Job Interview Technique: Asking & Answering Questions

This entry was posted in Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

If you have attended several job interviews, you may have realized there is a set of questions employers usually ask. Some of them may seem unfitting but all have a specific purpose. This is why you should know what employers want to know with these most asked interview questions and a helpful job interview technique.

What Is the True Meaning of the Most Asked Job Interview Questions?

 

  • “What can you tell us about yourself?”

You may consider it’s inappropriate because it seems way too general. You can’t cover all the aspects of your life. And it’s impossible to guess what the recruiter wants to find about your person. So, what is the true meaning of this question? Employers test your ability to interact with others. Your answer will give an idea of how you present yourself in a social setting and about the personal traits that you consider important.

  • “What is your biggest flaw?”

Nobody is prone to give an honest answer to this question. Why would you talk openly about your flaws with the person on whom your future job depends? The recruiter wants to find out if you are honest and if you are capable of overcoming your flaw. If you say that you work too much, it’s not considered a real obstacle. When giving an authentic example, for instance, if you aren’t good at multitasking, you should say what you did to manage the problem with multitasking.

  • “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

The question might seem inappropriate because no one can predict their future. It might force most candidates to give an answer related to the company in question because they feel they have to be loyal to it. But, in reality, this is your opportunity to talk about your long term goals. It gives the employer an idea of your professional plans and how you intend to progress. It’s also an opportunity to talk about your strengths and to highlight the areas where you think you’ll grow the most.

  • “Why do you want to work for our company?”

Most candidates consider that as long as you fit the job description and you go to the interview, the reasons for applying are unnecessary. But the hirer wants to measure your interest in that job. If you’re only interested in the paycheck, the company might want a candidate that’s more enthusiastic about the opportunity. The question is a way to eliminate those who apply for inappropriate reasons.

  • “Why do you want to leave your current job?”

It seems like an obvious question. You want to leave because the job is unsatisfying. But the employer wants to ensure that the reasons for making you leave your current company won’t repeat. If you say that it’s because of your boss, the recruiter might think you’re a difficult employee. It’s best to focus on how the job is not fulfilling your professional goal. Explain how the wanted job will help you grow.

Good job interview techniques are required when preparing for that important meeting. Besides the actual preparation, consulting good interview techniques might let you discover some helping details.

A Good Job Interview Technique: Asking the Right Questions

 

One good interview technique is to interview the interviewer. Of course, I mean choosing the right questions to ask the recruiter during the interview. This way you will get a full image of the company and the position. This good interview technique helps you to express how interested you are in the company and the job. It also shows if the job is suitable for you.

  • “What would be my daily responsibilities?”

Before getting a job it’s important to know what the exact duties will be. It’s possible that you’ve created an image that doesn’t correspond to reality. This is the time to clear any possible concerns. Pay attention to what the interviewer says. If they can’t give you precise information, think twice before choosing the job. Try asking further questions.

  • “What opportunities for improvement and advancement do I have?”

This question will serve you in at least two ways. Firstly, you will discover how could you advance in your career, and secondly, you will find out what skills the advancement will require. It also will show the interviewer that you are an ambitious person with perspectives for the future.

  • “What is the biggest challenge the company is facing in the present?”

Through this question, you will find out more about the company while demonstrating that you are interested in doing more than routine work. The recruiter will appreciate the question, especially if it’s well documented. In other words, if you informed in advance about the company’s objectives and problems.

  • “When did you start working for this company?”

Most people enjoy talking about themselves. In addition to this, you have the opportunity to learn more about your potential boss and the hiring company.

  • “What criteria should meet the person taking the job?”

Even though the requirements were listed in the job announcement, it wouldn’t hurt to hear them again. The recruiter might give some extra information and you will see if you fit the description.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to save face while being interviewed because everything depends only on you. In this case, you have to prepare questions to answer and ask. It can help you be yourself and behave more freely.

Author: Diane H. Wong
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Diane is a business coach with more than 5 years of experience. She likes producing articles for research paper writing help. She has her own pages on some websites where she shares her knowledge with others.

It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Career

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

The average working person is likely to change careers between five and seven times during their life, according to career change statistics. There are many reasons why a person’s career goals shift to a different perspective but, regardless of the reason, it can be a daunting prospect, particularly in later life.

What was previously set in stone that we stay in the same job for 40 or more years has changed considerably in the modern world so that, currently, revamping yourself and career is becoming the norm. The question is how to go about it to keep a work-life balance that brings both happiness and financial security to a newfound career change.

Focus on the positives

If you’re over 50, you’re in a prime position to transfer your skills to a new career move: with plenty of knowledge and working experience, there’s no need to shy away from jumping into a new profession.

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Instead of focusing on the negatives such as your age, competition from younger workers, or financial issues, capitalise on the positive attributes you have. If you’re not the retiring type, working in later life will keep your mind sharper, your body fitter, and give you healthier financial independence for when you do decide to stop working. Now you have the maturity, long term commitment, and stability on your side that younger candidates won’t have.

