How To Win At Job Interviews - A Cheat Sheet

Note: I did not write this, only edited a shared email down for brevity and flow. The credit goes to Nikki J. Thomas, my daughter's mentor.
  • What they want: Capable, hardworking, team player
  • Do this: Prepare answers to questions like: Why choose you, tell us about you, what are your strengths/weaknesses, why you want the job, what is your biggest accomplishment, what is your leadership/communication style, can you work under pressure/criticism/difficulty/disagreement/on a team - prove it 
  • How to answer a question: Issue, role, steps you took, outcome, benefit, lesson
  • Don't do this: Be late, look sloppy, be completely unprepared, say negative things, look up/down/sideways or exhibit other off-putting body language, talk too much or too little, fail to listen, say things that sound selfish/entitled, ask for a rush decision or interview evaluation.
  • Know the types of questions: Personality, accomplishments, technical, situational, big picture
Good luck everyone. Hope this helps.
All opinions my own. Photo credit: David Blackwell / Flickr.


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.