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The Interview Expert by John Lees

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CHAPTER SIXTEEN

What if they ask me probing questions?

THIS CHAPTER LOOKS AT:

  • Fear of being found out
  • First, second and third level questions
  • Negatives and positives
  • Conveying authenticity

I HOPE THEY DON’T PUSH ME TOO FAR ON ...

Most people dislike questions which push hard: ‘What exactly do you mean by ... ?’ or ‘Tell me a little bit more about ... ’. Probing questions test your evidence rather like cross-examination in court; words you have spoken or written are examined to see if they hold water. Many candidates are concerned about being ‘found out’ and their weaknesses laid bare.

However, probing questions are in fact very good news. It takes an above-average interviewer to ask them: someone who really understands the job, someone ...

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