2018-09-10 by Steve
When you’re headed to a job interview you want to make a great impression and stand out from the rest of the crowd. But, how can you do that?
To help you ace your interview, we’ve prepared a list of the top five question job recruiters commonly ask and how to tackle them.
Most interviewers start with general questions, like “Tell me about yourself.” These types of questions are designed to let you speak first. Capitalize on this opportunity to make a good first impression.
Be prepared with unique descriptions. Avoid generic terms like dependability, punctuality, team player, etc. Keep your positives brief and elaborate with good examples. Remember, this is your chance to stand out of the crowd.
Revealing how much you expect to be paid is a delicate process. This is where your research comes into play. It’s generally safe to ask for more in a promotion but be prepared to justify why you deserve more. Be sure to research the average salary being paid for the position in that locality, within the company and for the number of years of experience you have. This will help you estimate what number to pitch.
These questions gauge your capability to do the job and can vary in difficulty making them tough to prepare for. In case you don’t know the direct answer to a question, don’t make an attempt to guess. Directness and confidence will reflect better than an unsure guess.
If you falter you can always sell yourself on your ability to learn. Using past experience as evidence will help prove your competency and increase your value as a potential employee.
This sort of question boils down to “Well, why should we hire you?” Resist the temptation to answer with another strength. This question is easy to answer if you simply stay humble. It pays to show that you’re aware of your faults. This shows employers that you’re open to criticism which makes you a better team player.
Use this opportunity to show what you’re capable of doing. When asked about why you left a previous job use the chance to highlight your goals and experience. Explain your career path and where you intend to go with your career.
If your previous job didn’t end well, then it’s best to have a good answer prepared. Stick with the facts and don’t defend yourself. You can use it as an opportunity to show how you’ve grown and bettered yourself in the time since the last departure.
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