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Preparation Is The Key

The perception of interviews have largely changed. There is a paradigm shift on the recruitment process. Employers off late have realized shooting questions would be of least help. Instead, employers are now focusing more on accomplishments & psychological side of the individuals.

Although there is no one size fits all questions, still there are a few fundamentals which you can set right by being aware of the basics.

1) Why should I hire you?

Use specific examples to demonstrate what you can do for them and real life examples of what you have done in previous roles that could benefit you and your potential employer.

2) Give an example of a time when you showed initiative?

Think back to your time in your previous jobs and identify examples of when you took action and achieved a positive outcome from it.

3) What other companies are you interviewing with?

This is a tough one and can feel like a bit of a trick question. They probably already know that you will have been applying for other roles, so be honest and tell them that you are exploring other positions in the industry to find one that fits your skills.

4) What motivates you?

Let them know how you keep yourself productive at work. This is your opportunity to stand out, as you can discuss any extra curricular activities, work experience or hobbies that you have undertaken to get where you are in your career. These will prove that you are passionate about the industry and are driven to achieve your goals.

5) How do you manage your time and priorities tasks?

Employers want staff who are organized and can manage their workload effectively, so prove that you are capable of this and explain how you have successfully achieved this in the past, for example ‘to do’ lists, etc.

6)  Have you ever had a bad experience with an employer?

It’s important not to bad mouth an ex-employer or colleagues as you never know who your interviewer might know and it doesn’t reflect very positively on you. Instead, you should share how you resolve conflicts and approach issues at work.

7) Why do you think you will be successful in this job?

Ahead of your interview, make a list of your skills and then match them up with those asked for in the job description. You should then elaborate on the skills that will benefit you and your employer in the role and how you will use them to excel in the job.

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