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Navigating Tricky Interview Questions


A Career Coaching Perspective

Interviews are nerve-wracking, and sometimes, interviewers throw curveball questions that can leave you flummoxed. One such question is, "How would your best friend describe you?". Not everyone has a designated "best friend," and even if they do, it's not always easy to predict what they might say.


The bottom line is you want to provide an answer that lies at the intersection of your truth and what the interviewer wants to hear. Your truth does not matter if it does not resonate with others.


Why Such Questions Are Asked

Interviewers often pose these questions not to catch you off guard, but to gain insight into your self-awareness and interpersonal relationships. They want to see how you perceive yourself and how others might perceive you in a social context. They want to gauge your “emotional intelligence”.


How to Tackle These Questions

  1. Stay Calm: Remember, there's no right or wrong answer. Take a deep breath and think the intersection of your answer and what the interviewer wants to hear. Be genuine but sell yourself

  2. Pull Out One of Your 10 Success Stories: Before your interview, prepare a list of your top 10 success stories. Pick out one of them to answer these difficult questions. Nothing like a local library just for you. 

  3. Reflect on Your Strengths: Think about the qualities that make you a valuable team member or leader. Are you empathetic? A problem solver? Reliable? Use these traits to frame your answer.


Final Thoughts

Navigating the job market and interviews can be challenging. But with the right guidance and preparation, you can confidently tackle any question thrown your way. Visit mikemittleman.com, and let Mike show you his dedication to helping you unlock your potential and navigate your career journey with confidence.

 

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Mike Mittleman is a career coach whose business focuses on finance professionals based in the NY/CT/NJ tri-state area, helping navigate their career paths with confidence and success. For more tips and personalized coaching, visit mikemittleman.com.

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