3 Interview Questions to Be Ready For

April 28th, 2016

Certainly, not all interviews are going to be the same. But as a job seeker, it is important to understand not just the specific details of what happens in each interview but the overall themes that will come into play. In general, there will be things employers want to know about their candidates and while the questions may be worded differently, they will be consistent across the board. So what are three of the interview questions that you should be prepared for in each interview? Here are some common concepts that appear in many interview situations.

1. What can you tell me that’s not on your resume?

Many job seekers get tripped up with this kind of question because they feel like it is an invitation to launch into their life story. While this should be a personalized response, it isn’t meant to include everything that isn’t on your resume. Instead, consider some stories you can tell about experiences you’ve had. People relate to stories, so think up some circumstances in your professional past that demonstrate how you would benefit a future employer. Engage them. Make it entertaining, interesting and appropriate. If you can tailor a soft skill that shows your value to the hiring manager through a great story, that will be a positive for your chances.

2. What salary do you expect?

Be careful, any talk about money in an initial interview can be a trap. When they ask you about money, the response shouldn’t be a specific number. If you suggest something too low, you’ll be trapped. If you suggest something too high, you’ll miss out. Instead, deflect the question appropriately. Tell them that you want to conduct the proper research into the job, now that you know more about it, and will be able to get back to them with a range. Most employers will respect this answer.

3. Why should I hire you?

A direct question like this also often throws people off guard in an interview. The employer wants to know why you think they should hire you, so put yourself in their shoes and solve their problem. Every job opening is a problem, so tap into their pain points and tell them how you are the right solution for them. Give specific examples, details, and compelling reasons to keep talking to you, asking more questions, or offering you the job.

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Here’s What NOT to Ask in Your Next Job Interview

January 28th, 2016

You’ve been told that you should have questions for the interviewer when you’re looking for a job. While it’s great to have a lot of questions prepared, did you know that there are some questions you should never ask? While you prepare for your interview, consider these questions to avoid.

  1. Tell me more about the company.

    If you don’t know what the company even does you have no business interviewing with them. This is the most basic information you can acquire for yourself before the interview. This question will be an immediate red flag for the interviewer. They’ll assume that you don’t pay attention to detail or aren’t willing to put the work into learning. Framing this question in a better light “Tell me more about this new initiative” shows you did some research on the company’s website or in the news sources.

  2. Does the company monitor computer usage?

    When you ask if a company does a thing, then it demonstrates that you’re worried about that thing. Companies have the legal right to monitor their computers and other property. By asking about this technique, you’re admitting guilt to misuse of equipment before you even start the job. You will not get hired.

  3. When can I get a promotion?

    Most companies encourage employee career growth, but you won’t qualify right away. If they believe that you view this job as a “foot in the door” or a stepping stone, they will be worried that you’ll abandon ship before you finish your first year. If you really don’t want this job, don’t apply for it.

  4. How much does this job pay?

    A first interview is not the right time to talk about money. Even if they ask, let them know that you want to look at the numbers and talk about it later in the process so you can discuss the options. If you ask about money in the first meeting they will rightfully assume that the pay is all you care about.

  5. Do you run drug screens or background checks?

    By asking if they test for drugs or if they run a background check, then you are admitting that you have concern for the results. It is best to assume that every company will perform these checks, even if they don’t. That being said, the company must also provide you the results of these tests so you are able to review the problems and provide mitigating details of they apply.

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