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The Mayhem Interview Question: Be Prepared

Posted June 25th, 2021 | Author: John G. Self

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“Why do you want to work for us?”

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If you were researching a job interview question that has created more mayhem for applicants, you would be hard-pressed to find one that tops this unless perhaps it is a question about whether criminal charges were involved.

As an executive recruiter, I have used that question – or its first cousin, “What do you know about my client?” — when I suspected the applicant was not prepared for the interview.

As an executive recruiter, I have used that question – or its first cousin, “What do you know about my client?” — when I suspected the applicant was not prepared for the interview.

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So, here is the key point for today: Don’t apply for a job unless you feel you really want to work for that employer. And you can’t possibly know that without first doing your homework. 

My second point today, your answer must be both authentic and compelling, which is to say you should prepare your response in advance. 

Finally, yeah, you are right.  Conducting a successful job search takes a lot of time and effort. 

We teach job applicants how to anticipate questions and how to tell their story more effectively. 

© 2021 John Gregory Self

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