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How to Handle Tough Interview Questions

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From the Career Development Suite

For thousands of people, the actual interview presents one of the most stressful parts of the job-search process. Unfortunately, an interview can be a make-or-break moment. It’s always tough to make a positive first impression the second time around.

If you flub the first interview, there is a likelihood you may not make the cut, no matter how impressive your resume is.

The key to success often lies in combatting your nerves. The following are some tough questions interviewers may ask along with practical suggestions on how to frame a positive answer.

Q. Why do you want to work in this industry?

Focus on your personal history, if possible, within the industry. Share a personal success story.

Q. What can you tell us about yourself?

Focus on personal strengths and how they can support the position you’re applying for. If possible, illustrate your answer with examples.

Q. What’s your opinion of your previous employer?

Make your past employer experience shine. Focus on the benefits you gained while in their employment. A negative answer about a past employer can kill your chances of landing a present job.

Q. Why do you wish to leave your current job?

Field a positive answer. Express your desire to experience new challenges, broaden your horizons, and gain new skill sets.

There are probably a thousand good answers — along with bad answers — you could give during an interview. The best piece of advice is to adopt a positive attitude that will manifest in every answer you give.

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