Free Interview Answers:
Your Solution to Interview Preparation!
Our free interview answers will help you get ready for the toughest interviews. Candidates who are
good at interviewing are always learning. They take advice to heart in the preparation that they do.
They apply their own experience to the information they stumble across, especially when it's as
relevant as our free interview answers and the questions that go with them. Think Jeopardy! Practice enough, and
you will learn how to weave your best accomplishments into your responses without even thinking. Be one of those
people who "interview well" and you'll always be invited back for Round 2!
TELL ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU CHANGED
YOUR INTERPERSONAL STYLE MIDSTREAM BECAUSE
SOMETHING WASN'T WORKING. HOW DID YOU KNOW
THAT THE NEW STYLE WOULD WORK?
Do you play to your audience? Can you tell when you're
losing the person you're talking to because your styles are not compatible?
Are you familiar with the concept of "mirroring?" This
question is about listening skills and picking up on nonverbal
cues in building interpersonal relationships.
Do you tend to announce that you're changing tracks -- i.e.
"I can see that I'm not being clear...let me try another
approach..." or are you more subtle? This question is
easiest to answer in a customer context, but if you have
other scenarios that come to mind, don't hesitate to share
the experience with your interviewer.
TELL ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU BUILT STRONG
RELATIONSHIPS WHERE NONE EXISTED BEFORE.
This is a great question for a sales professional to answer,
allowing you to showcase your ability to build relationships
with new prospects and take the interviewer through a sales
success story. Talk about turning a cold call into a client, or
taking over a neglected territory that required not only
relationship building but a bit of a turn around as well.
Be prepared to speak specifically about how you actually
built the relationship. Maybe you needed to follow through
on small deliverables before actually landing the account
(information requests, demos); maybe the relationship developed
over a series of calls. Think about how your best customer
got to be your best customer...what did you do to
make that relationship happen?
Not a sales professional? Relationship building transcends disciplines.
We all need to work with other people in order to get things done.
Your interpersonal skills are the driver here. Talk about how you
built a relationship with a co-worker, or with a difficult boss. You need to
personalize your answer here -- do not talk hypothetically.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST
CONTRIBUTION IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
This is another opportunity to tell a great success story.
Think about the accomplishments that you included on
your resume and rank order them in your mind. Which
stand out the most for you? It's not necessarily the biggest
project you've ever worked on. You might have turned around a difficult
client situation or had a great people management success
This should not be answered with a broad brush answer
about producing great results. What the interviewer is really
looking for here is a specific accomplishment that you're
particularly proud of.