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Chapter 5. The Interview > Preparing for Questions

Preparing for Questions

It is impossible to prepare for every question that you’ll be asked, but you can have an idea of how you’ll answer general and often-asked questions. Read the sample questions that follow for a basic idea of what may be asked of you. A word of caution, however: don’t memorize answers to these questions. Your interviewer might have very different questions that are specific to the position. You can prepare by thinking. “It I’m asked these questions, how will I answer?” But don’t have the responses to every anticipated question rehearsed as it you’re reading from a script.

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There are some answers that seasoned interviewers have heard a million times: for example, “I’m a people person” or “I want to work somewhere where there is opportunity for growth.” These statements may be true, but you need to convey the meaning in a more original, less cliché-ridden way. Offer an example that illustrates how you acted as a “people person” by Listening more constructively to customers or by forming a cooperative work group. Or demonstrate how you’ve taken advantage of growth opportunities in the past by taking on extra projects that gave you new skills. Your interviewer will be more impressed if you avoid overused, trite statements.


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