How to Answer?
In a job interview, what you say matters as much as how you say it. So don’t qualify your speech with unnecessary or unconfident adverbs.
1. Not smiling. People like to be around happy people.
2. Not making eye contact. Eye contact shows confidence.
3. Knowing nothing about the company. Do your research.
4. Practicing bad posture. Stop crossing your arms. Sit up straight.
5. Fidgeting too much. It can be hard when you are nervous, but try not to act like you are missing your drug fix.
6. Not showing enthusiasm. Act like you want to be there.
7. Complaining about previous jobs. Bad mouthing former employers won’t make you look good to potential new ones. Show some class.
8. Dressing too trendy. Don’t be flashy. Keep it boring and professional.
9. Not asking any questions. Yes, they want to make sure you are the right fit for the job, but you also have to make sure the job is the right fit for you.
10. Not being punctual. Arrive a little bit early. If you’re late, don’t bother showing up.
To effectively answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” question, your response should be broken into five categories.
- Recent professional achievements
- Educational achievements
- Applicable skills
- Professional goals
- Reason for interest in the company
Unless necessary, try not to go over 30 seconds per category. That gives you a solid 2 minute and 30 second presentation to start yourself out on the right foot. Try not to go less than two minutes, and avoid going over 3 minutes.
For more details see: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/tell-me-about-yourself-dos-donts/
What Are Your Strengths?
Frame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’ Most people would write a résumé like this: ‘Wrote editorials for The New York Times.’ Better would be to say: ‘Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed [writers] as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.’
Source: Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock
What Are Your Weaknesses?
Questions You Can Ask The Interviewer
At the end of a job interview, most potential employers ask if you have any questions. If this makes you nervous, ask the interviewer their opinion, rather then asking a direct question. Frame your question as if you’re asking for the opinion or experience of the interviewer.
For example, instead of asking “What’s the company culture here?” try “What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about office life?” Instead of “How is the company hoping to grow in the next year?” try “What are you most excited about for the company in the next year?
Source: Focus on Your Interviewer’s Opinion to Avoid Dumb Questions
- Is This a New Position, or Are You Looking to Backfill the Role?
- What Are the Expectations for This Role—and How Regularly Are Employees Evaluated?
- What Opportunities Do Employees Have for Professional Growth?
- What Made You Excited About Joining the Company?
Source: 4 Nosy Interview Questions You’re Allowed to Ask (Because the Answers Matter)
What are the common attributes of your top performers?
Is This a Vacancy, or a New Position (and, if It’s a Vacancy, What’s Up)?
What Is the Turnover Rate on the Team (or, at This Organization)?
Do Team Members Typically Go Out for Lunch, or Do They Eat at Their Desks?
After This Conversation, Do You Have Any Hesitations About My Qualifications?
- Start on time. State your goals. Keep gatherings small.
1. “Keep the meeting as small as possible. No more than seven people.”
2. “Ban devices.”
3. “Keep it as short as possible — no longer than an hour.”
4. “Stand-up meetings are more productive.”
5. “Make sure everyone participates and cold-call those who don’t.”
6. “Never hold a meeting just to update people.”
7. “Always set an agenda out ahead of time – and be clear about the purpose of the meeting.”
Source: Harvard Business Review
Right now my current priorities are: [list them in order].
Would you like this new assignment to be my top priority?
If so, that’s no problem, but it means that—since we’re pushing several other items down the list—all of my other projects will get completed slightly later.
“Happy to help.” End conversations with this phrase to let the other person know you’re a resource for them going forward.
“Great question, I’ll find that out for you.” Buy yourself the time to find out the right answer for someone to be seen as a reliable worker. If you want, you can add specifically what you’ll do figure out the answer.
“May I ask why that is?” You can use this question to respectfully dig deeper into a complaint or negative feedback from a coworker.
“As much as I’d love to help…” When you have to turn down a request, soften the blow by starting with this phrase and ending with the reason(s) why.
Write down main points, sub points and certain exact phrases you think are powerful. However, if you stick too much to a script it will come off as less persuasive. Why should the audience care to remember your speech if you don’t even remember it while giving it?
That being said, the way to handle a speaking engagement is to memorize the ideas, not the words
However, if you must read from a sheet of paper, when delivering a speech, print it and change the text color every four lines to keep your place.
What to Say?
Author Ramit Sethi explains this method:
This storytelling framework has three parts: situation, obstacle, and solution. It’s perfect for telling stories about “challenges” you faced.
Using this technique to craft your story helps you create a compelling narrative because obstacles naturally evoke powerful emotions. This framework also forces you clarify what your beginning, middle, and end are, giving you a cohesive and clear story. This S.O.S. framework can also be adapted to both social and professional situations.