Sunday, February 10, 2008

Job Interview Advice

The two articles I chose for this week's blog were entitled "How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions" and "How to Answer the Toughest Interview Questions." As you can tell from the titles of these articles, I was looking for articles that would advise me on how to answer the difficult questions. Saddly, these articles fell drastically short of their headline's promise of information.

The article about illegal interview questions simply identified commonly ask illegal questions and the laws that prohibit them. While it was interesting to learn about the specifics of the age discrimination law; I had really been hoping for more advice on how to anwer quesitons about marriage and childern. The only good advice the article provided was to strive to answer the intent behind an illegal question by restating the question in a legal format and then proceeding to answer.

Likewise the article on how to answer the toughest interview questions did not satifactorily advise on how to answere questions. Instead this article focused on the importance of these questions and the desierable impact of your answer. I am glad to learn from this article that the "silly question", for example "If you were an animal what would you be and why?", is really stiving to see how you act under pressure and in unexpected situations. Also, the article gave very good advice on how to answer the quesiton about where you see yourself in so many years. By answering this question baised on your values and acheivment goals the employer can get a better sense of where you want to go in life.

In the end both articles succeeded in making me realizes that at some point in the near future I really need to sit down and aswer these questions before I go into an interview.

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