 5. Why Do You Want to Work for Us

      2:02
    • 6. What Are Your Weaknesses

      3:09
    • 7. Where Do You See Yourself 5 Years from Now

      3:05
    • 8. Why Do You Want to Work for Us

      2:02
    • 9. Aren't You Overqualified

      3:02
    • 10. What Makes You Think You Are The Most Qualified Person for This Job

      1:01
    • 11. What's More Important The Money or The Work

      2:04
    • 12. Why Should I Hire You

      2:41
    • 13. Why Shouldn't I Hire You

      2:23
    • 14. Why Should I Hire You When I Could Promote Someone

      1:58
    • 15. Why Have You Had So Many Jobs

      2:45
    • 16. Are You Interviewing

      4:31
    • 17. How to Answer Illegal Questions

      2:47
    • 18. What Makes You Think You Are The Most Qualified Person for This Job

      1:01
    • 19. Why Were You Fired

      2:22

About This Class

If you are like most job hunters, you have been "winging it," figuring out how to answer questions as you are asked. This trial and error approach to interviewing has resulted in you missing out on a lot of jobs you really wanted to have.

I want to help you become much more successful with interviewing. Here, I provide you with the way to answer the top 10 questions asked on interviews, including two ways to answer, "Tell Me About Yourself," "Why Should I Hire You When I could Promote Someone," "Why Should I Hire You," and "Why Shouldn't I Hire You," and more.

There are several bonus questions I include but best of all, in addition to these top questions, I give you the best question you should ask on any interview and tell you when to ask it.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do

Once you know the title of the lesson, answer it as you would have and then listen to my answer. 

Then practicePracticing how to answer the question will help you deliver the answer perfectly on interviews.

Great athletes in every sport practice. 

So should you.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter filled more than 1200 positions plus consulting assignments throughout the United States, evaluated more than 750,000 resumes and coached many more people on how to effectively interview. I am the host of, "No BS Job Search Advice Radio” and “Job Search Radio,” the #1 and #2 podcasts for episodes about job search, written eight books and more than a dozen other guides to job hunting plus created thousands of YouTube videos about job search.

 

