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You can give confident answers to tough interviewing questions

There are two keys to giving effective answers to tough interviewing questions. First - get to the heart of the interviewer's concern. Ask them exactly what about that objection bothers them. If you miss this step, giving effective answers to tough interviewing questions is, well, real tough.

Second - It's how you say it as much what you say. Great answers to tough interviewing questions are always given in a calm, confident manner.

Here are a couple of tough questions / objections and ways you can answer them.

1. You've held too many jobs in a short time span

Keep in mind that what constitutes 'too many jobs' varies from one interviewer to another. Explain each of those moves briefly, with some logic. The reasons could include, but are not limited to:

  • A job was just not right for you, and you decided to move away from it, cutting your losses

  • The employer's business failed or was on the verge of failing, which is why you moved out

  • A reorganization that reduced the importance of your department and adversely affected your career prospects

  • The organization merged with another one and your position was due to be downsized

  • You had reached a certain level and further advancement was not possible in the foreseeable future

Present your logic objectively without sounding bitter or angry. Highlight your initiative in moving out of an undesirable situation.

If you held onto one of the jobs for a reasonable period, show that as evidence of your commitment to stick around.

Is there any other activity you've done for years - social work, etc? If so, you can mention that as evidence of your 'stick-ability'. All of these could be great answers to tough interviewing questions.

2. You have one or more gaps in your employment

If you have valid reasons for the gaps, you do not have anything to worry about.

E.g. you took time off to study full time, be a full time mother, or critical illness forced you to take rest, etc.

If you do not have such reasons, your gap may take some explaining. If you have had gaps in your work history but are now employed and are looking for another job, the problem is not really a major one.

Perhaps you had other activities going on - helping out a friend in his business, volunteer activities, doing freelance work, teaching classes, working on a temporary basis, etc. This will give you something genuine to say about what you are doing now.

If you had started a business that did not do well and you now want to go back to a job, put a positive slant on the situation. Focus on how you had showed initiative and considerable courage in going out on your own.

Be sure to highlight how you have satisfied your entrepreneurial urges and are now more than willing to settle down in a job.

It is definitely possible to give convincing answers to tough interviewing questions. All it needs is some preparation and clear thinking.

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