Dear job seeker,
Many things have changed in the job interviews during the last five years. The days when you simply talked about your working experience, answered a few questions almost everyone was aware of, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “What are your weaknesses?”, or “What motivates you in work?”, and signed a new job contract, are gone.
Things have become more sophisticated, and situational, behavioral, and tricky questions prevail in the interviews today.
What’s more, with the recent pandemic, many interviews take place online. This format emphasizes the importance of your interview answers, because you cannot benefit anymore from that firm and warm handshake, eye to eye contact, and other strengths you may have in face to face interactions with other human beings.
Everything is about your answers to their questions now. Whether you do not remain silent, whether you have a situation ready for each behavioral question, and can convince the hiring managers of right attitude to work, customers, colleagues, and life.
That’s why I put together the most comprehensive interview preparation guide online, reflecting the reality of the interviews in Fortune 500 companies, and in big public institutions. Here’s what I have for you:
In the eBook, you will find multiple brilliant answers (from 3 to 10, including answers for people with no previous working experience) to each of the following questions:
- Describe the situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone.
- What is the most competitive situation you’ve experienced?
- Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve the problem.
- Describe a situation when you faced a particularly demanding problem or challenge in your personal life. How did that affect you in your job?
- What does quality mean to you?
- Why shouldn’t we hire you?
- Who has impacted you the most in your career?
- How do you define success?
- Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
- Sell me this pen (role play).
- If you were an animal, what would you be?
- Have you ever worked on a project that was a failure?
- What is your greatest professional achievement?
- Tell me about a time when you were overwhelmed with work.
- and 90 other common, situational, behavioral, and tricky interview questions.
I tried to keep things simple and straightforward. The eBook is divided into three sections: common interview questions (21 questions), behavioral and situational questions (31 questions), and the tricky questions (52 questions). You can also easily find any question in a table of contents.
Each question is followed by a hint, describing what the hiring managers try to find out (the purpose of the question), and what you should focus on in your answer. Some hints are longer and some are shorter, depending on the difficulty and complexity of the question.
Sample answers follow the hint. The number of sample answers depends on the difficulty of each question, but more than fifty questions have 7 or more sample answers, and each question has some sample answers for people without previous working experience, so you can really choose an answer which reflects your attitude, preferences, situation–basically one which resonates with you…
Check the samples below to see how the Interview Success Guide 2.0 can help you:
Q 27: Tell me about an obstacle you overcame.
Hint: Life is not a walk in a park on Sunday afternoon. Each of us faces all kinds of obstacles in both personal and professional life. And while not all barriers can be crossed–sometimes we have to accept them and move on, or, step backwards, it’s your attitude to overcoming obstacles that interests the interviewers.
Are you ready to make sacrifices when trying to achieve something in life? Can you step out of your comfort zone when situation demands it? Do you give up easily, or do you never give up? And when you finally overcame the obstacle on your way, didn’t ten other obstacles appear in front of you?
That’s what they try to find out with this question, and the situation you narrate should demonstrate your never-give-up attitude, and readiness to face challenges the new job presents. Let’s have a look at sample answers that can help you demonstrate this attitude.
– I was introverted for a long time, which was a result of some traumatic experiences I had in my early childhood. It had a profound impact on both my relationships and professional career. I would just sit and listen in the meeting, often answering questions with silence, my eyes downcast.
But I eventually found a courage to work with a psychologist, and to undergo a therapy. As I result I overcame my mental block, started to trust people again, and even started a relationship. It wasn’t an easy process, but I did not give up, and here I am, living quite a normal life now, and interviewing for a great job with you.
– My biggest obstacle was to get to vet school. I didn’t have best grades, because when I was younger I didn’t understand the importance they’d have on my future studies and career, and I wasn’t responsible enough to excel in school. I failed to get to a vet school two years in a row. Many people would give up and try something else, but I decided to follow my dream.
While not studying I tried to get experience from veterinary practices and a zoo, because I believed it would help me in my application. This eventually turned out to be true. I got to vet school, earned my degree, and now I apply for a job with you.
– I do not like the word obstacle. In my opinion, most limitations and obstacles are self-imposed. One can achieve whatever they want to achieve. It’s just about having ambition and dreaming big, regardless of what the others are saying. Sure, everyone is not born into a good family, having resources to study and to pursue their dreams.
But even if you are lucky, just as I was, you still have to overcome your laziness, step out of your comfort zone, and stick with one thing long enough, to eventually succeed. That’s what I’ve been trying to do up to this point.
