I’m often amazed at how many people think that answering job interview questions is straightforward and easy. “Just be yourself,” they say “answer every question truthfully to the best of your ability, and you’ll be fine.” It would be great if things were that simple, but there’s a lot more to job interviews than that.
Answering questions in today’s interviewing environment is much harder than most people realize. Tough or unexpected questions can be thrown your way at any stage of the interview process. Some questions are not even designed to elicit a right or wrong answer, but just to see how you answer them. You won’t succeed if you try to “wing it” through an interview. You must be ready for every question; the wrong answers can cost you a wonderful career opportunity.
Maintaining a successful business today is more challenging than it has ever been. The global economy has increased competition across the board. Technology has leveled the playing field for efficiency and productivity. Employers are taking extra care to see that they hire the right people, and they use a wide range of questions to get the information they need. While job opportunities have increased, so has the possibility of making the kind of crucial mistake that immediately weeds you out of the competition for a specific opening.
I have been finding people jobs since 1973. I have personally placed more than 6,500 people on a one-on-one basis. I have interviewed more than 22,000 people, and I have interacted with more than 25,000 hiring authorities. I have