You sit facing the interviewer, feeling like things are moving along nicely when all of a sudden the interview takes a drastic turn for the worse. What just happened? You may have hit one of the interviewer’s pet peeves, one of those things that automatically triggers a negative response.
Here are …
Interviews can often be a multi-tasking nightmare. During a typical interview, you must juggle:
• Listening to the interviewer.
• Answering questions.
• Talking about yourself confidently yet modestly.
• Watching the interviewer for positive feedback.
• Asking intelligent questions of your own.
• Appearing pleasant and relaxed.
But when you throw a full table of food into the equation, things can really …
Poor personal appearance.
Inability to express information clearly.
Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
Lack of career planning, no purpose, no goals.
Over emphasis on money.
Unwilling to start at the bottom.
Lack of tact and courtesy.
Nervousness; lack of confidence and poise.
Lack of maturity.
Condemns past employers.
No genuine interest in company or job.
Fails to make eye …
ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE
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Describe a professional skill you have developed in your most recent job.
Describe a situation in which you’ve applied your skills to solve a problem.
Describe your ability to solve …
Here are some examples of behavior-based interview questions:
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by Deborah Walker
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to whom you are pitching;
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