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You finally get the call for an interview. Are you ready? Some job interviewers ask tough questions to trip you up or to get you to reveal information you may be trying to conceal. Others want to get a better sense of your thought process or see how you respond under pressure.

Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider highlights some pointers that may prepare you for these types of questions.

Q: What is your biggest weakness that’s really a weakness and not a hidden strength?

Answer frankly and turn that question around to a positive answer addressing a concern that you may have.

Q: You have changed careers before. Why should we hire you if you may leave again?

Focus on the knowledge and skills you have gained in your diverse background and what value it brings to the company.

Q: Are you telling me that, now that you are 40 – something, you would be willing to start at an entry level position?

Focus on the value of learning new skills and learning about the new business from the ground up and growing with the firm.

Q: If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you look for?

Highlight three or four qualities that you think are important and then follow up with a description of yourself and your strengths in those areas.

These are a few suggestions from Jacquelyn’s article. For a more in depth discussion of these questions and more see Business

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