What's really behind those weird interview questions?

Meet the interviewer's oddest questions with answers that illustrate your creativity Google+ (2) and problem-solving skills, advises Lisa Quast. Such questions aren't meant to solicit perfect answers, but to give the hiring manager insight into how your mind works

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How a poor networking approach is sabotaging your efforts

A networking approach that's self-centered, focused on transactions over Google+ (2) relationships and indicative of a quantity-over-quality philosophy isn't going to succeed, writes Ivan Misner. By investing in your relationships and making sure you have something to offer to others, you'll be more likely to benefit from networking in the long run.

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Overcome your reluctance to talk about yourself

Whether you're interviewing for a position or networking, you have to be Google+ (2) comfortable talking about yourself, writes Katie Douthwaite Wolf. By driving the discussion to topics you're passionate about, practicing common interview anecdotes with friends and family and describing yourself from others' perspectives, you can get over your fear of sounding self-centered, she writes.

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Don't buy into these networking myths

Some common networking myths include that extroverted people are better at Google+ (2) making connections and that small talk is the best way to ingratiate yourself with a new contact, writes Josh Mait, the chief marketing officer at Relationship Science. "Eschew the pointless name collecting and focus instead on high-quality connections with long-term value," he writes.

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How to respond to the most common interview opener

The most common question used to begin a job interview is some variation of Tell me Google+ (2)about yourself." To make a good impression, answer by providing pertinent, career-related information and leaving out personal and social details. Discuss your education, work background and key accomplishments while keeping your answer brief.

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