TIPS FOR HANDLING TOUGH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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   TIPS FOR HANDLING TOUGH
   INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
    Essential Preparation
        Research the needs or challenges of the work most likely to be faced on this job by the
        successful candidate
        Identify and label your skills and then determine which of these skills will help you deal
        with the above needs or challenges
        Prepare brief examples to prove how you have used each of these skills in the past, and to
        differentiate you from other candidates

    Prepare Strategies for These Three Requests for Information
        “Tell me about yourself.” - Summarize your background in terms of contribution and
        suggest where you see this experience helping in the challenges ahead
        “What happened?” - Provide a quick backdrop of where you had been effective in your
        last position then explain the changes that led to your departure
        “Talk about a Weakness . . .” - Be brief, and be sure to relate what you’ve learned from
        it and / or how you are dealing with it now.

    Managing Difficult Questions
        With tough questions, thinking first of what you’re good at in the area you’ve been asked
        to discuss will help you to formulate your answer and link this ability to the job
        ‘Behavioural’ responses should include these steps, in any order you choose: (1) provide
        an example; (2) identify the skill illustrated in the example; (3) relate the skill to the job.
        When asked ‘situational’ questions, offer your solution but remember to spell out the
        rationale for your approach, and how you see this approach benefiting you on the job



  Call Brian Bassett for private coaching to help you integrate these strategies
Bassett Communications Clinics
     1801 – 1 Yonge Street, Toronto M5E 1W7 (416) 216-1666