Category: Interview tips

Describe yourself and what makes you unique, 150 characters or fewer

If you ask around, you’ll hear a few different approaches to this question as well as some vitriol aimed at interviewers who ask job candidates to explain why they are unique. Some people say to explain how hiring you will benefit the company and the interviewer. That’s an important message, but it probably needs to […]

Interviewee question: tell me about yourself

I just had an interview with a decent company. I think it went OK. I just want to ask your opinion on something. In school, we had several accounting professors who were partners in big fours, some were CFOs, COO, and CAO. Basically they weren’t people from the street, they were successful individuals. Whenever it […]

Personality question: Who was your favorite Beatle?

Believe it or not I had a boss who would always ask people who their favorite Beatle was. If they said John he considered them radical or left leaning, if they said George they were moderate centrists and if the said Paul he considered them more conservative or right leaning. If someone said Ringo he […]

Trick questions

Most interviewers are smart enough not to use them but some claim that trick questions are good for spotting people like to spew BS. I don’t like these questions personally but there is something to that. These questions make it easy to spot when someone is pretending to know what they’re talking about. Given the […]

Personality question: what kind of animal are you?

Some interview questions seem ridiculous and impossible to answer. Many of these crazy sounding questions are personality questions and if you recognize a personality question, you can actually forget about trying to find the right answer and just relax – let your personality show. what kind of animal are you? There’s no right answer (but […]

Hired! by Elinor Stutz – book review

I approached Elinor Stutz’s Hired! published by Career Press with some interest since I actively teach interview skills and I want to make sure I’m giving my students the best ideas to work with. Plus I have no real sales experience so perhaps someone trained in sales would have some good insights on applying sales […]

Tell us about yourself: how to & how not to

You have to be careful when it comes to taking advice on how to interview from the internet. Lots of people want to give you interview advice but much of the advice people want to give is not worth taking. Let’s look at this example of how to answer the question, Tell us about yourself. […]