JOB INTERVIEW Questions and Answers


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into today’s topic. Back when I was a recruiter, there was 1 question
I would ALWAYS get asked. And that was ‘What kind of questions will I get asked in a job
interview’ Quite recently I got asked something like that and it sparked the idea of making
a video about it. If you’re in the market for a new job, I really… really hope – that
this video will help you be better equipped. Or if you know somebody that could benefit
from it please share the love, and let me start with question #1 – these are not going
to be asked necessarily in exact order, but they are the 10 most frequently asked questions. 1. Tell me about yourself.
Now this is not exactly a question, but it’s typically the first thing you’ll go into and
your answer IS what will help the interviewer initially determine whether or not you may
be a good fit. For that reason, it is very important that
you deliver a concise but confident answer. A horrible approach is to share your life
story, go off on tangents, that is damaging, so I really advise your rehearse this before
the interview. Rehearse enough to where you don’t sound rehearsed if that make sense.
You need to keep your chin up, and answer confidently with an appropriate smile on your
face. Show enthusiasm. Make sure that you identify areas that reflect
the job you are being interviewing for, and you CAN figure that out from the job ad the
company put out there. This can show the interviewer how you are well suited for the job. For example, let me read you some job requirements
from a random ad: Ability to analyze all contracts to ensure
compliance. Excellent administrative and organizational
skills. Excellent communication skills, both verbal
and written. So these are qualities that company is looking
for in a candidate. So you can answer with – I’m a very curious
person, I have a constant hunger to learn things, and that’s why I love to read a lot
and watch documentaries. I’m very stimulated by productive environments, I love getting
things done well and organized, because that gives me a sense of self value. Over the past
years I’ve been really learning how to openly communicate, to be more constructive and I’m
very excited about that because it’s helped me in different areas of my life- you see,
I added a more personal factor in there, to make the delivery of some of the qualities,
not sound theatrical, or overly salesy, but natural and seamlessly delivered. Now be prepared – in this scenario you might
get asked: what’s a book you loved since you mentioned you like reading. Or what’s the
last documentary you watched. You need to be prepared so you’re not like. Ummm…. I personally like this answer because you
don’t hear it that often. Almost every person I’ve ever interviewed, answered this question
with: I’m timely, organized, hard-working – BLAH! It’s like they were all put together
by the same manufacturer. Answering like that shows no originality, you don’t stand out
in any way and odds are that person WILL forget you. So talking about books and documentaries
was a fun add, but relevant because they revolve around you seeking knowledge, and that’s what
smart people do. Now I want to know more about you. So – highlight some of the key attributes
the company is looking for, in a short and concise delivery, peppered in with some personal
facts but that are still relevant to the question. That’s why it’s good to practice, so you can
think of all these things in advance. #2. What do you know about our company? I’ve said this since I can remember: -Be prepared,
or lose to somebody that is- not doing your homework will most likely kill your opportunity.
It’s tacky to go interview for a company you don’t know much about and odds are that you
won’t get the job because you’ll come off uninterested. Anybody can read and regurgitate things written
on the ‘About’ page. So, in addition to reading the ‘About’ check out the other web pages,
to learn more about the company’s work, the type of products and services they may provide,
locations, who the executives are… Google the company and read some of the articles
that pop up. You’ll be doing this not only to be prepared
in case you get asked the question, but to cement your presence in the interviewer’s
mind, because this research will help you relate to the company with some of your own
passions, interests or experiences. For example, – I like doing ___X___ and honestly, that’s
one of the reasons WHY I’m drawn to your company, because I really believe in your mission to
_______insert blank ________ . #3. What interests you about this job? This question also needs to be answered to
the point and can be answered easily if you’ve done homework on the company. The answer could
be offered by simply explaining the alignment in views, your interest in the industry vertical
and how your skills match their requirements. Show enthusiasm and smile the entire time. #4. Why did you leave your last job? Or why
are you leaving your current job? If there’s only one thing you’ll take out
of this is – to never speak badly or criticize your previous employer. No matter what happened,
who did what, you always need to answer this question positively. If you do otherwise,
you will appear unprofessional, and most likely the hiring person won’t want that at their
company. Here are some examples:
– if you’re leaving because your boss sucks – you can say you’re leaving because of difference
in work philosophies. – if you got fired – you can say that you
were unfortunately let go, but you understood the reasoning and recognized what you needed
to work on and improve, which is what you’ve been doing and will be a significantly better
team member because of it. You essentially need to relay the message
that you’re ready to apply everything you’ve learned out of every experience and be the
best possible fit for the new company. Always keep it classy! Humility is highly recognized. #5. What are some of your strengths? When answering this question, respond only
