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  • How to Answer Interview Questions.

  • One of the keys to getting a job is knowing how to answer the interviewer's questions confidently and convincingly.

  • You will need a list of questions and answers, a resume, practice, determination, positive thinking, and self-confidence.

  • Optional: a computer and internet access.

  • Step 1. Prepare for the interview by coming up with a list of questions you may be asked.

  • Write down your answers and rehearse for the interview, preferably with a family member or friend.

  • Many sites on the internet provide guidance for answers to the most common and challenging questions.

  • Step 2. Learn as much as you can about the company.

  • Get a better feel for who they are, what they are looking for, and how to tailor your answers to support the position they want to fill.

  • Step 3. Smile and use body language and tone of voice to project interest, confidence, consideration, and sincerity.

  • Step 4. Answer general questions about yourself or previous jobs in a positive manner.

  • Focus on training and experiences that relate to the job you're applying for.

  • Step 5. Be prepared to explain why you left a position. Be positive, honest, and brief.

  • Emphasize your desire for more challenges and growth.

  • Never speak negatively about previous supervisors, co-workers, or organizations.

  • A perceived lack of loyalty reflects poorly on you.

  • Step 6. Put a positive spin on how you spent your time during periods of unemployment. For example, while job hunting, you took classes, volunteered, or consulted on projects.

  • Step 7. When asked, give specific examples of your strengths that relate to the position.

  • Briefly give an example of a weakness and then discuss the strategies you've taken to overcome or compensate for it.

  • Step 8. Be ready to explain why they should hire you.

  • Highlight your skills, experience, and attributes that are key to the position.

  • Describe how you would be an asset to the organization.

  • Did you know Actor Jim Carrey started out as a janitor, Danny DeVito as a hairdresser, and Chris Rock as a busboy at a Red Lobster franchise.

How to Answer Interview Questions.

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