Transcripts

1. Top 10 Questions To Prepare For Intro 0002: Hi, I'm Jeff Opened the big game hunter. I'm called the Big Game Hunter. It stands for my time doing recruiting where I used to hunt down leaders and staff organizations and did it for more than 40 years. I'm the head coach for job search coaching. H q dot com A site where have curated information that you could watch, listen to read. It's going to help you find work more quickly. Plus, in addition, I coach and their discounts on my coaching services through that site. So again, that's job, so coaching. H q dot com Now this class is very simple. It deals with basic interview questions that you're going to be asked on many, many interviews and includes things like Tell Me about Yourself in two versions, a standard one Dittemore advanced. It has things like, What are your weaknesses and much more? It's titled 10 Questions to Prepare for, But in While, Honestly, there more than 10 questions there. I included some bonuses for you, things that you order prepare for Aziz Well, because, frankly, companies ask these questions. They asked them very regularly. So take the time to watch the bonuses Also take the time toe watch. The video called The best question to ask on any interview it really is. And I started off the class with that because I believe that that's an attention getter from with every person who asked that question, they can see that the employer, the interviewer, where that's an HR or a hiring manager really responds well and starts to treat them completely differently than the nice, obedient job applicant. So again, watch that video in particular and practice that Let me get Let the practice Most job hunters going on interviews, and it's as though they're hearing these questions for the first time it if you practice, if you don't just watch these, but you watch and then practice, you will be far more effective than average Jane or average Joe or the average person who comes in. And just here's the question and makes up their rants. Our on the spot. Great athletes along practice, right? No matter what the sport is, they all practice, and you here are gonna Foshan like a great athlete and practice your answers to these questions so that when you get out on the practice field, when you get out there and interview. You're able to perform at a high level. Yeah, If you're interested in my coaching, you reach out to me again. The best way is gonna be through job search coaching h dot com. But if you want to reach out to me directly, go to the big game 100 dot Us. There are tams on the top that will tell you have to hire me for different services. Yeah, I hope you find this helpful and let's get going. 2. The Best Question To Ask on Any Interview: What is the single best question you should ask on any interview, and when should you ask it? Real? Simple. Well, let me start off with what a typical interview seems like. It's someone. So for them going tell me about yourself and you Do you play in the view karate for a while . They throw up a question at just like a punch, and you've got a block it away and they throw another one up and you've gotta use a hip. Check that to throw them over your shoulder, back and forth, back and forth. If you're a profession where there's in depth questions that could be asked, they'll get to that. And eventually, so did any questions for us. You know something about the job they do that you go. That's interesting. I'm interested. Great. We'll get back to you. That's a typical interview. What do you tell you? What the single best question is? What they asked, You know, you walk in and sit down, and as you lower your butt in the chair before they have a chance to speak, you go. Thanks so much for making time to meet with me tonight. You know, I review the position disruption, and it was really interesting to me, but I want to get your take on the job. Could you tell me about the position as you see it where I can do to help Boyne? What that does is instead of waiting for the end of the interview to ask him about the job . You do it at the beginning of the interview before they get roller. And you do that because at the end of the interview, there's really nothing you can do with that information. But sometimes, even if you've seen the job description, they've kind of changed a little bit. The thoughts of have morphed, and they start looking at it differently, and they never change the requirements. So even if you got this description from a recruiter, it may be slightly different. Wrong. So by asking this question, I took a look at the job description and it was really interesting to me. But I want to get your take on the job. Could you tell me about the position is you see that what I can do to help you. You get the information at the beginning when you can use it. So every time they're asking you a question, you want to tailor your answer to what matters to them and not just talk about what you've done, but talk about what you've done that relates to what they're looking for from you. So this gives you a huge advantage from your competition. Were just sitting there like lumps, waiting for the end to ask about the job that you get this information to begin it when you can use how. But there's one small problem and that is now that you can't ask about the job at the end, you need to be prepared with questions to replace the one about the job, right? So who's what should do when they say somebody of your questions about Forest here? You said Job seems great to be really interested. I do have a couple of questions. His business question number one. Let's say I enjoy What are your expectations? What? What would I be doing the 1st 30 60 90 days and what was your expectations of me when I come on board? Great. If you find out that there are reasonable expectations, isn't it better to know before you join, right? So that's one question you could ask. Here's a 2nd 1 Have done this in another video, but I'm just trying to consolidate everything here. Let's say I joined and it's a year from them. I haven't just done a good job. Is that a spectacular job, if not the best? But maybe one of the best you've ever seen someone perform? What would I have accomplished during that year that would cause you to write such a review , Buoying right off the bed? It lets them know that you're interested in doing great work, not average, and it's again giving them an idea off of you. And