I’m often amazed at how many people think that answering job interview questions is straightforward and easy. “Just be yourself,” they say, “answer every question truthfully to the best of your ability, and you’ll be fine.” It would be great if things were that simple, but there’s a lot more to job interviews than that.

Answering questions in today’s interviewing environment is much harder than most people realize. Tough or unexpected questions can be thrown your way at any stage of the interview process. Some questions are not even designed to elicit a right or wrong answer, but just to see how you answer them. You won’t succeed if you try to “wing it” through an interview. You must be ready for every question; the wrong answers can ...

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