Twenty Stress Questions (and Answers)

Now that we’ve surveyed the landscape of the stress interview, let’s zero in on a few of the typical questions.
1. Tell me what your greatest weakness is.
Stress interviewers love to ask When-did-you-stop-beating-your-dog? questions—that is, questions that invite negative answers. The secret to fielding these is to reject the negativity. Don’t deny that you have failings. No one will believe that you are perfect. Instead, go ahead and identify a minor weakness or slight flaw, then put it in the past. Show how you overcame it: “I used to have some difficulty staying organized on the road. But then I got into the habit of taking the time to make really thorough notes immediately after each customer call. ...

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