it's getting you the an idea of what you'll be doing over that first year that would cause you to be an extraordinary employees. It's a great question. Hope you like it. I hope you used these in your entities 3. Tell Me About Yourself The Standard Answer: today I want to talk with you about that classic job interview question that's asked on almost every interview. So tell me about yourself of what you've been doing professional, that they may not use those exact words, but they're gonna ask you some general, open ended question that allows you to take the bull on either run with it a trip yourself up. So to run with it, you need to be prepared with an answer that lasts about 30 to 45 seconds. That speaks to the nature of the job that they trying to fill and demonstrates that you can do it. So here's a typical answer to that question. Well, I've been in the field now for whatever the number of years is, and for the about past two years I've been working for someone. So where I've done this, that this and that and the this and that that you've done is exactly what they're looking for pretty darn close. So if they're trying to find a job developer with certain skills, you tell them what you've done there relates to what they're looking for. You see, they're not looking for some big overview. What they're trying to do is to get an idea as to whether or not what you've done fits into what they're trying to have done. So you might be an accountant and say, Well, I've been accountant there for the last five years. For the last three years, I've been doing temporary assignments for different organizations where I've been involved with and you talk about what you've done that relates to what they're looking for. It's really that simple that once you've given them that outline, once you've rehearsed it before, you just give them this winged answer off the top of your head. You really should rehearse it once you have been rehearsed. Think about it for a second. If you're them. What follow up? Questions might ask to find out more about what you've done that relates the what they're looking for. Once you have that in month, you can be prepared with your follow up on answers to their follow up questions. It's really pretty easy, but most people going to interviews and they're completely unprepared. They think they can just walk in and answer off the cuff and they can, but they're not gonna get hired So my encouragement to you is the 1st 10 to 15 minutes of the interview are some sort of variation on the idea of Tell me about yourself. Were you talking about what you've done? And they want to know what you've done in the context of what they're looking for. They're gonna ask you follow up questions about that that you could also be prepared for again. Keep your answers to about 30 to 45 seconds in length. Why, you don't want to be droning on and on and on and boring them to tears so they mentally start The channel surfer started thinking about something else they'd rather be doing. You want to keep your answers to about 30 to 45 seconds in length so that the conversation becomes interactive. You engage them, they engage you. You're going back and forth, and that's really what you want to be doing at this phase of the interview. So again, tell me about yourself is really simple. Question to answer. If you've taken the time to prepare 4. Tell Me About Yourself The Advanced Answer: see, most interviewers are gonna ask you something along those lines because they wanted you to open up. They want to open the door up with you, talking about your work. And that's the easiest question that they could ask. However, let's just do a quick review. Tell me about yourself of what you've been doing. Professional. Well, I've been in my field for X number of years. For the last two years, I've been working for someone. So where I've been involved with, he kind of lay out your responsibilities, and then you talk about what you did in your previous organization. For those six months get really actual responsibilities. That's a pretty standard answer. Let me give you the advanced version of it. See you lay out exactly the same way you did before. Talk about what you did, how you did it, how you help them make money or save money. And you try to keep your answer to 30 to 45 seconds in life so that they don't tune you where that the advanced version allows you continue that and then said Pause for a second say. And I'm sure you hear different people say things along the same lines when they answer. But what makes me a little bit different is and then you talk about what makes you different from all the other people the chief competed with. You can talk about the difficult situations that you stepped into where you you turned out to be the hero because you out sold quota by three times you turned around Ah, failing department by doing training, whatever it ISS, you talk about what makes yourself different, that all the others that they might be interviewer and what that allows you to do is to differentiate yourself from the pack and show how you walked into a situation and outshined everyone else that they had hired before. Now again, if that isn't the case with you, if you doing fairly standard work, this answer isn't for you. But for those of you who could really answer that question well, do it. So remember, the phrasing is, and I'm sure you hear this pretty often. But what makes me different is and then you start talking about what you did that would differentiate yourself from all the other people in your previous firm who did similar kind of work. All the individuals who you're competing with in this job 5. Why Do You Want to Work for Us: today I want to talk with you about a tough interview, questions that's actually where the easiest ones you'll ever be. Do you? The question goes something like this. So what? Do you want to work for us? Yeah, I have a number of clients that he has this question, and I think it's laughable. But understand from their perspective, they're trying to find out something about you. And Number one is where you're smart enough to do Any research about the firm before you walked in the door, or you just being immature and thinking you could walk in cold and impress the So here's the basic way. The answer. Having done some research about the firm that you're interviewing for, you're gonna pick out two or three things about them on speak to speak to those three