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What training or certification do you have?

This is a question that clearly relates to your training and experience. Like other questions of the same kind, the best course of action when responding to this question is to answer clearly and honestly. This is not an area where you should attempt to varnish your actual qualifications for the job. You need to be very specific when answering this question. State specifically what certifications or training you have received and then describe how you believe they relate to the job for which you are applying.

It can be a good idea to make sure you have reviewed the job description well in advance so you will understand what tasks and responsibilities are involved in the position. This will help you to be better able to correlate your training and certifications to the open position. Wherever possible, it is extremely important that you tie the responsibilities of the new position to your previous responsibilities at prior positions as well as your training. This will allow the employer to clearly see that you possess the qualifications that are necessary to perform the job, which is essential when you are interviewing for a new job and want to convey that you are the best candidate for the position. Always keep in mind there is a tremendous amount of competition out there with numerous other applicants vying for the same position you hope to be hired to fill. Making the connection between your skills and the requirements of the job is a good way to give yourself a competitive edge.

Remember that you should never make any attempt to embellish your experience, skills or training. This is an area where you can quickly be found out if you have been less than honest. If you are considered for the position following a successful interview, someone in the company’s HR department will follow-up on your references and this is the type of thing that can be easily uncovered. It is far better to present the unvarnished truth when you are presenting any information regarding your training or certifications. If you are hired for the job and it is discovered that you were not truthful regarding any information that was presented during the interview or on your application or resume, you could easily be released form your position. This could also result in having an offer of employment retracted as well.

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