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Interviewing for the Inexperienced, Part 2

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Creatives on Call Guide Interview Tactics During the Job Search

PART TWO: THIS IS A TEST, HOW TO PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Congrats! You have an interview. This is huge. If you have any kind of social anxiety you are probably sweating by now.

Before you go into an interview, decide what you want to talk about. Try to come back to this key info throughout your interview. Here are some things you want to consider:
- Why you are perfect for this position?
- What are your marketable skills?
- What are your biggest accomplishments?
- Why should they hire you even though you do not fit all the qualifications?
Here is a tip. Give examples of what you have done in previous roles. You can also pull all this info together into what we call an Elevator Pitch. This is a 30 second blurb that you can tell anyone at the company that explains who you are and the value you will bring to the role.

Let’s explore 3 different kinds of interview questions.

THE TYPICAL ONES
Start by Googling “Interview Questions, ” then start answering them! Your goal is not to answer a typical question with a typical answer. When asked, “What is your greatest weakness?” be sincere and share a real weakness that you overcame and how you are better for it!

THE PERSONAL ONES
“So, Dave. Tell us about yourself” Do not panic. In my opinion this is the best possible first question to receive. You now have the reins of the interview. Start with your elevator pitch and take some time to get specific. Word to the wise: this is not an opportunity to talk about your passion for collecting antique swords. Keep it professional.

THE EXTISTENTIAL ONES
“If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be?” Ummm, what? Here is the deal. Susie in HR does not care if you are more of a kiwi or a cantaloupe. What she does care about is how you react to pressure. This is not a question you could have anticipated and she wants to see how you can think on your feet. So, take a breath and remember what you want to say.

Stay tuned for Part 3: Do’s and Don’ts, Interview Etiquette.

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What’s the best job interview question you’ve ever been asked?