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Insider's Look at Job Interviewing

When you go into a job interview are you ready to answer the hard questions? Think so? Most people believe that and then they get there and they don’t get hired. They make a mistake which typically comes from how they answer the questions.

It makes me wonder how much time people actually prepare before they face the employer. For example:

1. Have you written out answers to the potential questions you are likely to get asked? It’s a terrific technique I advise my clients to do to help them improve before they go into an interview.

2. Did you research the company and the job? Have you gone on LinkedIn and reviewed the hiring manager’s profile? You can learn a lot and its important info you want to know before you meet face-to-face.

3. Are you armed with your 5 Point Agenda and your 60 Second Sell? These tools are essential to excel in the interview.

4. Is your interview outfit a contemporary suit? Does it fit well and make you look terrific? Knowing your look your best will add to your self-confidence.

5. Are you ready for the salary questions? Do you know what your skills are worth in today’s market place and exactly what you should expect to be paid? If not, try looking at Payscale.com to learn the answer.

According to Glassdoor, here are some of the tricky questions that you would have been asked recently if you went for an interview at Apple. Keep in mind that many companies like to ask these kinds of hard questions.

• "What are your failures, and how have you learned from them?"

• "Describe an interesting problem and how you solved it."

• "Have you ever disagreed with a manager's decision, and how did you approach the disagreement? Give a specific example and explain how you rectified this disagreement, what the final outcome was, and how that individual would describe you today."

• "Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of."

• "Describe yourself, what excites you?"

• "If we hired you, what do you want to work on?"

• "Why should we hire you?"

• Are you creative? What's something creative that you can think of?"

• "Describe a humbling experience."

• "What's more important, fixing the customer's problem or creating a good customer experience?"

• "Show me (role play) how you would show a customer you're willing to help them by only using your voice."

It was Apple after all, which means they would been asked some curve ball questions:

• "How many children are born every day?"

• "When you walk in the Apple Store as a customer, what do you notice about the store/how do you feel when you first walk in?"

• "You have a 100 coins lying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. 10 of them are heads up, 90 are tails up. You can't feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up. Split the coins into two piles such that there are the same number of heads in each pile."

• "There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?"

• “If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what's the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What's the optimal solution?”

Preparation is the key to being ready and excelling in any job interview.

So are you ready to go in and do your best to impress an employer?

Robin Ryan

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America's most popular career counselor, Robin Ryan, is the author of four bestselling books: 60 Seconds & You're Hired!, Winning Resumes, Winning Cover Letters, and What to Do with the Rest of Your Life. She's appeared on over a thousand TV & radio shows including Oprah, Dr. Phil, and has been published in most major newspapers and magazines including USA Today & the Wall Street journal. Contact her at 425.226.0414; email: info@robinryan.com.