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When you are asked questions related to the
experience that qualifies you for the job, it s
important to be very specific about your skills
The best way to respond is to describe your
responsiblilities in detail and to connect them
to the job you are interviewing for. Tie your
responsibilities in with those listed in the job
description for the new position. That way, the
employer will see that you have the qualifications
necessary to do the job. Focus most on your
responsibilities that are directly related to the
new job s requirements.
It s also important to be honest and accurate.
Don t embellish your job, because you don t
know who the hiring manager will be checking
with when they check your references.
Are you overqualified for this job?
Overqualified? Some would say that I m not
overqualified but fully qualified. With due respect,
could you explain the problem with someone
doing the job better than expected?
Fortunately, I ve lived enough years to have
developed the judgment that allows me to focus
on the future. Before we speak of past years,
past titles and past salaries, can we look at my
strengths and abilities and how I ve stayed on
the cutting edge of my career field, including
I hope you re not concerned that hiring some-
one with my solid experience and competencies
would look like age bias if once on the job you
decided you d made a mistake and I had to go.
Can I present a creative idea? Why don t I work
on a trial basis for a month---no strings--- which
would give you a chance to view me up close?
This immediately solves your staffing problem
at no risk to you. I can hit the floor running and
require less supervision than a less experienced
worker. When can I start?
I was proud to be a charge nurse but I really
like getting back to working with patients.
I m flattered that you think I m headhunter
bait and will leap to another job when an offer
appears. Not really. This job is so attractive to me that I m
willing to sign a contract committing to stay for a minimum
of 12 months. There s no obligation on your part. How
else can I convince you that I m the best person for this
I m here because this is a company on the move and
I want to move up with you. With more than the minimal
experience to just skim by, I offer immediate returns on
your investment. Don t you want a winner with the skill
sets and attitudes to do just that?
My family s grown. And I am no longer concerned with
title and salary -- I like to keep busy. A reference check
member. I m sure we can agree on a salary that fits your
budget. When can we make my time your time?
Downsizings have left generational memory gaps in the
workforce and knowledge doesn t always get passed on
to the people coming up. I could be an anchor or mentor:
calm, stable, reliable and providing day-to-day continuity
to the younger team. For my last employer, I provided the
history of a failed product launch to a new marketing
manager, who then avoided making the same mistakes.
As you note, I ve worked at a higher level but this
position is exactly what I m looking for. You offer opportunity
to achieve the magic word: balance. I m scouting for some-
thing challenging but a little less intense so I can spend
more time with my family.
Salary is not my top priority. Not that I have a trust
fund but I will work for less money, will take direction
from managers of any age, will continue to stay current
on technology and will not leave you in the lurch if Hol-
lywood calls to make me a star. And I don t insist that
it s my way or the highway.
What can you do for this company?
First of all, be sure to have researched the company
prior to the interview, so you are familiar with the company s
mission. Respond by giving examples why your education,
skills, accomplishments, and experience will make you an
asset for the employer.
Take a few moments to compare your goals with objec-
tives of the company and the position, as well as mentioning
what you have accomplished in your other jobs. Be positive
and reiterate your interest in the company, as well as the
Why should we hire you?
The best way to respond is to give concrete examples
of why your skills and accomplishments make you the
best candidate for the job. Take a few moments to compare
the job description with your abilities, as well as mentioning
what you have accomplished in your other positions. Be
positive and reiterate your interest in the company and
Why do you want to work here?
The best way to answer this question is, first of all, to
be prepared and knowledgeable about the company. Spend
some time researching the company so you can talk about
the benefits of working for this employer.
Compare your goals with objectives of the company
and the position, then reiterate why you would be an asset
to the employer. Let the interviewer know what you can
do for the company, if you get a job offer.
Even though the question is about why you want to
work here, you still need to convince the interviewer that
hiring you will benefit the company.
What challenges are you looking for?
The best way to answer questions about the challenges
you are seeking is to discuss how you would like to be
able to effectively utilise your skills and experience if you
were hired for the job.
You can also mention that you are motivated by chal-
lenges, have the ability to effectively meet challenges, and
have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging
job.You can continue by describing specific examples of
challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in
What can you do for this company?
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