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How to Answer Employers' Top Interview Questions

How to Answer Employers' Top Interview Questions

Carol Lewis | The Times

December 31, 2008

ALL that effort honing your application has paid off, now all you need is a snazzy suit, a big smile and some answers. Here we ask recruiters for the answers to their favorite interview questions so that you don’t disappoint.

1. Tell me about yourself.
This is your big chance to sell yourself, so go for it. “Outline the skills and personal qualities that are relevant to the job. The interviewer wants to know how you are going to behave in the role, so draw on real-life anecdotes to illustrate the points you make,” says Lynn Williams, author of The Ultimate Interview Book.

2. What do your work colleagues think of you?
“I like to ask people to consider the third person perspective; they have to think on their feet, and it allows me to assess their self-awareness. I’d also ask what their work colleagues would consider were their strengths and areas for development,” says Geoff Hall, the head of human resources for World Duty Free.

3. Why do you want the job?
“This is a basic but important question,” says Richard Alberg, a senior vice president at Kenexa, a recruitment and retention company. “We are looking for evidence that the candidate has thought about the job, the company, the brand.”


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