6 Questions You MUST Be Prepared To Answer During Interviews
Increasing your chances of getting the job are pretty simple if you’re well-prepared for your next interview. If you’re ready to answer some of the most common interview questions, you’re a step ahead of your competition.
Here are six questions you must be prepared to answer during interviews:
1. Why Don’t You Tell Me About Yourself?
Approach this question as it relates to the job for which you are applying. Develop a 30-60 second personal branding statement that touches on your work history, your education, and briefly highlights your accomplishments. Practice this a bit – if you’re going for a sales or client facing job, the employer wants to make sure you’re more than just a capable communicator.
2. What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
For this particular question, you’re going to want to provide tangible skills. Don’t waste your time or the employer’s with, “I’m really a great team player,” or “I have excellent communication skills.” Instead, describe your ability to bring new clients on board or talk about your knack for increasing
Over the last few years, the job market has been pretty brutal. With so many job seekers vying over the same openings, competition has reached sky-high limits. In response, some candidates are going to crazy lengths to get noticed. Whether candidates submit their resume on a chocolate bar, perform a guitar solo about why they’re the perfect fit for the job, film over-the-top YouTube videos that have gone viral, employers have seen just about everything.
As crazy as some of these situations sound, they have one common denominator: they worked. The candidates captured their target employers’ attention and sometimes even landed the job.
While filming a video and making it go viral might be a bit impractical for you, there are some more realistic ways to get noticed. Here are five clever ways that, when implemented, are sure to make you stand out from your competition and help you land that coveted job offer.
1. Impress with Your Resume & Cover Letter
Both your resume and cover letter need to be perfect. This tip sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many people—qualified, competent people—lose job offers
Most companies in Australia use psychometric testing or pre-employment testing.
If you are applying for a position with NAB, ANZ, Telstra, government agencies, Police, Cadbury Schweppes, Bakers Delight or any other company in Australia you are more than likely to be asked to sit a psychometric test as part of assessing whether you are suitable for the position they have. In a recent survey conducted in Australia, more than 83% of employers stated that they use psychometric testing to assess job applicants’ ‘fit’ to positions advertised. The psychometric test can be either conducted by your potential employer or a recruitment agency.
When is psychometric testing used?
In addition to using selection tools like assessing your resumé, a written statement addressing the job selection criteria or a face-to-face interview, employers and recruitment agencies increasingly use this method to help determine a candidate’s suitability. Psychometric testing will typically follow your resume submission and an initial interview. Together, the results obtained from these selections tools will paint a picture for the recruiter that will indicate to them whether you can and will do the
Common sense will tell you that qualities like motivation, good judgment, and integrity are crucial to career success. But, just having these qualities is not enough to guarantee success.
To truly succeed, you must be able to demonstrate these—and many other qualities—each and every day on the job. This article describes a number of things you can start doing today to truly succeed in your workplace.
BE A TEAM PLAYER
Demonstrate loyalty. Organizations put a high premium on company loyalty. You can demonstrate your loyalty in a number of ways. One of the easiest, and most important, is to support your company’s policies. Here are several other subtle ways to demonstrate your loyalty:
- Be punctual.
- Put in a full day’s work.
- Be willing to work extra hours.
- Be respectful and courteous to all the people you work with, from the janitor to the CEO.
By showing your loyalty in these tangible ways, you benefit yourself. It will be that much easier for you to develop the rapport and gain the support you need to get ahead.. In fact, some companies have even promoted people simply because they possessed these qualities, not because they had superior skills or abilities!
Anticipate your boss’ needs. One of the toughest parts about being a team
Building your career is exciting because it provides an opportunity to shape your life in the way you want. It can also be scary when you do not know what it is that you want to do and when you are not sure how you can make a living. The more you are in charge of your process, the better you will feel. So here are my top 10 tips to help move you forward as you create your career.
- Know your values
The place to start building career success is with yourself. First, zero in on your values. Values are the core principles that run your life. The more your career aligns with and honors your values, the deeper the sense of satisfaction you will derive from what you do.
- Play to your strengths
Second, find your strengths. It is easier and a lot more fun to play to your strengths than to compensate for weaknesses. A great resource for identifying your strengths is Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath where you buy the book and then take an on-line assessment which generates a report of your top 5 strengths. Then see how you can start playing to YOUR strengths!
