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Simple Truths About Handling the 5 Toughest Challenges in a Job Interview

Tips From The Pros

Follow the Rule of Three. A great practice to follow in interviewing, but especially when interviewing on short notice, is the “Rule of Three.” Simply put, it means delivering an answer in three parts to any question that might demand more than a “Yes” or “No” reply. Preface each part by saying “First,” “Second,” and “Third,” or something similar such as “Finally.” Here's an example:

Q: “Why do you want to work for us?”

A: “First, I know I can be of help to you in solving those problems you mentioned. Also, I honestly like your culture here; it's obviously added to your success. And finally, I would say that your new product line impresses me. I think it's a winner!”

With a little practice, it becomes easy to present answers that are concise, simple to construct as you go along, and simple for the interviewer to remember. Don't worry about each part being a perfect answer. Strive for plausibility, not perfection. As long as you're in the ballpark, you'll score a hit!

Pierre G. Daunic, Ph.D., CCM, CRW, CECC

Fast Forward Career Services, LLC

Be sure to have the traditional and behavioral interview questions with your answers thoroughly thought through ahead of time, and practice your responses. Be prepared! If absolutely necessary, you can always ask to change the date and time (to buy yourself a day or two) by saying, “I am very excited to interview with you; however, I am already booked tomorrow. Can you tell me what other dates and times are available?” If an alternative time is offered, great! If not, the decision is yours: If you really want a chance at the position, you may indicate that you will rearrange your schedule to accommodate the interview.

Marilyn A. Feldstein, MPA, JCTC, MBTI, PHR

Career Choices Unlimited

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