Get the best answers to the most typical job interview questions.
Here’s a quick guide to 3 common interview questions. If you click the link, it will take you to a video that will tell you what a great answer should look like.
If you want more, I have an amazing (and free) series for you: Mock Interview Training. It asks you a typical job interview question like, “What’s your greatest weakness?”, lets you enter your answer, and then plays a video of me answering it so you can compare and see if your answer really sells you for the job. It’s fun, and very popular. Find out more here: Mock Interview Training.
Always email a thank you after every job interview
Never underestimate how important thank you letters are to the impression you make on the company in your job interview process.
I continue to be surprised by how many job seekers skip this step. But believe me, hiring managers notice if you don’t send one. Not sending a thank you note makes you look like you don’t care about getting that job.
It’s not just a manners thing…although they matter a lot. In a contest between two equally qualified people, the one with the nice manners seems like a much more pleasant person to work with for the next few years.
Thank you letters serve several purposes for you besides politeness:
- They get your name in front of the hiring manager one more time.
- They are one more chance to sell yourself as the best, most qualified person for the job.
- They show your ability to take in information (the interview) and provide feedback or new ideas about whatever problem or issue the company faces (why they need you). For example: “I thought about your concerns about how to handle xyz delivery issues, when I was a product manager at ABC corporation, we used………”
And always make sure your thank you note is sent as a thank you email. Handwritten thank-yous are nice, but e-mails are fast. Hiring decisions can be made quickly, and you don’t want to miss your chance to influence it.
Click to get a FREE audio on how to follow up after the interview.
What the interviewer thinks about what you wear to the interview
Not dressing appropriately for your interview is high on the list of top 10 interview mistakes. I did my own survey of medical sales managers to find out what they expect you to wear in a job interview. Do they expect to see a female candidate in a skirt or dress? Or are pants OK? I not only got them to vote on it, I got their comments and thoughts. What about facial hair, jewelery, suits vs. coordinating outfit, even the heel height on your shoes.
Click the video to watch what to wear to a job interview
If you make a great first impression with your looks, you can confirm their impression of your greatness with a 30/60/90-day plan. It’s THE job interview tool I would never interview without…no matter what I was wearing.