FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
We’ve put together some of the most commonly asked interview questions to help you get ready for your next job interview. Some questions may seem basic, but you would be surprised how many people get the basics wrong. Candidates who are super prepared and cover off every detail get the job.
Use these Q&As as a checklist to make sure you have every angle covered. If you can’t readily answer these questions, you might consider spending some more time getting ready for your job interview.
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
WHY SHOULD WE CHOOSE YOU OVER OTHER JOB CANDIDATES?
A good answer to this question can really help you sell yourself in a job interview. Try this sample answer:
You are looking for someone that can easily fit into the department and seamlessly take on the responsibilities left vacant by the past employee. I not only have the experiences necessary to succeed in the position, including working with X, Y, and Z, I also fit in well with your department’s vision and have the ability to work quickly and efficiently to keep projects up to task. Other candidates may have some impressive qualifications of their own, but no other candidate is going to fit in as effectively as I will
There is a lot of confidence in this answer, you rehashed some of your better qualities, and you stated specific reasons that make you a better candidate. You do not want to brag, but you certainly do not want to be humble, as you are trying to give the employer reasons to believe that you truly are the best candidate for the job.
There are 5 basic steps you need to follow to really get your job search off to a great start.
1. Clean Up Your Social Profile
Before you look up a single potential role in any job search process, you absolutely must clean up all your social assets. This is because it actually takes a while for Google and other search engines to recognise the changes you make. You need to make sure all those old photos of you getting drunk or those opinionated comments you made about current social issues are all removed asap.
2. Define What You Want
Once your social assets are cleaned up, you are ready to start searching for new roles. To develop a targeted job search strategy, make a list of the job titles you want and the companies you want to work for then use this information to develop a succinct elevator pitch for those all important networking event.
3. Update All Your Assets
To hit the ground running with your job search , you need to have all your key assets up to date. This includes your resume, portfolio, LinkedIn profile and personal landing page. You need to make sure your resume includes all the relevant keywords for your industry and make sure the formatting is not going to get rejected by the resume screening software.
4. Reach Out To Your Network
Your job search efficiency and your chances of finding the role you want increase dramatically when you begin to network effectively. Reach out to family and friends and ask for their advice, connect with people and organisations on LinkedIn and attend relevant industry events.
5. Set Aside Job Search Time
Set aside a few hours a week that you will devote to job search. Use this time to update your resume to suit each individual role you are applying for, fill out application forms and send out resumes and prepare for common job interview questions.