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201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions

Book Description

Increasingly, employers today are using a tough new kind of interview to evaluate candidates and determine how well they think on their feet. To be successful in these new competency-based interviews, job seekers must be prepared with situation-specific examples that highlight the accomplishments, knowledge, and abilities they have that employers need. Featuring a plethora of sample questions—and winning answers—this book is organized by the five core competencies most interviewers are looking for: • Individual responsibility (decisiveness, independence, flexibility, career goals) • Managerial skills (leadership, delegation, strategic planning) • Motivational factors (ambition, initiative) • Analytical skills (problem solving, attention to detail) • People skills (teamwork, communication, customer service) This indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises readers can use to prepare themselves to demonstrate sought-after competencies and wow potential employers. It’s a powerful book no job seeker should be without.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 201 Competency-Based Interview Questions at a Glance
  7. Part I: The Fundamentals
    1. Chapter 1: What Are Competency-Based Interviews?
      1. Competency-Based vs. Traditional Interview Questions
      2. Proficiencies That Competency-Based Questions Measure
      3. Industry-Specific Competencies
    2. Chapter 2: Preparing for Competency-Based Interview Questions
      1. Identify and Highlight Your Accomplishments
      2. When You Lack Specific Experience
      3. Industry-Specific Accomplishments
      4. Identify Your Core Competencies
      5. Keep SOAR in Mind
    3. Chapter 3: Leverage Your Competency-Based Résumé
      1. Competency-Based Résumé Tips
      2. Accomplishment-Based Information
      3. The Objective or Profile Statement
      4. The Professional Experience Section
      5. Selected Résumé Formats
    4. Chapter 4: Why Candidates Do Not Get Hired
      1. When Examples Go Wrong
      2. A Negative Mind-Set
      3. A Potpourri of Other Interview Mistakes
    5. Chapter 5: Seven Ways to Stand Out During the Interview
      1. Write a Personal Brand Statement
      2. Reduce Your Anxiety
      3. Improve Your Speaking Voice1
      4. Be Concise
      5. Common Words and Phrases to Avoid
      6. Make Specific Statements
      7. Script or Outline Your Responses
  8. Part II: Competency-Based Questions And Answers
    1. Chapter 6: Competency #1—Individual Responsibility
      1. Decisiveness
      2. Independence
      3. Flexibility
      4. Career Goals
    2. Chapter 7: Competency #2—Managerial/Leadership Skills
      1. Leadership
      2. Employee Motivation
      3. Ability to Delegate
      4. Strategic Planning
    3. Chapter 8: Competency #3—Personal Motivation
      1. Ambition
      2. Initiative
    4. Chapter 9: Competency #4—Analytical Skills
      1. Problem Solving
      2. Attention to Detail
    5. Chapter 10: Competency #5—People Skills
      1. Team Orientation
      2. Customer Service
      3. Communications
  9. Part III: The End Of The Interview
    1. Chapter 11: Closing the Job Interview
      1. Some Closing Mistakes
      2. The Closing Statement
    2. Chapter 12: The Interview Follow-Up
      1. Follow-Up Pointers
      2. Competency-Based Follow-Up Letters
  10. Contributors
  11. About the Author