Career Advice For Candidates Seeking A Job

Having difficulty finding that job of your dreams? Do you find that you are sending out endless resumes, without any response from prospective employers? This section will provide you with informative tips on how you can break away from the pack and help you find a job you love!

Tough Interview Questions To Prepare For:

Tell me something about yourself!

Keep your answer to one or two minutes. Plan ahead by researching the employer and the particular job role in advance. Have a concise answer prepared that focuses on your key skills, knowledge and experiences that are relevant to the position. Don’t ramble. Touch on personal skills and characteristics that translate into career strengths.

What do you know about our company?

Do your homework before the interview. Spend some time online researching the organization. Check out their Social profiles. Find out as much as you can, including products and services, the size of the organization, reputation, image, management style, company history, culture and philosophy. Project an informed interest. Impress them with your knowledge and initiative.

Why do you want to work for us?

Don’t talk about what you want. First, talk about their needs: you would like to be part of a specific company project; you have the experience to solve a company problem; you can make a contribution to specific company goals. Conclude by referencing their work environment or corporate culture and how you would work well in such an atmosphere.

What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can’t?

This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate how your past accomplishments and skills relate to their specific requirements. Use past experiences that show you’ve had success in solving previous problems on the job that may be similar to those of the prospective employee. Speak to results and not just initiatives. The interviewer wants to know that you are willing to go above and beyond the basic requirements of the position.

What about the position do you find the most attractive and least attractive?

List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.

What do you look for in a job?

An opportunity to user your skills, to perform and be recognized.

How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Not long at all. You expect only a brief period of adjustment during the learning curve.

How long would you stay with us?

As long as we both feel I’m contribution, achieving, growing etc.

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

The interviewer’s objective is to ensure that you will be satisfied in the position and you aren’t simply buying time until you find something better. Be realistic, but try to illustrate that you are goal oriented and you are looking to grow and progress within the company.

What motivates you?

Avoid mentioning motivators such as money, benefits or vacation. You want to appear hardworking and interested in the responsibilities of the position. Focus on how you will benefit the company as opposed to how they will benefit you.

What are your strengths?

If you’ve done your homework you should have an understanding of what the interviewer will be looking for an ideal candidate. Focus your answer on the characteristics and skills that were listed in the job posting or that you feel are most relevant to the position. Highlighting attributes that show you have a good work ethic, will also impress the interviewer. Be prepared to support your claims with specific examples from past experiences.

What are your weaknesses?

A common mistake that many job seekers make is to answer this question by making a so-called weakness seem positive. Discuss a skill that you would like to improve upon and describe actions that you are taking to do so.

Why should we hire you?

This is generally a question that will be asked near the conclusion of the interview. It give you an opportunity to reiterate the skills, experiences and accomplishments that will enable you to excel in the position. Think of it as a chance to summarize all your relevant strengths and differentiate from other candidates.

Do you have any questions?

The wrong answer is “No”. Asking informed questions shows initiative and indicates that you are truly interested in the position.

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