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Category Archives: Challenging Questions

Answering: Why Do You Want this Job?

Tweet The interview question “Why do you want this job” or “Why do you want to work here?” is a variation on “What interests you about this position and our company?” In a dating situation, this is the equivalent of “Why me?” or “Why are you interested in me?”  Your answer should be about why [...]

What Have You Been Up To Since Your Last Job?

Tweet A common situation many job seekers face is having an employment gap on their resume.   A gap could be due to either being out of work, or taking a job that does not require your qualifications and education and does not align with your career development.  While having a period of time during which you were not working is nothing to be [...]

Answering “What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”

Tweet Hiring managers love the question “What’s your biggest weakness?” because it tells them at least three different things about you: Are you self-aware? Are you honest? Is your “flaw” something they can live with? If you answer “I work too hard for my own good” or “I’m my own worst critic,” you don’t show [...]

”You’re Overqualified.” – Addressing the real concerns

Tweet When addressing the issue of being “overqualified,” it’s critical to understand the true concerns behind the label. Last week we laid out what some of those concerns might be. Today, how to address them.

“You’re Overqualified.” What are they really saying?

Tweet It’s not uncommon for experienced workers to be told they aren’t getting a job because they are overqualified. Expressing a willingness to work below past level and beneath past salary oftentimes is not the best strategy for dealing with this situation. Instead, it’s important to understand what specific concerns the hiring manager is raising.  [...]

Answering “Why Should We Hire You?”

Tweet On a episode of “America’s Got Talent”, a contestant was asked “Why should America vote for you?” The contestant tearfully replied something along the lines of “Because I want it so much, it would mean so much to me.” While this answer works for a TV talent show, it is NOT the response you [...]

I Wasn’t Laid-off. I Was Fired!

Tweet These days, it’s pretty common to lose your job due to a reduction in force (RIF) or lay off. With the struggling economy, such a lay off is usually not problematic on a resume and can be easily explained, especially if you were one of many to lose your job.  But how does a [...]

Answering “How do You Deal with Conflict?”

Tweet Conflict is something we have to deal with on a daily basis.  How we handle it is a reflection of the type of professional we are. That’s why the question “How do you handle conflict?” gets asked in interviews.  When asked about your ability to deal with conflict, be prepared to explain your overall [...]

Keeping Age Out of Your Job Search

Tweet Mature workers are sometimes concerned that their age may prevent them from getting hired. The reality is that age alone is very rarely a reason for eliminating a job candidate. Hiring managers are always looking for the best person to get the job done. Age is irrelevant if capability, likability and fit are all [...]

Video Friday: Giving It All Away?

Tweet Say you are in a job interview and asked for your most innovative idea for that company.  Would you give that idea up knowing that you may not get hired?  Jobfully CEO Mei Lu discusses why you would be at a disadvantage if you do not voice your best idea. More detail about “Giving It [...]

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