Take your time to research

On the surface, it can be a drastic decision to make a career change later in life but providing you do your research and avoid making quick decisions, there’s nothing to stop you from making a successful transition. Whether you choose to launch your own business or sidestep to another company with better prospects, it’s essential to prepare yourself as much as possible.

Over the years, you have probably developed numerous marketable skills so determine which ones are best suited to the new position you want to apply for. It’s also a good idea to update your CV and if necessary, get professional help to hone in on all your positive attributes.

Build up a network

With years of experience on your side, the chances are that you’ve built up a considerable amount of contacts associated with your working sector and now is the time to use them.

Reach out to anyone who you think will be able to help you further your career in a different direction, from junior to senior positions so you can make significant connections in your new career choice. There are many ways to establish a path into a new work move so it would also be advisable to join professional networks and groups to become even more in tune with people and any organisational aspects of your potential career to make things easier.

… and change your career

If you concentrate on what you really want to do, possibly for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually conclude that it’s never too late to make the change, so you should just go for it!

Author: Cassandra McNulty

How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing and tagged , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

So, you’ve decided it’s time to find a new job and you’ve created a killer CV to help you do it.

Now you need to elevate your job search and ensure your CV is being seen by the people who’ll give you access to the role of your dreams. But how can you do this?

With so much competition for the top roles, it’s essential to get in the mindset of a marketer and ensure your CV is being seen by the right people.

In the guide below, we’ll look at five ways you can get your CV noticed and secure yourself that all-important interview.

How to Get Your CV Noticed by the Right People

Start with a strong CV

Before your CV is seen, you need to make sure it’s up to scratch. This means choosing a clear and concise layout which enables the recruiter to quickly find the information they need.

Be sure to highlight your relevant key skills, top achievements, qualifications and previous work experience. Also, use keywords and skills from the job description throughout, to prove to the recruiter that you’re a good fit for the role.

Additionally, before you do anything with your CV, you need to make sure you’ve proofread it several times. If you submit an application that is full of mistakes, you might stand out – but for all the wrong reasons!

Sign up to job boards

Once you’ve written a strong CV, it’s time to start putting it out there. One of the best ways to find the best roles and get noticed is by signing up to job boards.

It might sound simple, but most candidates don’t utilise this trick – and recruiters often use the sites to search for potential hires.

Simply register for your chosen job board(s) and upload a generic version of your CV. You can even sign up for email alerts from each job board, so relevant roles are sent straight to your inbox as soon as they’re live.

Go to a recruitment agency

In today’s digital world, it might seem a little outdated (and sometimes daunting) to meet with recruiters face-to-face. But this can be a highly beneficial way to get your CV in front of the right people.

Their job is to find you a job, so it’s in their best interest to work closely with you and get your CV out to the right employers!

If you do decide to meet with a recruiter, treat it like an interview. Go along with a copy of your CV, make sure you’re looking smart and be confident in your abilities. The better the impression you leave, the keener they’ll be to put you forward for an interview.

Make the most of social media

Using social media is a fantastic way to be proactive in your job search.

Platforms like Facebook have industry-specific job pages where people can share their vacancies. What’s more, searching for hashtags or following your favourite companies online can help you to find other exciting job opportunities.

However, LinkedIn is the obvious winner in terms of job searching. Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date, with a professional photo, and turn your career interests to ‘on’. This lets potential employers and recruiters know that you’re open to new opportunities.

Consider sending speculative applications

A speculative application is one in which you send your CV and cover letter to an organisation you would like to work for, to enquire about any vacancies. This is done despite the fact they aren’t actively advertising any roles.

Writing speculative applications can be tricky at first, but once you get to grips with this it can be a great way to find your dream role.

To send a speculative application, you’ll need to create a tailored cover letter, which you’ll paste into the body of the email. You should discuss why you’d be interested working for the specific company (generic emails won’t get you anywhere), what type of role you’d like to be considered for and why you’d make a great hire. Remember to attach your CV and add your contact details to your signature.

Get your CV noticed

If you want to ensure your CV is being seen by the right people, then you need to be proactive in your job search. Rather than simply applying to job advertisements, get your CV noticed by following the steps above. You’ll be on your way to securing a job interview before you know it!

Author: Andrew Fennell
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Andrew is the founder of CV writing advice website StandOut CV. He is a former recruitment consultant and contributes careers advice to websites like Business Insider, The Guardian and FastCompany.

Christmas Jobs: A Smart Guide to Find Temp Work

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, JobisJob Data, New Year and tagged , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Christmas is just around the corner and so are the seasonal jobs. And Christmas jobs are an opportunity to put some money into your pocket, acquire more experience and meet new people.

To make your temporary Christmas job search more efficient, we have selected the most in demand positions for you based on some key data and labour market trends in the UK.

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Start your Christmas temp job search now!