things that you know about them. So, for example, there was a newspaper in New York I was working with his client on when somebody asked that question, I would ask the candidate to do this. Why would I want to work for you? Who wouldn't want to work for you? You know you're a great organization. You are a leader in your field. Higher top professionals. It's an opportunity to work with some of phenomenal people. Why wouldn't someone want to work for you? Imagine the response that people would get from that, I tell you, because I would talk with their HR people, the line managers who would tell me how excited they were about the individual because of how they responded in that way. So again, do some research before the interview, find out a couple of positive things about the organization you're talking worth. And then in your most enthusiastic and excited banner, knows how I want work for you. Who would want to work for you? That's really the cake. Is that who wouldn't want to work for you in excited way? 6. What Are Your Weaknesses: they want to talk with you about the one of those tough interview questions that invariably trips people up. I want to set a context for whatever you're on an interview and they're gonna ask you the question. So something about your strengths you can. He can be very sure that the next question or the question after that he's gonna be. So tell me about your witnesses. Hey, you bind as well. Be prepared for an answer. Copes with that. Now, with regard to your strengths, you really should have two or three things that they're able to say without appearing like your acting is again to be interviewing has a certain about theater to her. You have to have a certain amount of acting skill in order to do well. So you talk about your determination. You talk about how you care about your work. It's work well with others. You facilitate change whatever it is you have to be good at, that's what we'll talk about. So when they ask you that question, so Mitchell weaknesses. What I'd like you to do is very simply say, you know, there was a time in my career where I really spent a lot of time and effort fixating on my flaws. When I made a mistake, I really beat myself up. Um, you know, I would read books. I try to get better. I'd ask for advice. I'd sit in meetings, try to learn from people who are more experienced than I in that area. But what I really learned over the course of time is that there were certain things that would not be particularly good at. So, for example, in my case, I can't develop a nap. I find that difficult toe learn how code. I just don't have that kind of mindset. But what I've really learned to do is focus on what my strengths are and play to my strengths because trying to cope with my weaknesses well, there's always someone who's gonna be better than at those areas that I am. But if I play to my strengths, no one's gonna really be better at it than me at those areas. So notice what I've done. I've reframed the question of weaknesses to say, You know, I used to spend a lot of time worrying about them, for I learned over the course of time is to really work with my strengths. So you've indirectly answer it. Bite by talking, in my case about I can't learn how toe co to develop a nap. Okay, it's a throwaway answer. You'll figure out your version of, ah, of a dumb weakness that give away in the course of the conversation, but thing it's heard it into. But what I've learned over the course of time was to fixate on what my strengths are on to really work with my strengths. Because there I'm exceptional. No one is better than me in these areas. Where is if I become intolerable and my weaknesses there plenty of people better than me in those areas. So what's the point? 7. Where Do You See Yourself 5 Years from Now: today I want to talk with you about one of those tough interview questions that shows up pretty regularly, and that's the question that goes. So where do you see yourself five years from now? And it has that sort of dour sounds of the question very self important. Now when I hear that question, I have to potential ways to go. I'm not sure what's best, so I'm going to defer to you in this regard and give you two approaches to work. The 1st 1 is kind of vast relating. I kind of think it's best for for less experienced people. So we could that would go something along the lines up. Well, in my brief career, what I've found is what I do. Well, opportunity tends to present itself. See me, and I don't presume to know at this stage what the best road for me is to get to my future . Matter of fact, what I found often is that my managers are great mentors and give me advice and coaching. So I just want, you know, I'm prepared to make a long term commitment of this organization. I'm just gonna ask for some advice and coaching a little the way about potential opportunities, because I presume you don't wanna have me in the same job for the next 20 years of my life , right? So they basically sure I don't watch in the same job for the next 20 years of your life on . Once you've done is basically say you're going to be there for a long period of time. Will it take advice and coaching and you're basically ducking, answering the question. That is the second approach in this one more suitable for someone who's mid toe later on your career and you'll see why in a second, because, frankly, mid the later on people, if they don't have an idea of where that want to go, haven't been paying attention. So when she can start off by saying he's something similar to the last time, I I want to make a long term commitment to an organization what I'm looking for, a firm that will periodically review might work on point me in certain directions they have up that demonstrate that I'm seeing well and I havent upside within the organization. I have some ideas of things I'd like to do professionally might like Teoh do such and such such and such and such and such. You talk about 23 possibilities. You don't want to be so rigid that you only see one potential path for yourself. But if you talk about multiple opportunities and say and along the way, I'd love some input from you about opportunities as you see them for May. Because, frankly, I don't presume to know everything. You get around the block more times than I and I just think you be Ah, great mentor for me. And what that does is enroll your boss or the potential boss Azan ally to your