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Bizarre Interview Questions - Canadian Business Magazine Interview

I was interviewed by Canadian Business magazine on how to respond to bizarre interview questions. While out-of-the-box interview questions are nothing new, they do take on new forms to reflect the times.

I'm not convinced that all interviewers have a specific intent and valid expectation of what they hope to get from the question. Typically, bizarre interview questions are inserted into the interview to catch you off guard and see how you respond, test how current you are, or how well you can rel…

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How to Follow-Up after Interviewing

Maintaining a presence outside of the interview

Follow-up phone calls certainly aren’t out of the place, in particular if you have made it to the short-list, and if you have other opportunities that you are trying to manage. Here are some factors to consider:

Timing

It is always a good idea to understand where possible, where you are in the timing of a recruitment process. Candidates that get in early, often have to wait longer. Sometimes, you need to be patient (while of course continuing to searc…

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Nail that Interview Presentation

Crafting the best interview

A common practice in interviewing for senior roles is to require candidates to make a presentation, with the hiring organization issuing instructions on time limit and subject. While this may seem like a daunting experience, it can actually be good for your candidacy, if you prepare. Presenting puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to demonstrate sides of you that may not be as evident in a traditional interview situation. The presentation may also precede a bus…

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The Effectiveness of Interview Follow-up Letters

Will you get hired just because you sent a thank-you letter? No, likely not. Could it help your candidacy? Absolutely.

The strength of your candidacy is made up of many different data points. Your ability to do the job. Your professional background. Your education and credentials. Whether you were an applicant, headhunted, or referred to the search. How well you did in the interview. How much they see you fitting in the organization. Your references. Some, of course, are more important than othe…

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Why are you interested in this job? In our company?

Why us?

I have been digging deep into how to answer specific interview questions. Tell me about yourself and Why should we hire you? are definitely worth a read if this subject is of interest to you.

Next: “Why do you want this job?” “Why are you interested in this job?”

Good questions. Why are you? Alas, so many job seekers have trouble answering this question because their presence in this interview is a result of three reasons:

  1. A desire to have a new job (fair enough)

  2. Broadcasting their resume to …

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Survive that Behavioral Interview Teleclass

One of the things we do here at Bold Career is mock interviews for our clients. We wanted to extend that learning opportunity to more people around the subject of interviewing.

Behavioral interviews have become the norm rather than the exception. If you expect to be interviewing in the future and you haven’t figured out how to sell yourself in a behavioral interview, then you have a big problem.

In this 90-minute teleclass, I will show you the formula that will allow you to effectively demonstra…

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6 Steps to Answering Why Should We Hire You?

Checking off the boxes to being hired

Some interview questions are more important than others. Why should we hire you is the most important interview question. The question comes in two basic forms:

  • Why should we hire you? Or, why you over someone else?

  • What would you bring to our company?

Common Mistakes in Answering the Why Should We Hire You Question

I rarely see people do well with the why should we hire you question. Here are the most common mistakes:

  • Candidate doesn’t spend enough time on the qu…

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Tell me about yourself

Such an innocent sounding question…No! It is a trap, and one that most people fall into. This common opener in interviews is not an invitation to recite your resume. Nor, spend 2 minutes talking about your favorite hobby. This is an opportunity – a predictable opportunity, to craft an engaging, intriguing executive summary of who you are and why you are there in the interview. There is no hard and fast rule as to how long it should be, but let’s say up to a minute.

  • Interviewers are known to make …

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