201 Knockout Answers to Tough Interview Questions: The Ultimate Guide to Handling the New Competency-Based Interview Style
By: Linda Matias (author)Paperback
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Increasingly, employers today are using a tough new kind of interview to evaluate candidates and determine how well they think on their feet. To be successful in these new competency-based interviews, job seekers must be prepared with situation-specific examples that highlight the accomplishments, knowledge, and abilities they have that employers need. Featuring a plethora of sample questions and winning answers. This indispensable guide features fill-in-the-blank exercises readers can use to prepare themselves to demonstrate sought-after competencies and wow potential employers. It's a powerful book no job seeker should be without.
Linda Matias runs CareerStrides, a career consulting firm. She coaches clients on effective interview techniques. A former president of the National Resume Writers Association, her syndicated column appears on sites including CareerKnowHow.com, JobSeekerAdvice.com, and others. She also writes a column and produces a podcast for the YouTube channel CareerStrides and is the author of How to Say It(R) Job Interviews.
Contents Introduction 201 Competency-Based Interview Questions at a Glance PART I: THE FUNDAMENTALS Chapter 1: What Are Competency-Based Interviews? Competency-Based vs.Traditional Interview Questions Proficiencies That Competency-Based Questions Measure Industry-Specific Competencies Chapter 2: Preparing for Competency-Based Interview Questions Identify and Highlight Your Accomplishments When You Lack Specific Experience Industry-Specific Accomplishments Identify Your Core Competencies Keep SOAR in Mind Chapter 3: Leverage Your Competency-Based Resume Competency-Based Resume Tips Accomplishment-Based Information The Objective or Profile Statement The Professional Experience Section Selected Resume Formats Chapter 4: Why Candidates Do Not Get Hired When Examples Go Wrong A Negative Mind-Set A Potpourri of Other Interview Mistakes Chapter 5: Seven Ways to Stand Out During the Interview Write a Personal Brand Statement ReduceYour Anxiety ImproveYour Speaking Voice Be Concise Common Words and Phrases to Avoid Make Specific Statements Script or Outline Your Responses PART II: COMPETENCY-BASED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Chapter 6: Competency #1-Individual Responsibility Decisiveness Independence Flexibility Career Goals Chapter 7: Competency #2-Managerial/Leadership Skills Leadership Employee Motivation Ability to Delegate Strategic Planning Chapter 8: Competency #3-Personal Motivation Ambition Initiative Chapter 9: Competency #4-Analytical Skills Problem Solving Attention to Detail Chapter 10: Competency #5-People Skills Team Orientation Customer Service Communications PART III: THE END OF THE INTERVIEW Chapter 11: Closing the Job Interview Some Closing Mistakes The Closing Statement Chapter 12: The Interview Follow-Up Follow-Up Pointers Competency-Based Follow-Up Letters Contributors About the Author
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