– My health was my biggest obstacle. I had bowel issues all my adolescent life, and also problems with food allergy and intolerance, and some related health issues. But I was brave enough to try different diets, though I faced an opposition form my family and also the doctors weren’t supportive of such drastic changes. Eventually I found out that vegan diet, based primarily on cooked vegetables and legumes, works best for my health. I got rid of almost all health issues, and can finally function normally in my daily life.
– I remember a good example from my last job. We tried to develop an innovative mobile app, with a goal to help with screening for certain health issues. But the project was very innovative, I didn’t have full support from the management, and they didn’t allocate sufficient budget for the project. Well, I could have just given up and moved on. But I didn’t do that.
I pleaded with them, presented more and more arguments, because I knew that if we succeeded, we could have built the next big thing. Eventually I managed to convince the managers, and they extended the budget. We eventually didn’t succeed with our goal–the app wasn’t accurate enough to break into mainstream use. But I am still glad that I tried, and overcame an obstacle.
– To be honest, I haven’t overcome any huge obstacles yet in my life. I am lucky enough to be healthy, and to somehow thrive in most things I do. I know that some obstacles will come, sooner or later, both in my personal and professional life. And I hope to be ready to face them. My goals and ambitions should drive me forward, and help me overcome the obstacles.
– I carried the biggest obstacles within. My complexes and my prejudice didn’t allow me to open up to the world, to have some impact, and most importantly to live freely and happily. Just recently I learned the most important skill in life–if we can call it a skill–to live in a present moment.
Giving my full attention to the activity I am doing–be it teaching, cooking, playing, anything, I am not anymore imprisoned by those thoughts … what other think about me, whether I am a success or a failure, etc. Now I understand that such questions aren’t important at all. Overcoming this obstacle was the most important achievement of my life.
Q 50: When you worked on multiple projects, how did you prioritize?
Hint: Corporate managers love to bury their employees under a heavy workload. They assign you yet another client, or one more project. You are working overtime already–they know it. But why wouldn’t you take some work home, or manage your time better while in the office?
You are young, and you can surely handle a heavy workload. And if you cannot, they will simply chew you and squeeze you to the maximum, until you cannot stand it any longer and leave the place, or experience a complete burnout…
Mark my words: if they ask you about managing multiple projects or working on several project simultaneously, it’s not necessarily a good sign in an interview, and you should consider twice whether to accept their offer. Back to the question though.
You can prioritize your work according to deadlines, importance of each task, or even according to how you feel, and what task you can realistically do at a certain time of the day.
Each of that is fine, as long as you have a system, some criteria, and can decide on your own. Ensure the hiring managers that you do not rely on luck, coincidence, or a flip of a coin. You have your way of prioritizing work, and just as you followed it in your last job, you can do so in their place…
– I always try to have a to do list in work. I assign low, mid, or high priority to each task on the list–not to the entire project. And then I work accordingly–taking care of the tasks with highest priority first, regardless of the project they belong to.
Of course, when I got a call from a manager, or a specific deadline was set for me to deliver some report, or some analysis, I prioritized it to other tasks to ensure I’d meet the deadline. In my opinion, the most important thing is to have a meaningful system in your work, something you can rely on when you aren’t sure what to do next. That’s what I always try to do.
– This is my first job application, so I have not experienced this situation before. But I recall my school times, when we had to prepare for different exams, plus of course I had my duties outside of school. I think it is important to set your priorities clear–for me school was my first priority, and hence I prioritized my student duties to everything else.
In the workplace probably my manager will set the priorities, or I will decide about them based on certain criteria. Once it is clear what has a priority, it’s easy to decide on which project I should work each day in the job.
– To be honest, I actually struggled to prioritize, and that’s one of the reasons why I am here today. They assigned me to many projects in my last job, one too many I’d say. I was getting 100+ emails daily, from different people involved in different projects. I also had to participate on several short meetings, almost daily. And to tell the truth, most of them were pointless.
When you sum everything up, I actually didn’t have time to do the real work–I was just attending meetings or answering emails. Prioritization was out of question. I tried to explain this to my manager, but they did not get it. Hence I left them, and I am looking for work in some place with a better management.
– I divided my day in work to three parts. Early morning was the most productive time. I arrived before anyone else, nobody bothered me with anything, and I could work on some tasks that demanded creativeness, or a lot of thinking, or a quiet office. That’s when I worked on the most important tasks in all my projects. Later during the day when the office was buzzing with people and everyone wanted something from me, I spent time responding to emails and internal communication, and taking care of easier administrative work. Later in the afternoon when the atmosphere calmed down again, I focused on more creative tasks again, working always on the one with the closest deadline.
– I’ve never worked anywhere, but I guess the entire life is about prioritization. We try to juggle our roles in life–a son, a father, a colleague, a friend, a husband and perhaps even a lover… depends on how many of them you have. The more balls you have in the air, the more difficult it gets.