- Live your
Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance, the other wants us to pull back. The one we cultivate and decide upon determines whom we become.
Luckily, with the right kind of training, every individual could be a success. Though, it’s not in your best interest to wait and expect others to assist you on the road there.
Rather, achievement and career advancement is the culmination of gaining self will power, setting firm resolutions and making a commitment to conquer your weakness and bad habits.
If success is truly something of interest, our recruitment professionals have laid out 10 easy theories to implement in order to have a more lucrative, productive and fulfilling career.
- The secret of success is to try to always improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position is. Learn all you can. In business, miracles do not simply happen.
Rather, success is the culmination of excessive learning and leveraging that knowledge to set firm goals then seeing those proposed accomplishments through to the end.
2.Think in terms of solutions rather than focusing on problems. Simply because we can’t see a solution at a given moment does not mean it’s not there.
Use your subconscious voice in order to gain
If you ask him the secrets of building a wildly successfully career before the age of 30, Mehta will first tell you that you shouldn’t try to copy what others have done–you already have the answers within you. “There is no secret formula, no blueprint to success in business,” he says. “To try to mimic one is to lose before you even get in the game. The idea that you can recreate success is a myth.”
According to Mehta, there are five strategies anyone can use to build a successful career before hitting the big 3-0. And they just happen to be great advice for people at any age.
Instead of waiting for change to find you, continuously innovate in your job to stay ahead of it. Take the initiative to come up with ideas for doing things better–and then have the courage to advance and implement them. Says Mehta, “Experience isn’t required for innovation. Thinking differently is. Look at everything and figure out where and how you can contribute, and then do so.”
One of the best ways to advance your career is to think, “How can I help others succeed?” When your team wins, you win along with it. It’s not all about you–when you’re a team
Negotiating an employment contract can be a daunting and tricky prospect; whether you’re renegotiating an existing package with your employer or about to start a new role at a different business.
If you don’t pour over the small print before committing and signing on the dotted line, you may come to regret it when your employment comes to an end. We find that when most of our clients are offered a new job, the last thing on their mind is negotiating, as they don’t want to risk jeopardising the relationship or being seen as ‘pushy.’ However, the process of negotiating an employment contract can leave you in a better position and for more senior roles the employer would expect you to negotiate.
Whilst some terms of the contract may not be flexible, many are. As the saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
We have prepared the top tips for negotiating an employment contract to help guide you through the key areas for consideration including issues surrounding post-termination of contract.
- Negotiate BEFORE signing the dotted line
The time to negotiate the terms of your employment contract is prior to your employment commencing. This is a very complex area and you should always
Here, then, are 10 tips to help you achieve successful career planning.
1. Make Career Planning an Annual Event
Many of us have physicals, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and do a myriad of other things on an annual basis, so why not career planning? Find a day or weekend once a year — more often if you feel the need or if you’re planning a major career change — and schedule a retreat for yourself. Try to block out all distractions so that you have the time to truly focus on your career — what you really want out of your career, out of your life.
By making career planning an annual event, you will feel more secure in your career choice and direction — and you’ll be better prepared for the many uncertainties and difficulties that lie ahead in all of our jobs and career.
2. Map Your Path Since Last Career Planning
One of your first activities whenever you take on career planning is spending time mapping out your job and career path since the last time you did any sort of career planning. While you should not dwell on your past, taking the time to review and reflect on the
Requirements listed on job descriptions are not sacrosanct.
When companies put up job descriptions for open positions, they are essentially trying to do two things: 1) get applicants excited about their company, and 2) get the right candidates to apply for the role. The idea is to communicate clearly the role, responsibilities, and expectations from the position. But, quite often, job descriptions are more of a wish-list for the ideal candidate than a checklist of traits every possible applicant must possess. Just like in real life, ideal scenarios are rare. If you feel you are not qualified in a few of the listed areas, but know that you would be able to do a good job, you may be right. Go ahead and apply. But because you don’t fully fit the bill, you may have to make some extra effort to get your foot through the door of the interviewing room. Here’s how.
1. List out all the skills and qualifications you think you have from the job description.These are going to be the areas you can highlight in your cover letter.
2. List out skills and qualifications you don’t directly have, but may still be able to do, because of your transferable