career. Development doesn't mean you have to take every piece of advice they give you, quite obviously, but it basically allows youth has them to think of you as part of the team not being so pushy. But at the same time, I want to get guidance from 8. Why Do You Want to Work for Us: today I want to talk with you about a tough interview, questions that's actually where the easiest ones you'll ever be. Do you? The question goes something like this. So what? Do you want to work for us? Yeah, I have a number of clients that he has this question, and I think it's laughable. But understand from their perspective, they're trying to find out something about you. And Number one is where you're smart enough to do Any research about the firm before you walked in the door, or you just being immature and thinking you could walk in cold and impress the So here's the basic way. The answer. Having done some research about the firm that you're interviewing for, you're gonna pick out two or three things about them on speak to speak to those three things that you know about them. So, for example, there was a newspaper in New York I was working with his client on when somebody asked that question, I would ask the candidate to do this. Why would I want to work for you? Who wouldn't want to work for you? You know you're a great organization. You are a leader in your field. Higher top professionals. It's an opportunity to work with some of phenomenal people. Why wouldn't someone want to work for you? Imagine the response that people would get from that, I tell you, because I would talk with their HR people, the line managers who would tell me how excited they were about the individual because of how they responded in that way. So again, do some research before the interview, find out a couple of positive things about the organization you're talking worth. And then in your most enthusiastic and excited banner, knows how I want work for you. Who would want to work for you? That's really the cake. Is that who wouldn't want to work for you in excited way? 9. Aren't You Overqualified: So today's tough interview questions he basically translates into Aren't you a little overqualified for this job? Yeah, this is one of those fatal flaw questions. They mentioned that another video where they kind of think out loud, and they're kind of telling you what their reluctance is. And if you want to accept that is the kiss of death. You can't. But it doesn't necessarily mean that the overqualified question or Argenteuil overqualified for this job. He's an opportunity to really sell yourself and to do it in a smooth and professional way. Now I want to deal with the question on the overt level. First, I'm gonna deal with on a covert level a little bit later, Theo. Over levels. Exactly what the question is that is there concern that you're gonna get bored in the job as soon as things says he find a better opportunity? So the way to approach this question when they're thinking about over is that basically say the look in the job market is what it is and you can look at it is being I'm overqualified . But the fact of the matter is, the market is tough right now. It's gonna be tough for quite some time. So the markets basically telling me that I need to adapt and I need to look at things from a different perspective. You know, I could hold out for a job that was in my previous level. I could be out of work for a long time, and I'm not really looking to do that. Now, from your vantage point, I could understand your reluctance. You're concerned that I would want to jump ship proceeded, something better came along. The fact of the matter is, I want to join the organization, could enjoy the work. And, you know, what I can do for you is in addition to doing this role, or you wouldn't have to train someone to do it. You get the benefit of all my experience in this kind of role on I could be of help to you as you try to sort out other things. Or I could just do the job that you're asking me to do. And frankly, I didn't try doing that. So that's the overt kind of answer questions that the over question of Are you overqualified? Now? The covert question is you look a little old on. Um, could you really work for someone younger than younger than the person we want you to have working for? That's a little bit Truckee on there. You can go on to say something along the lines of, and this is a continuation or an extension on the other. Answer. I've worked for people for all of all kinds of backgrounds. I've worked with people who are far my senior and for younger than I'm on. In all cases, we've got no Lord beautiful. They've asked for help. They're willing to give it. I want people to do very well. If they do well, I do Well, that becomes a very simple way of deflecting the question of ageism that shows up suddenly of these kind of questions. 10. What Makes You Think You Are The Most Qualified Person for This Job: I am but a telepathy about one of those tough interview questions that organizations will ask on interviews and the question that is something like this. What, do you make it real seriously? So why do you think you are the most qualified person I interviewed for this job? Who don't they seem real serious about? It's a ridiculous question. We both know that, but it works. And what happens is most job applicants get nervous. This marketing, anxious and pleaded cases fumble around with their answers and stammer, have like I'm behaving right now, so that's not the right answer which you want to do. Instead, is pulls for a second act like you're thinking about looking square with the I go. You know, I don't really know from the most qualified person, but what I've done is on the list four or five different things that she laid that she felt that relates to what they're looking for 11. What's More Important The Money or The Work: This is what I call a tough interview crush. It really isn't. You got to be done to get this one wrong. But over oblivious. I'm gonna give you back for the dad. You're gonna be on the dumber, oblivious to get this world. But people get in Rome. So I'm here to wake up, wake up. So which is more important to you? Money for the work? Yeah, The reality is money is important, but from employers, that point they don't want to hear that money is so important to you should quit if someone offers you $500. So you have to answer the question from the employee yours post active. I'd be smart, enoughto