If you’re looking to ace your next job interview, the first place you’ll likely turn to is the internet. Various sites will provide you with extensive lists of possible questions, tips, and tricks on how to answer them, such as Inc’s “27 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Answers,” and Indeed’s “125 Common Interview Questions and Answers (With Tips).” While these websites will help you with some aspects of your interview, telling you to research the company you want to work for and how to spin your greatest weakness to seem like a strength, they can only talk about so many questions. If you really want to ensure your success in your next interview, you need to know not only how to answer typical interview questions, but how to answer all types of questions that might get thrown at you as well. That’s where Answer Intelligence, or AQ, comes in.
Answer Intelligence (AQ)® is the ability to provide elevated answers to explain and predict in a complex world, emotionally connect, and achieve results. Interview AQ, specifically, is how to answer different types of interview questions using the AQ principles. Knowing the strategies that you can use to best answer different types of questions will help you be prepared to answer anything the interviewer might throw your way.
All important questions can be categorized as why-, what-, or how-questions. Below is a mock interview question along with a High AQ response.
Interviewer: "What is your #1 skill?"
High AQ Job Candidate: "My number #1 skill is leadership. I define leadership as the ability to inspire others and hold others accountable [Concept answer]. Leadership is like a braided rope. When two strands of a rope are woven together, the rope is stronger then it would be otherwise. The same is true for leadership, I aim to both inspire and hold others accountable in my daily interactions [Metaphor answer].
By Answering this what-question twice (High AQ Practice 2), the job candidate appeals to the logical side of the brain (with a concept answer) and the creative side of the brain (with a metaphor answer).HH
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So how do you improve your Interview AQ? You can learn what your Interview AQ score is here for free, and read more about what Answer Intelligence is on the High AQ blog. Below, I’ve outlined two common interview questions below, and how different AQ strategies can be used to best answer these questions.
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Dr. Brian Glibkowski is the author of Answer Intelligence: Raise your AQ.