Job Interviews: How to Answer Any Question

Are you ready for your next job interview?

Quick! List every question you might be asked, and write down the answers to those questions.

Just kidding. No one can do that. No one should do that. Instead, list 10 questions you might be asked, and write down the answers to those questions. Now, rip up that piece of paper and recycle it.

Next, think about HOW you will answer interview questions, the likely ones and the surprising ones, too. You can not anticipate every question. But if you think through your process, you will easily be able to respond to whatever anyone throws at you. All you have to do is listen, pause and respond. That’s it.

#1 Listen. Did you hear all the parts of the question? Do you understand what is being asked? Repeat it aloud or in your head, or even jot a couple words from the question in your notebook so you will remember the whole question.

#2 Pause. It’s okay to think through your answer, even very briefly, before spitting something out.Think about it. Why did someone ask that question? For example, asking someone if they get to travel much might be an icebreaker, or might be an indicator that this job requires travel. Understanding the role and the purpose behind the question will tell you whether to casually comment on your epic spring break trip, or to professionally describe your international purchasing experience.

#3 Respond. To all parts, concisely. If your answer is going to be long and detailed, break it into parts and check in with your audience to be sure you are keeping them captivated (or at least awake).

Responding to behavioral interviews can be tricky, because people skip parts of the question when they answer. If the question starts, “Tell me about a time…” that’s a behavioral interview question and you should answer in three parts: Here’s the situation, here’s what I did about it, and this was the outcome. Situation, Action, Outcome. Practice telling your career stories using the Situation – Action – Outcome formula because behind every question is a “Tell me about it.”

Listen. Pause. Respond. Practice telling your stories and you’ll be ready for any interview, anytime. Good luck!

Interview Prep

Random collection of Job Search Advice — CareerCloud

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Number Three

“Start. If you have not had to look for work for a long time, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Not everything has changed,” said Julie.

· You still need a resume and it still has to look good; but it will never be printed on a piece of paper, so it doesn’t matter how long it is.

· You still need to apply for positions you are qualified for; this is more important than ever, because companies today have no budget for an “I can learn that” candidate.

· DON’T fill your resume with personality words: hard worker, driven, multi-tasker… who isn’t?

· DO save space for words that describe what you can do: “Developed an application through full SDLC including requirements gathering, design, coding, implementation and user testing.”

· DON’T think you have to rely on the major job boards; your online social profiles will help recruiters and hiring managers find you.

According to Julie, “One thing hasn’t changed. If you want to find a job now, the best thing you can do is network, network, network.”

Submitted by Julie Desmond from George Konik Associates.

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Best Keywords for Your Resume

By Sarah White

It’s hard getting your resume in front of a hiring manager. The economic downturn, coupled with an increase in technology, can make it feel like you are sending your resume into a void, never to hear back. Chances are, there is a hiring manager or recruiter on the other end that is overwhelmed with resumes, scanning them to find keywords that will make them put a resume in the yes pile. The same goes for electronic recruiting systems that scan through resumes, searching for the right words on your resume or CV.

While you can’t read the minds of recruiters – or computer programs for that matter – there are ways to tailor your resume so that a human or bot will pick up on keywords and give your resume a second look. We spoke with a number of people in the tech industry who are experienced with sorting through IT resumes and asked them what keywords catch their eye during the hiring process.


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Recharge Your Job Search

The Career Transition Connection at Woodbury Lutheran Church is in its 17th year of Helping People Find New Work!


September 11th – Resume Reviews are performed in the Chapel Room adjacent to the Fireside Room from 5:30PM to 7PM prior to the group meetings. Recruiter Julie Desmond will review your resume and give helpful tips to make sure you stand out in the crowd.


