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Interview Success PlanSM
Step 3: Interview Answers
The interview focuses on "what you
say" and "how you say it". In this step, we focus on
"what to say".
know, there are many different types of interviews and interview
questions. You can review the different types at Job-Interview.net's
Interview Tips page. Let's
keep it simple. You're going to be asked about:
- What you know - about your work
experience, education, training, goals, character, personal qualities,
the job that you're seeking, the company that you're interviewing for,
and the knowledges required to perform the job that you're seeking.
- Identify a problem or issue - given
a situation, find the problem or issue. The question may focus
on a situation that you've handled in the past or how you would handle
a hypothetical situation.
- Identify a solution - given the
problem or issue, how do you proceed? The question may focus on
a problem or issue that you've handled in the past or how you would
proceed in a hypothetical situation.
The questions may be straightforward or
combine the above. For example, "Tell us about a safety
issue at your current job. How did you handle the issue and what
reports were you required to file?"
Your goal is to provide an answer that not
only answers the question, but also reinforce your qualifications for the
People prepare for job interview questions in
many ways. Often people will write specific answers to as many
specific questions as possible and memorize the answers.
We recommend looking at
categories of questions
and using outline answers. Why? With practice, you will hit all the important points and although your answer
will be slightly different each time, your answer will come across naturally and
with confidence. The key is to be able to think during the interview and adjust your answer to
fit the question. For example, take the category of "General Experience".
The answer to the question, "How does your current position qualify you for the
job?" is simply a variation of your answer to the question, "How does your experience qualify you for the
Key success points to remember:
- The most qualified person to do a job is
someone who has already done the job. If you were to hire someone
to fix the plumbing in your house, who would you hire? Someone who
has never fixed the plumbing or someone who has? As you answer the
interview questions, cite your work and life experiences in examples to
the interviewers that you've already done what they're looking for,
and you've done it successfully.
- The interview will typically focus on the KSA's
you've identified. If the interviewers start the interview with a
description of the job, you may learn more about the job.
- Try to use the same wording as the KSA's.
If you use different wording, then you are depending on the interviewers to
make the connection between the words you use and the KSA's. For example, if the job
requires someone to supervise, use the word
"supervise" and not the word "manage".
- Do you know the company and the job that you're interviewing for?
Check financial sources, annual reports, and news media for information on
the company, their culture and current events. If possible, visit
the company, their stores or offices to get a sense of the culture and
- What salary are you seeking? What's
the appropriate salary for the job that you're seeking, for your
geographic area and for your industry. Check Salary.com
for free salary information. Don't guess. A guess or
inaccurate information can cost you real money. To go a step
further, find out what you're worth
with a report based on your experience and qualifications.
- For each Question
Bank Index category that you've matched to a KSA, review the
answer tips that are either provided with the questions or at the
bottom of the page.
- Don't use limiting words, such as only or
just. For example, I "only" supervise five
employees. You're making an assumption that five employees is a
small number. The fact is that you don't know what the
interviewers consider as a small number and what is a large number.
You'll find tips for your interview
presentation at the Interview Game Plan.