Most companies start recruiting Christmas staff as early as October with a peak in November. The time is now! Browsing on many job boards and recruitment agencies can be messy. So to find all the available positions across different websites in just one place visit JobisJob.

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Christmas jobs offers in the last 12 months (source: Job Market Insights).

Seasonal jobs created for you: Where, what and who

Search your Christmas job throughout the UK sorting by location or finding your town in the map. As usual, LondonManchesterBristolBirmingham and Leeds have the most job offers, but there are opportunities almost everywhere. Retail, logistics, and hospitality & catering are growing sectors these months. Do you want or do you have experience in one of the following industries? These are the ones most in demand:

And to make the search more specific, try with some of the job titles to be guided:

Top companies

Department stores and retailers are among the top recruiters in Christmas time. Debehmans and QD Stores are in the list. Delivery services, such as Royal Mail, and beauty stores positions are also topping the ranking.

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And one last tip: start the search as soon as possible, be flexible, and prepare to start ASAP… Enjoy your Christmas job!

*Source: Job Market Insights

7 Personal Traits That May Hinder Career Advancement

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

If you’re career oriented and wish to achieve great things in your life, you might be thinking that you have certain qualities which hold you back more than allow you to progress. The truth is that there are indeed some personal traits which can make a person less productive and efficient in their job.

Understanding and recognizing these traits is the first step to starting to change them for the better. Here are some personal traits that could hinder career advancement, and some tips on how you can make them work in your advantage and achieve your professional goals.

Personal traits

1. Procrastination

One of the personal traits that can really set a person behind on schedule is procrastination. This can be a result of many different things though. Instead of jumping straight in and attributing this trait to pure laziness, you should keep in mind that not every procrastinator is lazy.

Not enjoying the work you’re doing is more often than you can imagine and it can cause even the best professionals to slack off and postpone their job until the very last minute. A career change or a reevaluation or your skills and expectations from your job could really help you see this issue from a different perspective and solve it once and for all.

2. Lack of focus

Due to the time and day we live in, we are constantly surrounded by obligations and problems. This can very often be a reason for us to lose focus, even when we’re doing something important. It can cause to forget things about your job that make it important and therefore miss some milestones which could help turn your career around.

In order to solve this, you will have to learn how to prioritize your problems and tasks for each day. Knowing where to begin will help you stay more focused and will allow you to tackle each task methodically.

3. Aggressiveness

When you have to work with other people, you will have to know how to respect each other’s boundaries and be polite to be able to effectively communicate with them. Always keep in mind that not every person you work with will be as smart or as good at their job as you are. Being aggressive will only make you look like the bad guy in your business.

If people can’t keep up with your expectations, you can’t become aggressive and force your working style and opinions on others. You will lose many opportunities as people will consider you difficult to work with and will avoid chances of coming in contact with you just for that sole reason.

4. Perfectionism

There is both a good and a bad side to being a perfectionist. On the one hand, you will be able to always produce work which will be of the best quality, free of any errors and always submit it on time. On the other hand, though, you will constantly be stressed and under pressure, doubting yourself and your abilities as nothing you create will ever be good enough.

When you progress in your professional career and you get to gain more working experience, it is very easy to see how much you know compared to when you started. This should give you the motivation to stop worrying too much about quality and focus on learning new things which could help you elevate your work without too much effort.

5. Pessimism

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work you don’t manage to make much progress in your field of work? Your negative attitude could very well be the reason why you are holding yourself back. While being arrogant and overconfident is not a good thing, you should give credit to yourself when you do something well.

Acknowledging your hard work and your successes is essential for you to continue making progress. Turn your pessimism into optimism, and keep reminding yourself that as long as you work hard, everything will turn out okay in the end and you will be able to reach all of your goals.

6. Individualism

Working with others can be tough but it is an essential part of making progress in your career. Even if your profession in a lonely one, you should still keep your contacts active and network in order to have people around when you need them.

Individualism is a trait that can alienate you from valuable contacts which you will need to book more jobs and progress in your field.

7. Lack of confidence

There are many talented people out there who could go very far but they sadly lack the confidence to help them succeed. If you find yourself in this percentage, you should make sure to start working towards boosting your confidence. As impossible as that might seem, there are plenty of ways to do so.

You can ask people you trust for their opinion on your work and use their feedback productively. Negative comments will always be present, but as long as you remind yourself that they’re a necessary part of your progress as a professional, you will be able to gain some much-needed confidence.

Old habits die hard, but the change is worth it

While it might seem impossible to change some personal traits you might have had your entire life, you will be able to do so as long as you’re dedicated. Working hard on yourself and doing everything you can to succeed in your chosen field of work will be the best guides towards your advancement.

Which personal traits would you like to change for yourself?

Author: Estelle Liotard
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Estelle is a seasoned content writer and a blogger, with years of experience in different fields of marketing. She is a senior writer at WoWGrade and a content editor at Studicus, and loves every second of it. Her passion is teaching people how to overcome digital marketing obstacles and help businesses communicate their messages to their customers.