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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.

Recruitment Chatbots: ‘You talking to me?’

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

AI-powered chatbots are everywhere. You’ve probably met them when buying a flight ticket or solving a problem with your bank account. Lately, they have transformed our consumer experience. And now recruitment chatbots are taking over some relevant aspects of the hiring processes, specially in pre-screening or pre-qualification tests.

recruitment chatbots

Like any other chatbot, it is a software designed to conduct a conversation, understand human language, and simulate human behavior. The technologies behind are well known by their acronyms, AI (artificial intelligence) and NLP (natural language processing).

In HR, recruitment chatbots are used to reduce time and help with repetitive or inefficient tasks. If you think that talking to people at work sometimes is time consuming and makes it hard to deal with more important issues, imagine life before bots, when recruiters had to call hundreds of applicants for a single position just to check some basic requirements.

What are recruitment chatbots used for?

The most extended use of HR chatbots is during the pre-screening process. Bots are designed to ask candidates a series of relevant questions for the position. Even before a human recruiter reads your CV, a bot can contact you to ask for important information, such as years of experience in a position, certain skills and studies, or a foreign language level.

With all these data ‘in mind’, recruitment chatbots decide if an applicant meets the basic requirements for the job or not. As a candidate, you should take into account that you will be assessed according to your answers, so be clear and provide all the relevant information as if it were a human-to-human conversation. Take these bots seriously and don’t waste the opportunity for being the selected one!

Jobseekers may also use them to their own advantage. They are available round-the-clock to answer queries about the job and the hiring process. You no longer have to spam recruiters with questions that are simple to answer. A chatbot can help you almost instantaneously.

Has everything gone well? The recruiter wants to schedule an interview? Chatbots can also help in this tedious task and match your appointment books.

But what does a recruitment chatbot conversation look like? Like many other chatbots, most of them are integrated with the most popular chat apps. This includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, or it can be built in the recruiter’s webpage or recruitment platform. Sometimes you will forget you are talking to a bot, while at other times… well, you will remember that technology still has a lot to learn from us human beings!

Have you already chatted with a bot recruiter? How was your experience?

5 Ways to Look (and Sound) More Self-Confident

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice and tagged , , on by Jeannine.

Look around you; at the bus driver, at commuters on the train, at your friends and your colleagues. It’s easy to notice who’s confident, isn’t it? They’re usually the ones who look happy, who sit upright and who, if they catch you looking at them, smile back. Self-Confidence illuminates in those who have it and it gives them a sense of fearlessness. Those who have self-confidence are most likely to be successful in both their personal and professional life. Why is this? It’s because self-confidence gives us the feeling that we’re doing is exactly what we want and need to be doing.

5 Ways to Look More Confident

Self-Confidence, like any other skill, can be learned over time. And contrary to what you may believe, learning to be confident is easier than it looks.

Here are 5 easy ways to look (and sound) more confident


Whether you’re getting ready for a job interview or preparing for a meeting with important clients, your confidence (or hesitation) will be present.

Dress to Impress- ConfidenceLook the part. Remember that old saying, dress for success? Put it into practice. Try it out, put something on that makes you feel powerful; a nice, ironed shirt or black pants and a great pair of shoes. How do you feel? Now do the reverse. How do you feel in those pyjamas? In your tracksuit?

If you look the part, you’ll feel the part.

Posture. Body language sometimes says more than verbal language. If you’re slouching or looking down to the ground, you’re not going to seem confident. Carry your head high, throw your shoulders back (something our mums have told us to do over and over!) and smile. Act like you own the room, even if you don’t!

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NEVER Say This During a Job Interview

This entry was posted in Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , on by María Aragón.

10 expressions and attitudes to avoid during a job interview

what you can't say in a job interviewYou can bring out your dark side with friends and ex-colleagues because they know the real you and they’ve seen you at your best. But first impressions count and during a job interview, they are even decisive. We’ve come up with a list of the 10 worst messages you can give during a job interview!

1- What’s this about? Have you really not had time to research the company you want to be part of, and not to mention, dedicate most of your productive time to? Not knowing if the company sells apples or designs planes is only going to reveal your lack of interest. Yes, yes, that’s called lack of interest.

2- I just want a job. What you’re really saying is: “Hi, I’m desperate to get a job and I don’t care what I have to do. In fact, I haven’t even assessed whether I’m suitable for the role or thought about the responsibilities involved. Just contract me and we’ll figure it out later.” It may be true, but telling the world will not help in making a good impression – because that just makes us seem like jellyfish floating along on the tide.

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Finding Your Perfect Match: Speed Recruitment

This entry was posted in Advice for recruiters, Job interviews and tagged , on by Jeannine.

speed_recruitingTwo minutes! Ring! “Hello, I’m Abby. I love rainy days curled up in my leather chair and reading by the window with a cup of tea. I live for getting lost in the tiny streets of cities I don’t know. My perfect date would start early in the morning with a long walk and a picnic in the mountains.

Have your friends ever dragged you out for a night of speed dating? Luckily mine haven’t, well, not yet! Have you ever tried speed dating? What would you think about the same concept applied to recruitment?

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