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What were your expectations for the job?
In many cases, interviewers will want to know
what you expected from your last job when you were
hired, so be prepared to answer the interview question:
"What were your expectations for the job and to
what extent were they met?"
There isn t a right or wrong answer to this question.
The best way to respond is to discuss what you
expected when you took the job and give examples
of how the position worked out for you. If the job
wasn t exactly what you expected, it s fine to mention
that. However, you should focus on the job itself,
not the company, your boss, or your co-workers (if
they were a problem).
Do be careful how you answer and don t focus too
much on the negative. Instead, address the highlights
of the job.
When responding, be specific. Prepare some exam-
ples to share with the interviewer in advance. For
example, if your job involved creating web applications,
discuss the specific programs you developed and the
responsibilities you were given. If you were provided
training and opportunities for professional develop-
ment to help you achieve your goals, mention that,
What were your starting and final levels
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment
to be able to provide the details of their compensation
history. Be prepared to tell the interviewer how much
you earned at each of your prior positions.
Make sure that what you tell the interviewer match-
es what you listed on your job application. Refresh
your memory prior to the interview by reviewing
your salary history, so, you can speak in detail and
accurately. Don t exaggerate or inflate your earnings.
Many employers will check references and confirm
your salary history prior to making a job offer. A dis-
crepancy between what you reported and what the
employer says could knock you out of contention
for the job.
The best way to prepare is to download a sample
job application ahead of time. Complete the sample
application and review it prior to the interview.
When you are asked questions related to your cur-
rent or previous positions, it s important to be specific
and to be positive about what you did in your previous
The best way to respond is to describe your respon-
sibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you
are interviewing for. Try to tie your responsibilities
in with those listed in the job description for the
new position. That way, the employer will see that
you have the qualifications necessary to do the job.
Focus most on your responsibilities that are directly
related to the new job s requirements.
It s also important to be honest. Don t embellish
your job, because you don t know who the hiring
manager will be checking with when they check your
How Did You Handle Challenges
When asked the job interview question "How did
you handle a challenge?" be sure to include specific
examples of how you handled a particular difficult
situation. Discuss how you researched the issue and
contributed to finding a solution. Examples of good
During a difficult financial period, I was able to
satisfactorily negotiate repayment schedules with
When the software development of our new prod-
uct stalled, I coordinated the team which managed
to get the schedule back on track. We were able to
successfully troubleshoot the issues and solve the
problems, within a very short period of time.
A long-term client was about to take their business
to a competitor. I met with the customer
and was able to change how we handled
the account on a day-to-day basis, in order
to keep the business.
What Did You Like or Dislike
About Your Previous Job?
When you re asked what don t like about
your previous job, don t be too negative.
The reason is that you don t want the inter-
viewer to think that you ll speak negatively
about the new job or the company when
you re ready to move on, if you get this job.
Rather, it makes sense to talk about yourself
and what you re looking for in a new role.
I enjoyed the people I worked with. It
was a friendly and fun atmosphere and I
actually enjoyed going into work each morn-
ing. I felt the leadership team was great as
well. They knew all of their employees on
a first name basis and tried to make those
personal connections. I also enjoyed that
fact that the office tried to do community
outreach with local organisations.
One of the reasons I am leaving is that
I felt I was not challenged enough at the
job.As a fresh face in the working world, the
company offers a great opportunity for a
good entry level position; however, after
being there for so many years, I felt I was
not able to reach my full potential because
of the lack of challenge and there was no
room for advancement in the company.
While I did enjoy working there and appre-
ciate the skills I developed while with the
company, I feel my skill set can be better
utilised elsewhere, where my capabilities
are more recognise and there is the oppor-
tunity for growth.
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