September 11th  – Featured Presentation   Nathan Perez will be presenting; Networking For A Job”.  Nathan Perez is co-author of “The 20 Minute Networking Meeting, How Little Meetings Can Lead To Your Next Big Job”, and founder of 20-Minute Communications, LLC. He is a career consultant who helps job-searching professionals reposition themselves for the Hidden/Invisible Job Market through networking, online presence, resume reconstruction.  We are excited to have Nathan at the CTC for the first time!


September 25th – Mock Interview Sessions with professional recruiters from 5:30PM–6:45PM in the Fireside Room Ashley Kolodzek leads the sessions that are held prior to the 4th calendar Thursday CTC meetings each month. Sessions start promptly at 5:15PM and cover preparation for interviews as well as actual mock interviews.


September 25th   – Featured Presentation  – LaBarre Spence will be presenting; Seizing the Opportunity:  Answering “Walk Me Through Your Resume” with Confidence”. How you respond to this common opening question can make or break your interview.  We’ll cover how to build a great answer. Preparing for this question forms the foundation for the entire interview.  You may even look forward to interviewing. LaBarre is the Associate Director of the Graduate Business Career office at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  He coaches and consults with MBA students and alums.  He has 14 years of experience in career and leadership coaching including 7 years at the Carlson School.  Prior to that he worked in marketing, consulting, training and development and quality.


Reminder that we have a “Career Transition” resource shelf containing reference books related to career development and job searching topics that may be checked out.  This is located in the church’s library on the main level. 


Cookies and coffee will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.  The Career Transition Connection (CTC) meets the second and fourth Thursday’s of each month throughout the year except on Holidays at Woodbury Lutheran Church.

All featured presentation meetings are from 7:00PM until 8:30PM. On the second and fourth Thursday’s of each month,  the forum consists of guest speakers at each meeting who focus on the needs of those in transition.  Each meeting also allows time for networking, sharing success stories and general Q&A.

The goal of the CTC @ WLC is to reach out for support to those people in career transition or thinking of transitioning in a Christian support environment.

For more information, feel free to contact Woodbury Lutheran Church directly at 651-739-5144.

Woodbury Lutheran Church is located at 7380 Afton Road in Woodbury, MN. 55125.

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Hiring Computer System Validation Specialists – mid to senior levels

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Free Resource List for hiring Disabled, Minority and Veteran candidates for OFCCP Compliance

Hiring Integrity

By Susan Seward Founder Hiring Integrity LLC

Federal Contractors have been busy updating their HRIS systems and  AAP reporting to meet the expanded OFCCP regulations that are now in play for hiring Veterans and people with disabilities.  The essence of the regulation that went into effect March 24th 2014 is any Contractor that receives revenue from the Federal Government beyond $100,000 is now required to hire protected status Veterans and people with a disability, as a percent of their workforce.  The OFCCP has determined the hiring benchmark for MN federal contractors is 6.2% and the compliance clock starts with the first date of your 2014 AA plan.

While being able to capture pre and post offer self disclosure statements and AAP reporting is important, I believe developing a long term sustainable recruiting plan that targets hiring Veterans and people with disabilities is the most important area of focus for Federal…

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Unemployment for MN Military Veterans tops 14%

Recruiting challenge for 2014 – bring unemployment down below 14%

Hiring Integrity

High Veteran Unemployment in Minnesota Deserves Attention because hiring Veterans is good for employees and employers

By Susan Seward,

As we enter into a New Year, my resolution is to help spread the word among employers that we can do a better job in our recruiting efforts through increased hiring of military Veterans. Current unemployment results for Gulf War Veterans nationally is 9.9% which is well above the national unemployment rate of 7.3%. In MN, that number is even higher: Veteran unemployment in MN is at 14.1% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 Current Population Survey).

OFCCP regulations on hiring Veterans changes as of March, 2014, requiring all Federal Contractors to increase their Veteran hiring actions, reporting, and hiring results.

Hiring Integrity, LLC and help companies understand and manage OFCCP changes by providing recruiter training and consulting on process improvements and best practices in talent acquisition strategy. Our resources…

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