with the relevant skills and strengths. Prior research plays into this as well, so you know
ahead of time what will be best suited for the job. The ads companies put out, are great
for buzzwords and you can tactfully use those trigger-words when answering this question. Since I’m on the topic of buzzwords, if you
have a couple more minutes, you can maybe check out the 2 videos I made about how to
put together a creative resume and how to creatively market yourself. 2 very important
things that together with this video will really help you craft a strong foundation
and package yourself very attractively to employers. Now if you get asked about your weaknesses,
please remember that we all have them and that’s not a bad thing. Don’t sound overly
critical of yourself when answering this question though, but rather pick one of your ‘weaknesses’
and turn it into a positive. You could say that you’re meticulously organized, and that
perfectionist has sometimes led in the past to taking a little bit longer to deliver a
task, but it’s something you’ve been working on, and have been finding the right balance
between high quality and completion goals. Never talk about a weakness unless it’s something
that you’ve conquered and it conveys a positive outcome if that makes sense. And in doing that, you’ve answered this question
without beating around the bush, without sounding awfully critical of yourself and shifted the
nature of the conversation to something positive. Not to mention that people who can talk with
ease about their weaknesses as well as their strengths, project a humble sense of confidence
that’s very attractive and that’s typically exactly what these hiring managers are looking
for! Think ahead of time and choose your ‘weaknesses’ wisely. #6. Give me an example of a difficult situation
or task that you’ve dealt with. That could be a time when you maybe had to
deal with a difficult customer or a crisis… This is asked so that you can share how you
used problem-solving and communication skills to help resolve a problem. How you handle a problem says a lot about
your skills and emotional intelligence. Keep it simple but keep it positive, don’t throw
anybody under the bus or speak negatively about anybody to explain the situation. It’s
good to think about this question ahead of time, because I have to be honest, as a hiring
manager, it’s pretty boring when people don’t have a story to share. Just think of a time
when you had to demonstrate your skills. #7. Why should we hire YOU? – Translation:
What makes you better than anybody else, or what can you do that others can’t? One thing I used to do, is I’d take with me
a print out of the job description they advertised, and I had previously highlighted some of the
key terms in their requirements. I’d answer the question by pulling out the print out,
and pointing to one of the highlighted terms and adding ‘I’m the right person for the job
because _____ and I’d say something pertaining to that quality that they’re looking for I’d
then point to the second highlighted term and add I believe in this because ____, and
so forth. And if you top it off with – My intention is to give you the reasons to think
‘I hired the right person’ then…. BOOM! #8. What Are Your Career Goals? The interviewer will ask you that typically
because they want to gauge how long you plan on staying at their company. Preparation is
good here as well, because you have to figure out how to articulate the goal. Although no one can really know where they’ll
be in their career 5 or 10 years from now, beating around the bush kind of answers won’t
be taken seriously. So you can say that you’ve thought about your future and have put some
thought into career planning, no one can really know for sure where they’ll in 5 years, but
ideally you hope to move up the ladder at this company, and based on your performance
to be in some managerial position and continue helping the company in that way. You basically want to reassure them that the
job you’re interviewing for fits into your career plan, so they feel you’ll be committed
to them long term, and not use them just as a stepping stone and quit after a year, because
a lot goes into hiring somebody. Even if you’re unsure that this position is
really going to be part of your future, you can express that this experience will play
an important role in your future and you’re ready to step into those shoes. BOOM again! #9. What are your salary expectations? I always try to avoid giving an exact answer
to this question, because I don’t want to shortchange myself. What if I was making $80K
at the previous job and I say that? If they were prepared to pay $90, I just shot myself
in the foot. I’d usually tell the interviewer that if I’m being seriously considered, I’d
love to see what they’d consider offering me. I will have a salary range narrowed down
by then as well, so we can discuss this matter more seriously. If the hiring manager insists on getting an
idea, speak in ranges. I’d say If we can meet somewhere in the 80’s-90’s range it would
be perfect. I am flexible and I’d just like to start with their judgment first. #10. Do you have any questions for me?
Translation: How much attention have you been paying? Here you can have a couple of potential questions
already fabricated in your mind, from which to choose from, depending on which one will
be most appropriate to the meeting and what has or hasn’t been covered so far. I like questions like: ‘What attracted YOU
to this company?’ or ‘What advice would you give somebody hired in this position’ (that
of course would be the position you’re interviewing for) Now I’ve shared some KEY pieces of advice
in this morning’s email to you. If you’d like to get that email, please feel free to visit
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things to keep in mind there, that will help you in the interview and during the job searching
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