The workforce has become more demanding over the last ten years. While you embark on your search in the greater north, Toronto Canada, you will notice that some of the interviews seem like behavioral-aptitude tests. Start preparing yourself for every question that an interviewer might ask.
Have you ever felt as if you are being placed under a microscope during the moment of a job interview?
William J. Morin and James C. Cabrera wrote an article entitled ‘Parting Company: How to Survive the Loss of a Job and Find Another Successfully’, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (copyright by Drake Beam Morin), in which various suggestions are made for coping with challenging interview questions. Some of the following tips might be helpful for those who are entering or returning to the workforce. These tips have been summarized and explained within this article; by your Examiner Career Coach:
Question 1: What can you tell me about yourself?
This question is usually one of the first to be asked. Try to ‘keep it simple Sally’ as the saying goes. Be clear, concise and straight to the point. You don’t want to say too much at the very beginning. Open up the floor for further discussion.
Question 2: What do you know about our company?
It is always advised that you do some research beforehand. Do not profess to ‘know it all’, however, show that you have acquired some knowledge of the company (i.e. products, services, history, challenges encountered and history). Make a comparison such as, ‘having looked at various companies, I find yours to be the most intriguing because…). Try to fill in the blank with reasons why you would wish to work at this particular company.
Question 3: Why do you want to work for us?
Be honest. Mention the needs that currently exist within that company based on your research and exemplify how you would fulfill that need if you were to be hired. Speak about your previous experience having handled similar tasks. Show your willingness to solve the company’s potential problems and explain how you would perform those tasks. Probe for clarity. There is no harm in asking questions throughout the interview.
Question 4: What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
Make sure to ‘toot your horn’ at this point. Mention your strengths, qualifications, accomplishments, achievements, past careers and future goals or aspirations as it pertains to that particular field of work.
Here are some useful videos that display techniques to be utilized during the interview process –
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