The "What – Why – How" Method of Interview Preparation

Job search and career sites are full of articles about how to answer those “tough” interview questions.

Frequently, we spend many hours creating resumes and cover letters, searching through the job boards and postings on the internet, and networking — all in order to get an interview. Yet few of us spend any time developing the most crucial skill of interviewing.

In today’s economy, it may take 5, 6, or even 12 rounds of interviews to secure a position versus the 2 or 3 interviews that was more of the “norm” in healthier economic times. So by developing your interviewing skills you will develop the ability to “outsell” your competitors and land the job.

You significantly improve your answers and therefore your value in the eyes of the interviewer when you answer questions with specific examples of situations where your background meets the requirements of the job.

Try using this “structure” when framing your answers:
What? (was the situation)
Why? (was it important – financial or operational impact / business results)
How? (was it addressed)
When? (speed to resolution)
By whom? (team)
Following this method takes PRACTICE and PREPARATION!

Remember: Interviewers are not only looking for the candidate who MADE it happen versus someone who was there WHEN it happened; but also have the capability of answering those “tough questions”!

Graham Riley
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CareerToolbox international, LLC

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