The job hunting catechism

My neighbor invited me to his catechism class.  He went every Wednesday to learn the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church.  He showed me the book they used.  The teacher would read a question and the kids would read an answer back.  They would also talk about the answer.  It didn’t sound very interesting to my 8 year old mind, so I decided to play baseball instead of going with him.

I  read an article that said that today they do more lecture style teaching of the catechism.  But the problem has become that the teachers don’t teach rigorous doctrine.  Instead, the teacher and texts teach what is popular.  I heard the catechism teaching is going to shift back to training that is less flexible.

Confusion is always the most honest response. (Marty Indik)

Job hunting?  What does this have to do with job hunting?

Learning comes in stages.  First you have to learn to give a correct response.  It may be dull to learn and practice, but you will be right.  After you know a correct response and why it is correct, you can experiment with different answers.  Eventually you will come up with much better responses than you were originally taught.  But every once in a while you have to go back to the old catechism.  You have to check what you are now saying against what really needs to be said.

The next few days are going to be going over interview questions you need to ask.  I’ll start out with the basics.  They are the questions that work in every interview.  Then I’ll go to questions that set you apart in an interview.

I suggest you repeat your practice questions aloud 3 times before you go in for an interview.  When you are in the interview, don’t worry about getting them word perfect.  You’ll have the ideas cemented in your brain.  You’ll be prepared to set yourself apart from the competition by the questions you ask.

Something to do today

Make a list of at least 3 questions or topics you should ask about in every interview.

Now think about the exact wording.  Can you make the questions show your keen interest in doing a great job and helping your team?


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