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Job Seekers: Do you really understand interview questions?

Preparing for interview questions is the top priority for job seekers. “Work smarter, not harder” to get ready for your next interview. One note to keep in mind is that employers are assessing candidates through both verbal content from the interviewee and other non-verbal cues. Sync your speech and your body language to depict a full picture of yourself and impress your future employer.

Know the question behind the question. Ultimately, every interview question boils down to, “Why should we hire you?” Be sure you answer that question completely. If there is a question about you meeting deadlines, consider whether the interviewer is probing delicately about your personal life. Is the interviewer being careful not to ask you whether your family responsibilities will interfere with your work? Find away to address fears as soon as possible if you sense they are present.

Expect to answer the interview question “Tell me about yourself.” This is a pet question of prepared and even unprepared interviewers. Everything you include should answer the question, “Why should we hire you?” Carefully prepare your answer to include examples of achievements from your work life that closely match the elements of the job before you. Obviously, you will want to know as much about the job description as you can before you respond to the question.

Watch for nonverbal clues. Experts estimate that words express only 30% to 35% of what people actually communicate. Facial expressions, body movements and actions convey the rest. Make, and keep, eye contact. Walk and sit with a confident air. Lean toward an interviewer to show interest and enthusiasm. Speak with a well-modulated voice that supports appropriate excitement for the opportunity before you.

Be smart about money questions. Do not fall into the trap of telling the interviewer your financial expectations. You may be asking for too little or too much money and in each case ruin your chances of being offered the job. Instead, ask what salary range the job falls in. Attempt to postpone the money discussion until you have a better understanding of the scope of responsibilities expected for the job.

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