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Culture Fit Interview Question: How Would You Answer to Get the Offer?

Culture Fit Interview Question

I had an HR consultant reach out to me and ask how we prepare candidates for culture fit interview questions.

Essentially, she wanted to know about the list of questions we use to prepare our clients for when companies want to determine if someone is a good culture fit for their organization.

This is the part of the interview process when the company has already determined that your qualifications are suitable. Now the hiring managers want to see if you are a fit with the culture of the firm.

We have a list of about a dozen questions we address with clients, but this is my personal favorite to ask.

What would your answer be?Continue Reading…

Reason for Leaving Your Job? How to Answer This Interview Question Right

 

reason-for-leavingI was asked the same interview prep question three times last week. They all more or less went like this:

“I have a simple question. I was let go from my job this week. The reason was because:

A) I had a conflict with my boss that came to a head.

Or

B) I was a whistleblower on a wrong practice my department was doing and instead of fixing it they let me go.

Or

C) My department was moved to Cincinnati and I could have gone, but I’m sick of doing this job.

What do I say for my “reason for leaving (RFL)” my job?”

A simple question. Yes. Simple to ask.

Not so simple to answer.

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4 Tips for Nailing the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

 

tell me about yourselfIt doesn’t matter how far you’ve climbed up the ladder. Everyone hates to be asked the interview question, “So, tell me about yourself.” How a candidate reacts and answers this simple interview question can be extremely telling of a candidate’s viability for an executive role, so it’s important to bring your A game to this challenge.

While this popular interviewing question does pose a lot of potential land mines, you can avoid them by following some tips.Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Be Ready for the Difficult Interview Questions


The cardinal rule of interviewing seems to be “never say anything negative on an interview.” But that does not mean the hiring manager will not ask you about the blemish, challenge or failure in your past that you would prefer not to talk about, if given the choice. Despite your best efforts, the interviewer will find a way to ask you about your unreasonable boss, the company that went bankrupt, your layoff, the sales plan you missed, the budget you exceeded, the gap in your resume or your nutty co-workers. Or maybe you were fired—<gasp>. How do you diplomatically and confidently discuss these issues with a prospective employer, when what you really want to do is hide in the nearest corner when they arise?Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Be Ready for the Difficult Interview Questions


The cardinal rule of interviewing seems to be “never say anything negative on an interview.” But that does not mean the hiring manager will not ask you about the blemish, challenge or failure in your past that you would prefer not to talk about, if given the choice. Despite your best efforts, the interviewer will find a way to ask you about your unreasonable boss, the company that went bankrupt, your layoff, the sales plan you missed, the budget you exceeded, the gap in your resume or your nutty co-workers. Or maybe you were fired—<gasp>. How do you diplomatically and confidently discuss these issues with a prospective employer, when what you really want to do is hide in the nearest corner when they arise?Continue Reading…