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Describe a Database in 3 Sentences | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer one of those tough interview questions: describe a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old niece or nephew.

Summary

Is one of those tough interview questions, because I think it has some validity in testing whether you can break down a relatively complex idea into something simple.

So the question is, "Describe a database to your eight-year-old niece or nephew in three sentences."

Got that? In three sentences you have to describe a database.

The way I would answer that question is by relating it to something they already know and are familiar with.

A database is like a closet. Instead of clothes and toys, it stores information in the database. People store information in a database like you would put toys or clothes in a closet.

What that does is relate the image to something they already know, they describe what is being put there (it's not close you toys, it's information) and uses the analogy of the closet.

 

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Add All the Numbers Between 1 and 100

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this tricky hedge fund brainteaser, add all the numbers between one and 100.

 

Summary

I love and hedge fund brainteaser questions…NOT!

We can spend a lot of time discussing whether they are valid or not but they are used.

Today’s question is one of those fun ones– a math problem.

Add all the numbers between one and 100 and what you get?

You can’t just sit there and have a mental column in your head and start going 1+2 is 3+3 is six… On and on and on until you get to the answer. So how do you figure this out?

If you think about it, every number has a reciprocal opposite number that adds up to 100. For example, one and 99, two and 98… You get the idea.

When you realize that there are 50 gatherings that total 100, you have 5000 there (remember, there is 100+0).

There is one number that doesn’t have a pairing – – 50. So the answer becomes 5050.

There’s always a trip to the question of interest, especially with the math ones. In this particular case, this is the trick to answering this question.

 

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Describe Yourself in One Word

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter prepares you with the best way to answer this question.

 

Summary

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Here’s today’s tough interview question. It’s the one that’s designed to make you say, “Huh! That’s tougher than it sounds.”

The question for today is, “pick one word that you can use to describe yourself.”

Boing!

Some people might choose hard-working. Some might choose successful or leader. There’s no one right way to answer that question. The idea very simply as what are the qualities that this firm might look for in hiring someone for this job?

For example, if your mathematician using their computer science as part of your work, you might think of meticulous or thorough as being the right word. If you are going for an executive position address this question, you might use the word leader.

The idea is to think of the attributes in advance that someone might prefer in an individual in the role the true interviewing for.

If you’re an administrative assistant, would leader fit? I don’t know. You know the kind of role the trip going for with that really describe what a firm is looking for? For and administrative assistant to the executive in your organization, it might be the right word. If you’re part of an office pool, it probably isn’t.

Again, think of the qualities that are necessary for the work that you do and for the organization that you are working for in the kind of position that your interviewing for. That’s the key to answering a question like this correctly.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Why Are You Interviewing for This Job???

On this show, I explain how to answer this question in a way that allows you to hit a home run with the interviewer.

Summary

Today I will do one of those tough interview questions there designed to make you quaking your boots… Stammer out an answer… And generally look foolish.

These questions are so difficult. They just require a few seconds of thought.

This is a fun one and gives you a great opportunity to sell yourself hard... Unless you're unprepared in which case you will sell like a dope.

So today's question is, "why are you interviewing for this job?" Or, "why did you apply for this job?"

These translate into, "why are you sitting in my office and why am I talking to you?"

This is a great opportunity to sell yourself into the role. Speaking in a crisp sort of way because people associate that style of speech with self-confidence. You can't speak as though you've never given it any thought or have no degree of certainty. You really have to sounds certain with your answer because, remember, part of what an employer is looking for is someone who can inspire confidence that they are to the solution to a need.

The ability to speak with certainty is critical when answering this question.

The answer the question, said with certainty is, "I understand the position is for such and such. What I understand your organization is about is that it's a leader in its field or an organization with great adaptability or a place where people with talent in advance…" You have four or five different criteria in quick succession.

You continue, "that's exactly what I'm looking for. You see my background with such and such would fit in nicely with what you are looking for. From the standpoint of what I bring to your organization, I bring a lot of driving passion for what I do, a determination to be successful, I play well with others but not to the point of subjugating a good idea and not trying to advance the idea."