like to. So the easiest way to use the question is, you know, money is important. Forward's important. We wouldn't be having this discussion. Money is what makes the world go around. I need an opportunity where I could hurt a sufficient. But if they asked me to choose between the work being important to the money, being important would have no doubt the workers. And the reason for that is really very simple. I need to do this at 100% capacity, probably more than eight hours a day to take my work home from with May work from home with Times would think about work on what's going on there and how it could do a better just a lot of elements to come into. That basically said, Your work is more important, but I can assure you that money is it is important to me to So that's the smoothest waiting hands are and it's an honest one versus sitting there going, Oh, the working more important to me I know my job. You could pay me a doughnut that I would come by the work for you now it's not sure they know it. So, like I said, if you give a textured answer that identifies money is being a factor. But if you had to choose between the two, the work is more important. Why you're not the question of the park 12. Why Should I Hire You: today, I'm going to talk with you about that tough interview question. So why should I hire you? Yeah, this is actually the core question that every interviewer employer is asking themselves as they're trying to make a decision between their different choices. And even if they don't ask you this outwardly, I'm gonna give you tactic for introducing it to the interview at the very end. So here's how the basically answer that question. So why should I hire you? Well, from what you've told me about the position you're looking for someone with such and such type of background, this is what I've done a little those lines and you kind of review your experience for them . That fits that description. And then you continued by saying, And the other thing that I bring to the to this job is the motivation and drive to succeed within your organization. If you're in sales Utkan add in how you've a sales person stepped into a dying function and helped turn it around. If you manage to sales function, you could talk about how you helped an organization achieve numbers that had never been achieved before. Within the organization, you could do stuff along those lines. If you're in operations oriented positions, you can talk about how you stabilize the organization and help them make money or save money from the role that you're in and quantify it in terms of numbers. How much did you help them make? How much did you help them save? Finger roll thinking that way. So that's how to answer in the direct question. Often, it's not a question that's asked, but at the end of the interview, you might be asked. So is there anything else? Or if they haven't asked that question on their about to wrap up, you can say, Would you mind if I just covered one more thing with you? They'll say, Sure, and you'll have any answer prepared for them and see minutes. So the question that you're asking yourself is have shows, so why should I hire you? What's gonna be different about you? Then the other people is a meeting with him, shall quite qualified and again review the background that fits them, fits the jobs they destroyed the two and then continue my say. And I'm motivated, you know, and you talk about your motivation how it's played itself out in previous organizations and how you felt that organization in the past make money or save money and how much and talk about how you want to do it for this firm. 13. Why Shouldn't I Hire You: and it's tough primarily because it's an awkwardly phrased one that's designed to fry your circuits. And the question is, why shouldn't I hire you? No. Here they're basically looking for you to reveal some deep dark secret because your circuits have been fried. And, you know, the notion is that you could confess something that's gonna talk it out of the role on the positive cycle. Consider this is a set that emotional intelligence, but in a self awareness quits. And the standard answer is basically talk about revealing some sort of weakness without going into the pat one. If I weren't through Horn or I'm a perfectionist, But you know the idea is to talk about something, really is this is a standard answer and to talk about how you're working to overcome it. So, for example, you have issues with self organization, and what she's done is learned countering. So in this way you're able to overcome that, and you have something in your phone to remind you about how to organize your day. So here's another way to approach, and I think it's actually a better one. The more senior you are and it works well if you're less experience and the way to do it is to start off by say, You know, any time you hire someone into one organization, there's a period of adjustment that goes. It's not just simply an adjustment for May. It's an adjustment for you and the team. We have to learn to live with one another and overcome this in social into the middle of the group. I'm certainly morning to take my side of this and work hard and run with it and the input you can give me about how we just well, you know your existing teams would be a big help. But the team also has to be just in me, too, and we have to learn to live together. So if you're comfortable with that, you know, then we're good to go. But this is something that I think you ought to be aware of about any person that your higher little on may. So I think this is a savvy answer for veteran individual because it makes them start to think a little bit a little bit and against the focus off of you 14. Why Should I Hire You When I Could Promote Someone: Let's talk about one of those tough interview questions that gets asked its some interviews and the question Go to suffer a line. So why should I hire you from the outside when I could just promote someone internally into this job? Now I want you to understand that this is a goofy question. It's a red herring question. By interviewing you, they're telling you that they have already decided that there isn't anyone internally that they're completely comfortable with. So your job in this interview is to make them feel comfortable with your candidacy. Now you could be that blunt, but I wouldn't suggest that why would suggest is a slightly different strategy and say something