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If you are seeking personal and professional development in a challenging dynamic environment please send your resume
to Human Resources Department P.O. Box 25 San Fernando.
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Smart answers to common interview questions
The number of questions that can be asked by
Human Resources or the hiring manager is limit-
less. Here are some of the most popular questions
and my thoughts on how to answer them.
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
One of the most common questions in an interview
is "Tell me about yourself." Actually, it is not even
a question---it is an invitation. It is an opportunity
to share with the interviewer whatever you think is
important in their hiring decision.
More importantly, it is your chance to differentiate
yourself from other candidates. In most cases, the
standard questions offer the same opportunity.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
Employers don't necessarily care to hear that you
expect to climb the corporate ladder and be a su-
pervisor. If the job you're interviewing for is not a
supervisor, they probably aren't concerned about
your management skills. You can share how you've
been a mentor to others and led projects with little
to no supervision. That should indicate you have
Focus on them: In five years, you should have made
a significant impact to the company's bottom line.
Think about how you can achieve this in the role you're
interviewing for. In technology careers, advancing
your skills is important, too. You should be able to
share what areas you want to strengthen in the near
term (but be careful that they are not areas of expertise
that the company needs now).
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
This is a differentiation question. What you want
to tell them is: they'd be crazy not to hire you.
Focus on them: You need to only share how you
meet almost all the criteria they seek, and also have
two to three additional abilities that they might not
even know they need...yet. They need to know you
are a candidate who can not only meet their needs
now, but will also be valuable for where they want
to go in the future.
Are they likely to need another skill set as they
grow as a company? Or maybe you have skills that
you noticed are in another job description they are
looking to fill? You can help out with those deliver-
ables until they find someone (or be a backup to the
person they hire).
Have you been down a path already that they are
currently starting? Having "lessons learned" to offer
them is a very strong plus for a job candidate.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE?
The answer to this question has two aspects: the
content and the delivery.
Focus on them:
Content---Employers want to know you feel you can fit in
at the company quickly. That means not only deliverables
in the job description, but also your fit with the compa-
ny culture. You will likely have to do some homework to
answer this one. You need to understand the reasons why
others enjoy working there. Is it a great place to advance
your skills, have great challenges to add to your resume,
or will it allow you to grow as a professional?
Delivery---The delivery must be genuine. If a hiring
manager feels you're just "telling them want they
want to hear," but don't mean it...well, the interview
is over in their mind. They want to know this is not
just a job and paycheck. They want to hear this is what
you want to do and the best place to do it.
WHEN CAN YOU START?
Be careful about this question for a few reasons:
It doesn't mean that you "got the job." They may be
just checking to add that to their notes. You must keep
your guard up until you are in your car and driving
away from the interview.
If you are currently employed, you should be hon-
est about the start date and show professionalism.
You should tell them you would have to discuss a
transition with your current company to see if they
require a two-week notice (or some other timing). If
you currently have a critical role, your potential new
employer would expect a transition period.
If you can start right away (and they know
you are not currently employed), you cer-
tainly can say you're able to start tomorrow.
HOW DID YOU FIND THIS JOB?
You may have found the opportunity
through research on ideal jobs where you
can make the most impact and hope to grow
professionally. I would also hope you looked
for companies that you feel meet your
standards for corporate culture, investment
in employees, successful business model (or
perhaps giving back to community), and any
other aspects you feel are important to you.
Make sure you can go into a little detail on
what you found in your research.
The "job" may have found you. In that
case, you can say you were contacted by HR
or a recruiter who felt you were a good fit.
WHY WERE YOU FIRED?
This is another danger zone. This is not
the time for defending yourself with a long
story about you being the victim.
If you made a mistake, you are going to
have to try to minimize the severity of the
situation. An argument with a boss could
be described as a difference in opinion. Not
following orders because your moral com-
pass told you not to could be described as
"taking the high road."
Just be careful not to cast blame on oth-
ers. Consider including a "silver lining." Did
you learn a lot from the experience and now
possess knowledge that will mitigate the
chances of this happening again?
Laid off is not fired: If you were part of
a layoff, this is different from being fired.
It was likely a financial decision and you
were part of a group that was targeted as
part of budget cuts. Layoffs are typically
not personal---they are just business. Hir-
ing managers know this (and likely have been
involved in one at some point in their career).
Even the "boring, standard questions"
can have unique and useful answers. You
should think hard about how you can dif-
ferentiate yourself from others every step
of the way during the interview.
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