Finding a new job is a lot of work. Job seekers have to update their resumes, research new positions and prepare to interview. Prospective employees must be ready to answer a barrage of personal and work-related questions in a way that highlights their qualifications and convinces the interviewer that they are the best candidate for the job. They should prepare for these questions by considering what they might be asked beforehand and carefully planninganswers that illustrate their greatest accomplishments and most marketable traits. Career coach Mary Jeane Vincent’s Acing the Interview Tip Cards – Answers to the Top 20 ‘Killer’ Interview Questions PLUS Strategies For Handling Illegal and Trick Questions is an excellent resource for anyone preparing for a job interview.
A Convenient, Portable Way To Prepare
This set incudes 24 cards in a small, convenient jewel case. The box fits easily into a pocket, purse or briefcase, making it easy to study questions on the go. It can also be refashioned into a miniature easel that could be placed on a desk or table to prop up cards while studying. The set is highly portable, making it possible for users to pull it out and review questions while on a bus or in a taxi, at a restaurant or desk or while waiting for appointments and interviews.
Frequently Asked Questions and Most Effective Answers
Twenty of the Acing the Interview cards feature questions that are frequently asked in a job interview, including possible variations of each question. Vincent does not provide a canned response to be memorized, which may come across as insincere or even untrue. Instead, she points out the opportunity each question provides and offers tips for preparing a response that give the interviewer the information they need while illustrating the potential employee’s knowledge, intelligence, skills and accomplishments.
For example, an interviewer may begin with, “Tell me about yourself.” In Acing the Interview Vincent points out that this opener is an opportunity for a savvy interviewer to steer the conversation and demonstrate their qualifications. If Hermione Granger were to interview for a position with a nonprofit non-human rights organization, she could answer that she is a British witch who dislikes skiing and has recently completed her education at Hogwarts. This response is accurate but misses the opportunity the question provides. As a shrewd and prepared interviewee, she could highlight her proactive personality and longstanding passion for the cause by telling the interviewer about how as a child she founded her own society to promote elfish welfare. Miss Granger has gone from telling the interviewer incidental but mostly irrelevant information to acing the interview with her precise, focused answer.
In addition to explaining opportunity offered by each interview question, the cards also give suggestions on what kind of content an answer might contain. This is better than giving an exact, supposedly ideal answer because it allows the user to tailor their response to his or her own experience and to the position they are applying for. Each card provides space on the back for the user to write their own response based on her tips and hints. He or she may choose to write out a response in full, however, this leaves little room for flexibility or modifying the response later on. In addition, while it’s important to practice responding to questions, a memorized response may come across as overly rehearsed or false. It may be more prudent for the job seeker to list several talking points he or she doesn’t want to forget and practice speaking extemporaneously about those main points.
The additional Acing the Interview cards address other aspects of the interview process. One discusses illegal and trick questions, and offers tips for avoiding these questions or, when necessary, responding to them in a tactful and professional manner. Another contains information on how to prepare for an interview beyond rehearsing for the interview questions. For example, it’s important to research and learn as much as possible about the industry, the company and the position before the interview begins. A final card lists ten deadly interview mistakes and how to avoid them.
Acing the interview is essential for anyone searching for a new job. While a strong resume may spark an employer’s interest, it is the interview that imparts the candidate’s charisma and personality and convinces those hiring that the candidate is a good fit for the position. This set can help applicants in any industry to prepare for this crucial encounter.