along the lines of this. You know, I think it's a great quality that organizations have when they look internally at their people, evaluate and assess them and determine that there's an upward career path for no, you're complimenting. But by doing this, however, where an organization also has to do is looking who the best person is for this room, and if you decide that the internal person is best, you definitely want to promote them. Conversely, if you look at the outside, you decide I'm the best person for you, which certainly I hope I am. They just understand that the organization is getting a superior individual, one that's superior to the internal choice I should say on. It's going afford the firm an opportunity to really advance. So see what you're doing. You're complimenting them, on the one hand, encouraging them to hire the best person for the job, even if it's an internal persons. That's the modesty thing in there and praising them at the end if they hire from the outside, having decided that that candidate is the best one. 15. Why Have You Had So Many Jobs: today, I want to offer up one of those tough interview questions that show up from time to time, and that one is. So look at your resume. You had a lot of jobs. Have you had a lot of jobs? You can understand from employers perspective. They're hiring someone. They hope. It's like a marriage that lasts for a long, long time. You look like someone who, when the going gets tough, gets going. So there's a couple of different ways to approach answering this question 1st 1 is, if it happened early in your career, you can point to the fact that when you're young, you didn't have the perspective that you do now. And when things got tough, you head for the hills. You could acknowledge that and say, But I wised up somewhere a little line. I understood that sometimes persistence is more important than the short term of latched gain, and I think I saw the tough through situations when they got more difficult. Yeah, if some of these changes, this is the second possible way of answering. If some of these alleged changes were because you were consultant than you've laid out will resume in a way that you didn't have your consulting firm's name there but had each of the individual engagements there. You can very simply say, Of course, many what you see there consulting assignments where I was only expected to be there 65 months. As a matter of fact, some of the engagements were long because they like my work so much they and kept me around longer than the original contract was for. And that becomes a second way that you could address. Ah, third ways and this is a variation on it is for the more current economic time. If the changes a more reason you can point to the economy. So you know each of these firms I intended to stay with for a long time. But the economy was such that decimated sectors of our business. So eventually our firm, in an effort to survive, need to cut people. I was the last one in. I became one of the first ones out Aziz. Muchas people like my work, and if you check my references, you'll find they like the work of everyone in the room. And it became almost like any meeting miney mo you know where they made their decisions wasn't a reflection of my capabilities. It wasn't a reflection of my work, I was told was they'll provide great references, but they basically chopped the newest one. So that's how I would handle it from three different angles. 16. Are You Interviewing: This is one of those questions. It's it's kind of a variation on another one that I've interested previously. This one is the question of her you interview, and it's a variation on the Where have you been interviewing questions? And I just want to speak to this one because it really depends on who you're talking to as to what the intention of the question is. So let me start off with third party recruiters. So with a a third party recruited a contingency for it will be asked this question for a couple of reasons. Number one, if you have been interviewing, they made, turned around and said, Where have you been on interviews so far? And they may be trying to find out Number one. Have you been to their client? Number two Job leads leads of other organizations trying to hire so that you release that information to them, and then they start reaching out to those firms to see if they can wind up getting positions. The work on and earn money from Another thing that they're trying to do is to see how far along you are in the process. So if you tell the magnet. 4th 14 firms among three finals, and I'm close to two offers. They're probably hit the delete key on your resume when you if it is talking to you because they don't see any point doing anything so again one, you shall we say, more slimy approach. They're asking the question, and the rest are pretty innocuous. When an employer asks, they're obviously not gonna be contacting firms for job leads, so that's out of the question. But what they're trying to do is number one. Are you an aggressive job? Hunter? Firms have a bias against aggressive job. Their belief is that people who are out looking for work are less attractive than those who shall we say are recruited. So if they've contacted you and they're asking this question, you might just simply said, You know, I'm not aggressively looking for work. But when you approach me, this was an interesting opportunity. Frankly, since what the time you initially contacted me to. Other firms have approached me as well, and they can talk about where you are. They're part of the reason an employer asks. The question is to see whether they can, how much time they might have before you have to make a choice, whether they can keep interviewing or shall we say they need to get off the pot and extended offer. Move more quickly. You see things like you. That's part of what the communication is. They like you, but they want to see if they could date others for a while before getting married. You follow what I mean so recognize their intent. Used to get a sense of how much time they have with you before they risk losing you. If you say I've got nothing else going on, they can sit back and relax a little bit and say, OK, let's keep interviewing for a while. Let us know what's going on with you. Everything is changing. Give us a call we want to know, and most of the time when that happens, they've already seen a bunch of of other people and