From the Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! 5 Interview Statements. True or False?
As a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs on success stories and tips for job seekers going through career transition on the topics of resumes, the interview, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects to help you through career transition. Today, I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different. So, this week we’ll take a quiz to review two of my blog posts written earlier this year on the interview and relevant today. Let's see what you remember. If you haven't read my former interview posts, let's see how much you know. Let’s have some fun with this. Ready? Here we go...
Below are 5 true or false questions based on two of my popular blog posts titled “Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember” and the “Top Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Women and Men to Dress for Success.”
5 Interview Question
Review the interview statements below. Are they True or False?
1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments. Even if it’s unrelated to the job, it’s still one of your accomplishments.
2. Focus your answers on your skills
3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer.
4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses in the interview.
5. Do wear light cologne or none at all.
1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments even if it's unrelated to the job. False. Do answer all situational questions with an accomplishment. However, you do want to direct your answers to the company needs. And, present your answers on what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you. Many interviewees do not remember to do this. I also recommend using the S.A.R. statement to answer all accomplishments. S.A.R. stands for Situation, Action, Result. Begin with the verb that best describes your role. For example, managed, developed or represented. Discuss briefly 3 or 4 actions without too much detail. And, end with the result. What was the outcome of your accomplishment that made it a success? If possible, quantify the results with a specific dollar amount or percentage increased or reduced. If the results are not available yet, projections are acceptable. Remember to speak the language of the industry where you are interviewing. This will tell the interviewer you are a good fit and ready to make the change.
2. Focus on your skills. True. Be specific. Say the skills the interviewer is looking for in your answers at least three times throughout your interview. For example, if you are in Human Resources Management, you may want to name drop the skills Talent Management, Human Resources Management, and Training and Development. What the employer hears three times in the interview, they will remember.
3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer. False. Do wear conservative colors only. Conservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you. Do not wear power colors to the interview. For example, red is a power color. Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.
4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. False. It is not acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. Eye contact is important. Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would wear sunglasses, however, interviewers see it often. I remember seeing someone in an interview with sunglasses and a bright orange tie. This is a perfect example of what not to do.
5. Do wear light cologne or none at all. True. Ladies and gentlemen, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne of an allergy. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.
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