Those Interview Tips Will Get the Job

When preparing for your next job interview, you'll want to have answers to these common job interview questions.

Those Interview Tips Will Get the Job

Those Interview Tips Will Get the Job
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How long have you been at your current or former employment? You should be worried if there's a lot of job-hopping in your resume. Keep in mind that the best excellent performers often stay in their jobs at least 3 to 5 years. An excellent performer will always bring in new resources, implement course corrections and also learns how to survive and that's why such an individual is a gem to any prospective employer.

Keep in mind that if your company reflects former jobs with companies that moved, downsized, closed or were acquired then it's still job-hopping. You should always volunteer for any events with recruiters for better chances. You should boost your networking skills to include any events with recruiters who can get over the tenure issues because they understand your employment history. Networking is one of your best assets to get the next best job.


1. "What Is Your Greatest Weakness?" Best Answers (6 Proven Examples)

According to Nonexecdirector.co.uk who provide non executive director vacancies, if you respond confidently and impressively, it shows that you're prepared for the question. Also, it means you have done a lot of self-reflection and can accept constructive criticism and admit responsibility. You should always give an honest answer without prolonging it and rest assured that whatever weakness you might have you don't become less than a good candidate. Don't forget to mention that you're working on the weakness and say your methodology on how to fix it.

Here are other ways the interviewer might ask the "what are your weaknesses" question:

  • What is your weakness?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • What are your weakest areas?
  • What are your weakest skills?
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would your current boss say is your weakest area?
  • Tell me about a time you failed.
  • Describe a difficult work situation and what you did to overcome it.

Some of the variations allow you to answer with a display of strength. Don't waste the opportunity.


2. Mention A Situation Where You Didn't Get Along With A Superior

If you say that you have been fortunate enough not to work with someone you didn't get along with, then it's a wrong answer. Regardless of the type of job you have been doing in the past, you must have come across a situation where you have had to disagree with a superior. If you say you haven't then the interviewer might actually start questioning your integrity. Also, the interviewer might conclude that you're not seasoned enough or haven't found yourself in situations where you were forced to grow thick skin and handle confrontation. It's natural for people in any situation to have differing opinions. Therefore, the right way to answer the question would be saying that you presented your reasoning and listened to the other person's opinions openly.


3. Describe A Situation Where You Contributed To A Failed Project

If you can't discuss a mistake or failure, the interviewer might assume that you don't have enough experience to handle the job at hand. Keep in mind that the potential employer is not looking for perfection but is simply looking for a way to understand your level of responsibility, decision-making process and the ability to recover from a mistake.

Even better, they want to hear if you actually learned from the experience and can take responsibility for your responsibility. Your response should be that you think you got a valuable lesson from every mistake you have made and provide a brief story with a specific illustration. Conclude the story with a positive note about what you learned and improved your experience. 


4. What Are Your Strengths?

Here, you should describe two or three skills that are relevant to the type of job you're applying for. Don't use generalities and clichés but rather you should offer specific evidence. You should provide illustrations on how these skills can be used in the position you're applying for. 


5. How Can You Explain The Success You've Had At Your Job?

You should be as candid as possible without being arrogant. Mention any observations from other people about your strengths and talents.


6. What Do You Do In Your Leisure Time?

If you're applying for a senior position, they need to know about your qualities that will impact your leadership style. They need to know if you're happy, well-adjusted or a zealot. Discuss hobbies or interests such as cultural activities, clubs and favourite things you like reading. Don't mention religious or political activities that might conflict with the organization. 


7. Why Did You Leave Your Last Position?

Basically, the recruiter wants to know if you will fit in with the organization, especially if you're applying for a leadership position. The interviewer might be looking for a personality problem that will conflict with the organization. Be honest and straightforward because most likely they have researched more about you and lying will count negatively to your appointment. 

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