By Kirk W. Nobbe
In the course of your job interview process you may well come across difficult to answer questions. Ultimately you are sitting across from the interviewer for the job and conducting the series of the interviews to obtain employment. You are not there for your health or enjoyment so to say. The purpose of the interview process is to move you along the interview process format to gain lawful employment. Interview one – screening, interview two more information and perhaps verification with additional interviewers – either from inside the department6 or a more experienced staff member from outside the department or geographical company location. Interview three is generally where it gets down to serious matters and brass tacks. If you encounter difficult to answer job employment interview questions you want the whole process to run smoothly. It is best to plan ahead and anticipate difficult to answer questions in the interview process. Prepare for these questions in order that the whole interview process not be derailed and stopped dead in its tracks. Otherwise you may be denied and not receive job and career employment offers and opportunities.
. If you anticipate and prepare answers you will be in a much better position to have the interview ‘flow’ in sequence. True you may well not be able to anticipate all questions and answers that you may encounter. Still you will be in a much better position to answer the most standard queries and problems, and as well be better prepared to answer off the fly promptly, smoothly and credibly.
Remember you or not doing or have done anything wrong or illegal. You are simply planning ahead to answer reasonable questions, that you may encounter in the interview process, succinctly, truthfully and credibly in order to obtain employment.
As an example you may be asked to explain periods of long unemployment in your work history. There are two possible situations. If there are several short gaps – then this can be simply explained as job hunting periods. You might also want to revise your resume to list employment periods in year formats rather than year and month. If the gaps are longer and more numerous – then you might want to explain this ahead of time as points to cover in your resume and especially in your cover letter.
By doing this you will of covered this matter proactively in your resume documentation. If you have traveled to this point in the resume process – then it already has been covered and dealt with by the interviewer. You may be asked just to verify, or as a test to see your response and your ability of presentation.. If you are this point of the interview process already this hurdle has already been covered and overcome.
You may be in a situation where you went to college and did not earn or complete you degree. You may want to mention the college and nothing else. Leave it at that. Never tell a mistruth and claim that you have a degree of qualification that you have not obtained. Simple as that. If the interviewer does give you a hard time on that matter – hold you’re cool. Do not let your ego be involved. At the worst, if you find that the interviewer is needlessly intrusive over your situation and past, then consider it a godsend that you discovered these traits of the firm or organization ahead of time and saved yourself a lot of grief working under not so desirable conditions and staff.
If you are a novice to the employment field, or are applying to a new field of endeavor you may well anticipate that your work history or lack of it bears little in relation to the job on hand. This as well can be anticipated and dealt with in your resume and cover letter. Stress how your work experience, experiences and qualifications have prepared you for the job employment on hand that you are applying for.
Lastly you may be in the enviable as well as now relatively rare position of having held the same job or employer for a long period of time. In such a situation the job and job description can be split into the different and distinct areas of responsibilities of job and its responsibilities as the job and the job responsibilities changed and evolved over time. Remember that as an employee you can never be faulted for loyalty and appreciation to your employer as well and having a stable job and employment history. If it happens that conditions at present are not to your liking at the job that you are leaving, it is best to never badmouth your employer or employment situation. You and not the employer will come off worse for wear. If you have been downsized or outsourced then this will be quite obvious that it is ‘not your fault’ and the interviewing firm can consider it their good fortune that you are sitting across the table from them.
Remember that in the end the employment and interview process is all about the employer getting a worker that will be an asset to their company, firm or organization and you getting a god job, income and hopefully a career.
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