"I work well with others but not to the point of letting myself be pushed around. Ultimately what you will have is an individual with a strong belief in themselves, a determination to excel. I work well with others but not to the point where I push them around or let myself be pushed around will work hard to make you look good."

So the idea, again, is to give yourself a commercial for why you are fit for the role and how you ever tried to be successful, your passion for what you do (you demonstrated to how you answer the question) because it's not just what you say that counts is how you tell your story that will come out in the interview.

And you can really bang this one out of the park if you take a few minutes to think in advance as to how you'd answer the question.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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2 Buckets, 50 White Balls , 50 Black Balls . . .

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers the answer to this tricky hedge fund brainteaser: you have two buckets, 50 black balls and 50 white balls. How do you set up the balls in such a way as to maximize the odds that you had he will choose a black ball.


You have two buckets and 50 black balls and 50 white balls.

How do you set up the balls in such a way as to get the maximum is odds that you choose a black ball?

So that’s today’s brainteaser. I have more at ww.JobSearchCoachingHQ.com plus a lot more relevant information plus you have access to me to answer your questions and schedule some time with you so we can chat one-on-one for a few minutes to help you your the new job search.

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Let’s talk about another one of those wonderful hedge fund brainteaser questions. You have hundred balls two buckets 50 balls of black 50 balls with white how do you set up the two buckets of balls to give yourself the greatest probability that you choose a black Paul took it just repeat two buckets 50 black balls 50 white balls set up the balls in such a way as to increase the probability of choosing a black ball.

They ask this to try to get a sense of how you think on the spot.

So, here’s how it works.

Take one black ball and put it is one bucket. That gives you hundred percent probability on that side. On the other side, you put all the other balls. So one bucket has 99 balls of which 50 are white and 49 black.

The other has one black ball in the bucket and has 100% probability, the other one has slightly less then 50% probabilitylet’s round this up to 50% (it’s probably closer to 49 and half but for purposes this formula is is 50%) on one side is 100% and decided to have 50 so the probability is just less than 75%.

Those are really the highest odds that you can get. That’s of course, assuming that there is a completely random way that you choose balls.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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If an Apple Costs 20 Cents . . .

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers this tricky interview question, “If an Apple cost $.40, a banana costs $.60, and a grapefruit $.80, how much does a pear cost?”

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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If You Were an Animal, What Would You Be?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers one of those tricky interview questions that are designed to trip you up and disqualify yourself.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Why Didn’t You Leave Sooner?`

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer the tricky questions that translate into, “Why didn’t you leave your job sooner?” 

Summary

We're talking about one of those tough interview questions that's actually remarkably easy. But most people are affected by the shock of being asked this question and it translates into, "Why didn't you leave sooner?"

This is normally posed as something along the lines of, "if you knew your firm was in trouble, why didn't you get out sooner?" "If you knew your firm was up for an acquisition, why didn't you leave sooner?"

Again, it's a question that deals with certain economic times and and how firms are looking at job applicants through a microscope. . . And I think it's an easy question to answer because you can tie in loyalty to your answer.

So, the way I would answer a question like this is understanding that they're kind of puzzled that a talented person would go down with the ship.

I might answer along the lines of, "well, frankly, I was spending a lot of time, I was putting all my effort into doing my job and three other people's jobs that I had taken on, doing them well. I didn't really take a lot of time to 'come up for air.' Now, you may think that was not the appropriate response, but I'm a loyal person and I was trying to make a go of it for the organization, doing my bit. Others might have abandoned the ship. I hunkered down and tried to make it stay afloat. I did my part and, you know, again, you may not have thought that was the best approach but I believe in loyalty and this firm had been good to me for so long; I felt it was appropriate to give back."

So, again, the idea is to turn what they may perceive as a negative into a positive by talking about your loyalties to an organization, how they had been good to you and how you, in turn, wanted to be good to them.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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