In these wild and crazy economic times, many people have found themselves back on the job hunting track, some veterans laid off after years with the same company while other new kids on the block are cut when hard times hit.
Job interviews are perhaps one of the more stressful and anxious events in life, especially when the support of a family is at stake.
Job interviews do not need to be scary if you are prepared with knowledge about the company and are ready to answer questions about your experience and ability.
Answering tough interview questions will be smooth and clear when you are prepared ahead of time. Research the company, research how interviews are conducted. When you learn what to expect, you become confident and that confidence shows.
Interviewers are not bothered by a bit of normal nervousness, so just focus on being prepared. That alone will help your anxiety significantly, bringing you confidence. Read up on basic interview questions, for most job interviews use the basic questions in some shape form or fashion. By being ready for those, you have half the battle won already.
Tough interview questions are typically questions such as the following:
• How long have you been looking for a job? This one is expressing concern that you have been jobless and wondering why someone else has not hired you yet. In answering this question, focus on the fact that you have spent time revamping your career path strategy and this interview is one of your first steps with a company you feel fits your goals.
• Why did you leave your last position? Never speak badly of your former employer, just do not do it. You can discuss the lack of potential for you to grow or the fact that your career path changed and the job no longer fit. You can even discuss the need to move, to be closer to aging parents or to find a more challenging job. Just do not be negative about your former company.
• Where do you expect your career to be in five or ten years? Be careful not to make it sound like you are using this current possible position with this company as a stepping stone to something better. Consider mentioning a higher level, next up position that would be interesting to you.
Tough interview questions are not really all that hard when you are prepared and therefore confident.
If you have done your homework, so to speak, just relax and take the questions as they come. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and give succinct, to the point answers. If you feel like the interviewer is asking for more, give more but start out with short and to the point answers that are not carbon copy replies. Personalize your replies.
By reading up on tough interview questions you may not run across the specific questions but you will learn a lot of smart interview tips that will assist you and bring about confidence.