they never come back and make the offer . But if you say since the time you reached out to May, a couple of other firms have approached me as well. I've had some really good interviews. There's an interesting opportunities out there that gets the motivated to take more action now if you applied for a job in submitted her resume. This doesn't always work, obviously, because you've indicated that you're an active job other, and that's what well they're trying to do is to see where you are in your process. If there in the first interview and your on 1/5 somewhere one of two things, they're one of two ways they might respond. One is to accelerate their process, and the 2nd 1 might be at the delete cake is they know they can't move fast enough. So I found over the years in many firms where I mentioned t mention to them that, you know, I found this individual and they're really fit your role very well, but not the third or fourth interview. And there's some folks that are rich worsted they never really moved. So caveat emptor just recognized the impact of what you say and what the firm's motivations 17. How to Answer Illegal Questions: And today I want to talk with you about one of those tough interview questions that show up from time to time. And that question is when you're asked something that's clearly illegal, you know? How old do you anyone or what's your maiden name? Or are you planning on having kids now, Um, you know, stuff like that. Yeah. You know, you do. You have a variety of different ways, and the three basic ones are. You could answer the question, which just encourages them go even deeper worth of this kind of stuff. Number two is you can say you can't ask me that. That's an illegal question. In which case have all the work that you've done that build rapport between yourself and the interview is out the window and you can put a ball from Pistons chocolate bar. The 3rd 1 is to kind of deflect it because behind the question is fear on their part there . They have a concern about you in some way. So, for example, if I were asked So, Jeff, how old do you? I could answer Well, I'm 62 or I could answer. You can't ask me that or you could say you had a curiosity. Is there concern that because of my age, I can't really perform this role? No, no, nothing like that. Just curious. Is that okay? So let me just talk with you about my experience and how it could really sort very well. So that becomes one way. Answer if you're a woman and you're asked the question about whether you're having I'm planning on having kids anytime so you could respond by by not answering the question, saying, You know, I just want to be absolutely clear within and lay any concerns that you have. I'm 100% beyond my career. I am motivated and dedicated to really be successful professional. And I just want to give you every assurance like that and even use your own language to that effect. Give them a 22nd answer that basically says you're dedicated to your career on. Then you could pause aunt smile at the end of that and let the subject move on. Because once you've done is, number one is no legal obligation. Not have kids when you want to. Quite obviously, number two is you've given the answer that they're hoping for something they should be ready to move on. So, basically again to summarize. If you're asked in illegal question, you have three choices to or bad, and the 3rd 1 is to allay their concerns that in some way you might not really work out because off, in my case, my age in a woman's case, because she might be interested in having Children. 18. What Makes You Think You Are The Most Qualified Person for This Job: I am but a telepathy about one of those tough interview questions that organizations will ask on interviews and the question that is something like this. What, do you make it real seriously? So why do you think you are the most qualified person I interviewed for this job? Who don't they seem real serious about? It's a ridiculous question. We both know that, but it works. And what happens is most job applicants get nervous. This marketing, anxious and pleaded cases fumble around with their answers and stammer, have like I'm behaving right now, so that's not the right answer which you want to do. Instead, is pulls for a second act like you're thinking about looking square with the I go. You know, I don't really know from the most qualified person, but what I've done is on the list four or five different things that she laid that she felt that relates to what they're looking for 19. Why Were You Fired: Sometimes jobs don't work. Sometimes the way that you know they don't work out is you get fire and the fact that the matter is, well, maybe it's not a fact, but you were ultimately gonna have to talk about You can lie, but lies get exposed in references, even if the for. If you say the firm has a policy of not discussing it, most firms to discuss it and where the firm doesn't want to discuss it, it's incorporated as you got fired and they don't want to say anything bad about you. So here's what you need to dio. You need to practice your explanation for what happened. You can say I got let go versus fired. If someone has to follow up circumstances, you can simply say, you know, the job wasn't what I expected it to bay. That became obvious between my manager and I. I became frustrated, and frankly, I didn't perform to my best when I realized that, uh, that the job wasn't what I expected it to bake. And if you if and when you check references, you'll find that they let me go. So what I want to say to use my motivation right now. Israel High. And I just want to assure you that though issues will occur with May, I just want to understand what I'm stepping into. It's really that simple. It doesn't have. You don't have to go through a lengthy story about how they lie to you. Expected this, and it was something different unless they asked a follow up question. And you never used the word law. You just simply say, this wasn't what I signed up for. Well, simple wasn't what I signed up for, So the ideas is still half the practice it because otherwise if you try and do it off the cuff, it's not gonna come across Well, trust me, I've had too many people tell me after the fact that they screwed up how they presented of being fired. So again, practice watches say, keep it minimal, anticipate the follow up questions. Get advice is how you heard and then from there, practice some more