Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Answer the REAL Interview Questions...and Get the Job

By Richard Kent Matthews, Career Coach

Getting ready for that interview? How are you spending your time? Wisely, I hope...



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"Learning how to get just a little better at job interviews is one of the best-value things you can do for yourself, pound for pound and minute for minute." James Reed, executive recruiter

In his book 101 Job Interview Questions You'll Never Fear Again,* James Reed suggests not only the questions, but the REAL question beneath the question. And how to answer it without looking foolish.

Sound odd? 

When you are called in for an interview, there is a series of questions your prospective employer will most likely ask. But they can be deceptive. (Even the employer may not realize just how deceptive those questions can be.)

The motive of the employer is always about his/her/their own needs, not yours. They are looking for specific answers not only to the question at hand; they expect you to somehow see beneath the surface to their actually concerns. Can you do that? Maybe not 100% of the time, but Reed says you stand a good chance if you can ascertain even a fair number of those real questions and answer them the way the employer hopes you will. 

In most cases, it will put you way ahead of any competition.

Here are a few examples of questions and the real questions hiding underneath them: