Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

May 2, 2011

"How would you move Mt. Fuji?"

Filed under: Interviewing — Larry @ 9:52 pm

The scripture, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30), is certainly one to live by when in the interview phase of your job search. First of all, remember that if you have a face-to-face interview, you have already succeeded in convincing them that you are sufficiently qualified for the position for them to take the time from their busy schedules to talk to you. Considering how many resumes and network contacts they receive, this is a significant achievement these days.

However, you still need to convince them that you are the best choice of all the remaining candidates, so preparation is still important. Since interviewing is a very interactive process, it is difficult to predict exactly what the interviewer will ask. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help you prepare for both the ‘standard’ questions (e.g., “Tell me about yourself.”) and the ‘off-the-wall’ questions (e.g., the title of this article is a question that was actually used in an interview).

To start with, I recommend “The Riley Guide: Network, Interview, & Negotiate” at http://rileyguide.com/interview.html. This site is a list of interview advice sites that address general and specific interview situations. It also has a section for sites with advice on handling the ‘behavioral’ questions that seem to stump so many of us. And it includes a listing of helpful sites for:

· The 30-Second Elevator Pitch

· Addressing Problems (such as a not-so-perfect employment history)

· How to handle Improper Interview Questions

· How to handle the “Are You Overqualified?

· After the Interview…

· Variations on the Job Interview

The Job Interview Guide at http://www.jobinterviewquestions.org/questions/interview-guide.asp is very helpful with example questions/answers and tips for a wide variety of interviewing scenarios, including preparing for an interview that will be conducted during a meal.

For help with the Off-the-Wall Job Interview Questions (aka Critical Thinking Interview Questions), you might want to start with http://www.quintcareers.com/wild_card_interview_questions.html

And finally, an interesting site, http://www.jobsite.co.uk/bemyinterviewer/, where you can choose a video of professional interviewer asking interview questions, and then you base the quality of your response on their explanation of the purpose of the question.

Also, you might want to check out “The Weirdest Job Interview Questions” on absnews.com (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/weirdest-job-interview-questions-handle/story?id=10946743)

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