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Executive Resumes Robert J. Gerberg ERI Personal Marketing

December 08, 2010 11:04 ET

Job Expert Robert J. Gerberg of ERI Personal Marketing Explains How to Answer the Difficult Interview Questions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - In a tough economy, interviewers ask tough questions. Preparing yourself for such questions is key to getting a job, according to ERI, a personal marketing firm specializing in helping executives and professionals find work or change careers.

"People decide whether or not they'll hire you the first time you meet," Robert J. Gerberg, chairman of ERI, said. "That's why succeeding in the interview is so important."

Here's a list of the common questions interviewers ask:

What's your biggest weakness?
Don't admit a major weakness if you have one, but be honest, nonetheless. Saying you are impatient about getting things done is an example of something the employer could view favorably.

Why are you leaving your current job?
Here it's best to emphasize that you are looking for new challenges, more responsibility and expanded knowledge in your field. Never talk trash about your old company -- it's just bad form. Say you enjoyed working there.

How long will you stay with us?
Stressing you're looking for a career is the best way to answer this question, but also say you're a realist and if you aren't doing the job they expect of you, then you understand going separate ways.

What are your short-term objectives?
Keep your answers focused on the job for which you're interviewing, catering them around objectives specific to that company.

Why have you been unemployed so long?
Simply pointing to the economy and tough market may not be enough. Instead, say you're selectively looking for the right opportunity and company that fits your skills and haven't found it.

What's your major accomplishment in your last job?
Pick those that seem to line up well with the major elements of the open position. The goal is to always show the interviewer your accomplishments line up with the company's needs.

Why do you want to work for us?
In this instance, point out that from what you've learned from your research of the firm and based on what you've heard you think you could be a valuable addition to the company and a good fit for the position.

With 12 years' industry experience, ERI is the premier personal marketing firm for executives and professionals. Visit for free videos on the job market; how to create a superior resume; where openings can be found; and ways for accessing leads online.

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