Your cover letter was a smash. Your resumé sang like a diva. Next up: Job interviews. And You. Are. Freaked.
Remember when you were in school, there were those super smart kids who couldn’t take a test to save their lives? (Maybe you were one of them.) Well, that’s you when it comes to job interviews.
You’re not sure how to dress. You don’t know how to act. You are overcome with anxiety, your brain freezes, you cannot answer the simplest question, you stumble and stutter, sweat and fidget and cannot make eye contact.
You walk out of the job interview feeling like complete and utter failure and want nothing more than to take a long walk off a short pier.
OK, maybe that last is exaggerating. But even if it isn’t, I have fabulous news: You can stop worrying.
I have interviewed hundreds, maybe even thousands of people, in my career as a journalist and a hiring manager as a newspaper executive and later as the CEO of the local chamber of commerce. I can help you prepare for every kind of conversation (including a confrontation with your boss who has been sexually harassing you — true story), so working with you on a job interview is definitely in my skill set.
Questions asked at job interviews
I have heard of everything from “If you could be an plant, what would it be?” to “Tell me about a time you failed. What was the outcome?”
As you can see, some questions are more meaningful than others. These are questions that you will commonly get asked in executive interviews, although it wouldn’t be unusual to hear them in other types of interviews. For help with a Civil Service job interview, you might want to head over to Interview Skills Clinic to read up on some example Civil Service Interview questions. Regardless of the type of interview, the deal is if they ask, a response is required.
In interview coaching, we will go over:
- Questions you must never, ever answer
- How to answer incredibly dumb questions without rolling your eyes
- What to say when you don’t know the answer
- How to get ready for an interview
- What to wear for an interview
- What to say when someone asks you how much money you make
- What are behavioral interview questions and why they are important
And whatever other questions or concerns you may have about your own particular upcoming interview.
Then we do the mock interview. The best part about role-playing is that you can have as many do-overs as you wish before the one that really counts.
Are you ready to put your game face on? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up a time to chat about your upcoming job interviews and how to ace them.