My personal philosophy is to try to find balance in life. I mean, you should not give all your time to work, or to your wife, totally neglecting all other bonds and relationships. And you should always try to find some time also for your own hobbies, when you do something you love. In my opinion, a similar attitude may work well in the job.
Instead of prioritizing one project to another (which will certainly result in a neglect of some duties in the later), I’d prefer dividing my time in work, and give some time to each project and each manager–so we progress on all fronts… But as I said, I am new to the workforce. I’d gladly learn from more experienced managers how to prioritize my work in a most effective way, while working on multiple projects.
– To be honest, it depended on the client, or my manager–who was more demanding, or threatened to fire me, or similar stuff. I know this isn’t the right way to prioritize in work. Yet in worked that way in my last job, and I am pretty sure it works that way in many other companies. It is not easy to get over our ego, and my former managers had big egos. And since I knew it was wrong, and could not stand this model any longer, I decided to quit.
I hope that in your corporation you have a better system in place, or a better management, and I will be able to prioritize work according to milestones, deadlines, and urgency, and not the wishes and threats of different managers.
– I worked under an autocratic leader in my last job. It had certain disadvantages, but at the same time it was easier to prioritize, because they always told me exactly what I should do. They loved to have everything under control. Hence I simply worked on the task they assigned me to, and when I was done with it, I asked what I should do next. It was as simple as that. Having said that, I feel ready to decide on my own, and if I should prioritize the work I will decide according to deadlines and importance of each task on my list.
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These were just two questions – You will find 104 in the eBook, basically everything hiring managers can throw at you in an interview in 2020 and beyond.
And that’s it. I do not want to waste your time with lengthy sales pages, imaginary last minute discounts, or fake reviews, just like most other people do, when trying to sell you various digital products & consultations online. That’s not my style.
But I can tell you a bit about myself, just so you know who you are buying the Interview Success Package 2.0 from:
- I’ve been working in international recruitment since 2008. From 2008 to 2012 I led a recruitment consultancy called New Generation Recruitment (clients ranged from big players like Siemens and IBM to smaller local companies), and since 2013 I work mainly as an interview coach and writer. I switched my career from helping corporations to helping job seekers :).
- I’m the founder of InterviewPenguin.com, and author of more than 200 articles published on the website (the website you are browsing right now, so you should be aware of the quality of the content, and you can expect even better in the eBook), which is one of the leading players in career & job interviews niche, and had more than 1.5 million visits during the last twelve months…
Anyway, enough about me. It’s your career that matters, so back to the product: You have read the samples, you know what the eBook is about, and surely you can tell whether it will help you.
I sincerely believe it will make things ten times easier for you in the interviews. And it doesn’t matter whether you are fresh of the college, or have twenty years of experience under your belt, but was hit by the pandemic, lost the job, and will interview for a new one after many years…
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- Brilliant answers to 104 interview questions, including common, situational, behavioral, and tricky questions. Basically everything a hiring manager can throw at you.
- Several sample answers to each question (up to ten), so you can choose one that reflects your values and experience.
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- 56 minutes long, mp3, audio recording.
- Learn what matters in an interview, how to convince them that you are a perfect candidate for the job, and how to win them over.
- Winning interview strategies from the recording will help you in any job interview you ever go to.
This is an older product that was around from 2017. Nevertheless, the lesson as still 100% valid, and listening to them will simply help you to tweak some minor details, and to ensure that you avoid any mistakes on the big day…
Do I really need your Interview Success Package? Cannot I prepare for the interviews without it?
Honestly, if you have enough time, know how to find information and work with them, know what questions to look for online, and if you can tell a good interview answer from a poor one (which is not easy at all), you can find online everything you need to ace your interview.
Three or four days of quality research, filtering the information, and learning, will do the trick.
But if you do not have time, or aren’t sure how to tell a good answer from a poor one, or simply prefer someone with years of recruiting and interviewing experience to spoon-feed you, you should consider purchasing your Interview Success Package 2.0.
Consider it an investment in your professional career, not an expense. The $39 you pay one time here will easily pay back in two or three hours in your new job (or in an hour, if you apply for some position with an excellent salary).
Shouldn’t I hire an interview coach instead?
It is certainly an option, but keep in mind that a single lesson with a professional interview coach would cost you 150 dollars, or more. You can google for interview coaching in your area to see the prices.
And honestly, there is no chance you would cover 100 questions in a single session with a coach. You would need at least five sessions. So you can do the math…
With the Interview Success Package 2.0, you do not have to pay hundreds of dollars to get ready for an interview. You can access the information right now, work with them whenever you want, and pay much less than you would for an interview coach. That’s what I offer you here–nothing more, and nothing less.
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