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Some Tough Interview Questions

As the job market opens up, and firms begin the hiring process once again, there is much competition for each job available.

This means that you have to use every possible avenue, and your creativity, in order to be noticed, and contacted for an interview. How will you stand out from the competition?

In follow-up to my earlier article inter-viewing-techniques/, I would like to explore some of the questions you can anticipate hearing in your interviews during the course of your job search.

Assuming you have conducted all of your research thoroughly prior to your first interview with your potential new employer, you may want to consider the questions that will be asked of you during phase one of the hiring process.

One of the most common questions asked in the initial interview process is ‘Why should we hire you’?

Do you have an intelligent response to this question, or are you assuming that your resume and references speak for themselves? Perhaps you are of the belief that the electronic Portfolio you also submitted would do the talking for you.

Some questions that you may wish to give some thought and careful consideration to that are likely to arise are:

Why did you leave your last position?

Can you elaborate on the achievements and contributions you made in your last role?

Would you return to your previous employer if given the opportunity – why or why not?

What do you know about our firm and our industry?

How do you respond to constructive criticism?

How do you feel about taking direction from someone less experienced/younger than yourself?

How do you feel about working overtime?

What would your response be to a request to work on a ‘weekend’ rush project?

How do you feel you can contribute to your teammates’ overall success?

What other practical skills, or personal attributes do you possess that would make you a preferred candidate for this role?

Do you work best as part of a team, or independently?

Why do you want to work for us?

What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years?

Are you interested in upgrading your skills and education to encourage career growth?

Are you attending any training courses at this time? If not, do you have plans to do so in the near future?

If you were able to have any position you wanted, in any industry, what would it be, and why?

How important are company benefits to you?

What kind of salary expectations do you have for this role? (assuming not advertised)

What questions do you have for me with respect to our firm and this potential job?

Ideally, an interview should not take any longer than half an hour.I am not suggesting that all of the above questions will be asked of you at once, however, these questions, or questions along the same lines, are likely to come up at some point in your job search, and therefore you should be prepared to respond appropriately.

I suggest that you role-play interviewing with a friend, or even someone you do not know well, if they are willing to spend the time with you.

You could do this via any of the ‘networks’ you are linked to, however, it would be much more effective to do this exercise in person so you can see body language reactions to your responses, as well as have your own body language interpreted.

I wish you much Success!

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Jenni Proctor