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Six Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired

Six Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired

By Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Do You Understand the Company and Its Purpose?

If the organization fits well with your career aspirations, you’ll naturally be motivated to do good work there — and stay more than a month or two, Corey Blanck reasons. “I don’t want someone to take the position because it’s a job and it fits their skills. I want them to be excited about our mission and what we do.”

How Do You Stack Up Against the Competition?

You’re being evaluated in relation to other candidates for the job. In other words, this test is graded on a curve. So the interviewer will constantly be comparing your performance with that of the other candidates’.

Do You Have the Right Mind-Set for the Job and Company?

“I’m always looking for someone who has a can-do type of attitude,” Corey Blanck explains. "I want someone who wants to be challenged and is internally motivated to do well.

Corey Blanck points out that an employer can’t train for this essential trait. “But you can hire for it. And if you don’t, you’ll end up with a lower-performing employee.”

Do You Want the Job?

Most employers know better than to believe everyone they interview actually wants the position being offered. They understand some candidates are exploring their options, while others are using an interview with a company they don’t care about to hone their interview skills.

So you have to prove you really want the job, says Al Pollard, senior college recruiter for Countrywide Financial. “I use the ditch-digger analogy: Many of us can dig ditches, but few are willing to — and even fewer want to.”

This article first appeared on Monster.com.

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