How To Answer 3 Tough Interview Questions

Jeff and Mike The Interview Guys show you how to deal with 3 tricky interview questions that often trip job seekers up

For your convenience here is the transcript of the video:

JEFF
Hi, I'm Jeff and this is my friend Mike, but you probably know us as the Interview Guys!  We're just about to jump on a plane to start our sold out Job Interview World Tour, but first, we had to respond to some of our students.

MIKE
Everybody was asking us to do another video about interview questions, so we decided to take a poll of all of our students to find out which three they wanted us to cover.

JEFF
So today, we're going to talk about three interview questions that you'll be asked and give you some tips about how to answer each one.  And make sure you watch the video all the way to the end, because we've got a big surprise for you.

MIKE
Okay Jeff, so what was the first question our students wanted to learn about?  Wait, before you answer, can we get on the plane?  That ticketing agent is freaking me out.  I've been watching her for 25 minutes and she hasn't blinked once.
JEFF
One of the overwhelming favorites was the question. "What are your salary requirements?"  It seems everybody is scared about being asked this question.

MIKE
Well one good way to answer this question would be to say "I'm sure when the time comes and I know more about the details of the position and how it fits into the bigger picture, we can come to a mutually agreeable figure."

JEFF
Now they may press you for a specific number, so make sure that you research what the standard salary range is for your position before you go in for the interview.  Offer the salary range when they ask and justify where you think you belong on that range based on your experience, tenure and other similar factors.

MIKE
Okay, so that takes care of that question.  What's the next question our students wanted to tackle?

JEFF
The next question on our list is "Are you a team player or do you prefer to work alone?"  Now this is an interesting one, because in our opinion, you should never imply that you aren't a team player.

MIKE
That's right.  The key here is to show that you are a team player but not so much of a social butterfly.  Especially if you're research has shown that the job you are interviewing for requires a lot of solo work and not a lot of team interaction.

JEFF
In this case, show that you do some of your best work when you are left to concentrate and work on your own, but that when the situation asks for interaction with team members, you are equally effective.

MIKE
Okay so last but not least is the question "How would you describe yourself?"  What's the best way to tackle this one Jeff?

JEFF
Well, I'll tell you how you shouldn't be answering this question.  You don't want to use this opportunity to start listing off your personal history, interests, hobbies or any other personal information.

MIKE
What you want to do is highlight one or two of your strengths and pair them with accomplishments (or what we like to call success stories).  In other words, lead with your strengths and accomplishments and then follow up with a good example of that personal description in action.

JEFF
So there you have it, a few tips on how to answer the questions most requested by our students.  Now, of course there are a LOT more questions that you will have to deal with in the interview room and it's important that you know how to give perfect answers to all of them.

JEFF
But don't worry, because we've created an absolutely free special report that shows you how to give perfect interview answers every time.

MIKE
And the best part is, it doesn't matter what industry you work in or how technical your job is.  Our world-famous special report works for everyone.  It's been downloaded thousands and thousands of times and has helped countless numbers of people get jobs by teaching them how to deliver perfect interview answers.

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3 Tough Interview Questions

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1 Comment

  • iam going for interview next week so this is very good as it is going to guide me.
    kind regards

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