If you are mired in an active job search, you already know that the interview is an ongoing process of back-and-forth questioning. Are you overwhelmed by having to answer the same questions over and over again?
No matter who you talk to you are going to be subjected to what seems like a sea of "why" questions. If you have been interviewing for a long time and not making any significant progress, it is easy to get frustrated and irritated by the routine interview questions.
However, like it or not, it is a necessary "evil" that you must overcome in your job search journey - I suggest taking a different approach and different attitude with the "why" questions. Make sure that you have your own list of "why" questions that will help you determine if the position is a right match for you.
ANSWERING THE EMPLOYERS' QUESTIONS:
-- Why are you interested in this position?
Answer: Focus on the company's industry or marketplace reputation and lead into a brief discussion of how your skills and experience fit well with the open position
-- Why should we hire you?
Answer: Focus on specific achievements using the Challenge-Action-Results or Situation-Tasks-Action-Results that speak directly to common challenges the company may face.
-- Why are you looking to change positions (or change careers)
Answer: Focus on the best highlights of your career, describe how the new position fits into your career goals. and ere-mphasize your interest in the position and how you can bring value.
Note: Do NOT bad-mouth or criticize your current or most recent position.
-- Why did you accept a position that is clearly below your competency level?
Answer: Avoid giving a response that sounds like "I just needed a job", highlight what you learned from the position - new skills, opportunity to hone and strengthen existing skills, leadership experience, new industry knowledge, etc.
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