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EP 1521 People fail interviews because they miss the point of the question.

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What Is The Intention Behind Their Interview Question

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and welcome. You know, people do interviews all the time and, sometimes, they feel like they have been assaulted with questions and they lose it. You know, they start to freeze up. They start to go into their emotional bunker and shut down and, thus, the interview is really lost at that moment because the person stops performing well .They stop delivering on there ability to solve the client's problems. etc. etc.
So what happens? Why is this going on? The answer is …I'll give you an obvious example. The Firm has asked a tough question that the job hunter is unprepared to really answer it well. Why does that cause them to get bollocksed up? Why do they freeze at that moment?
The answer is they're not as well prepared as they should be. They don't know how to answer this question becauset heyhaven't really thought about it in advance . . . Which goes back to that notion of proper preparation prevents poor performance on interviews. You need to constantly be rehearsing and one of the things to practice and this is really a pre-interview practice skill is understanding the intention behind the tough question. Why are they asking this? what are they trying to find out about you and, ultimately ,the answer boils down to "they're trying to dissect their situation and see if you've been in something similar. "So this is your opportunity to reel them in with stories.
We all have stories to talk about. What you done the relates to what they're asking about so that you can demonstrate to them that you have done this role before for another organization or you've been in this situation before or had this kind of a headache (air) air quotes, by the way ()in your career, it's nothing new and this is how you handled it. That goes a long way is to understand the intention behind the question and speak to that .That's practice.
So, as always, the simplest way to deal with situations is to become practiced at them .In much the same way as when you learned to drive a car – – remember getting behind the wheel the first time to drive a car and how nervous you were?You've been watching your parents or friends do for a long time and now it's going to be you? And suddenly you're scared?
As you practiced, the more you got good at it. Well, the same thing exists with interviews. Get good at interviewing by understanding the intention behind the question and speaking to that.
Hope you found this helpful. Again,I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter.. If you're interest in my coaching you, visit Their are tabs on the top that will talk with you about some of my services, as well as my very comprehensive blog with lots of information for job Hunters.
If you want something more curated, join where I have information that you can watch, listen to or read that'sgoing to help you find work, but it's going to be more concise instead of these three thousand-plus posts that I have it, I have it boiled down to a few hundred that I think will help you launch.
Hope you have. Great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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