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How to Answer “What Is Your Greatest Weakness?”   In an interview, talking about your weaknesses and flaws is difficult. We’re here to make it easier. One of the most common and aggravating interview questions of them all: What is your greatest weakness? Are you rolling your eyes? Most candidates hate this question and consider it pointless. After all, they aren’t about to confess candidly to their biggest flaws in the middle of a job interview. However, this question has become a cliché for a reason. Interviewers continue to ask it even though they know they are unlikely to get answers that are 100% honest. Why? Because the way you answer a question about your weaknesses is very telling. You may not even realize what you are communicating when you answer this question. And let’s face it, you’re probably doing it wrong. Most people do. I say that as an interview coach who has now worked with thousands...

A Rational Way to Make a Gut Decision - Interviewing & Pre-Screening Candidates With the objective of increasing interview pre-screening and pre-qualifying candidate assessment accuracy, here are some tips for that both interviewers and candidates can use. How to Separate Fact from Fiction and Ensure an Accurate Interview Assessment   Just the facts. Too many candidates speak in generalities. These have no value. Facts do. So if you’re a candidate you need to be prepared to give specific details about each of your major accomplishments. These include dates, measurable results, the actual deliverables, and any supporting information needed to validate the accomplishments. If you're the interviewer, you need to dig for this information. Don’t leave it up to the candidate to provide it. Give and get SMARTe examples to prove a strength. Candidates need to prove every strength with specific examples. Interviewers need to ask for these examples. We suggest using the SMARTe acronym...

When interviewing for a decision-making position, the right preparation is indispensable. Usually, you will need to provide more in-depth answers than for management or director-level opportunities. One of the most valued qualities that employers look for is a candidate’s aptitude to establish a strategic perspective, closely shadowed by his or her business acumen, and a comprehensive viewpoint. Make sure you offer sufficient confirmation that you can bring all of this and more to the table during a C-level interview. Frequently senior executives under perform in interviews by overstating their career history and development, rather than concentrating on the influence they have had on organizations and the lessons that they have learned. To deliver your worth as a potential leader, communicate your management style, organizational vision, principles, and ethics. It is important to stress the “soft” skills, counting your emotional intelligence and leadership style. Be prepared to dig deep into your capabilities –...