Prepare The Answers To These Common Job Interview Questions

Prepare The Answers To These Common Job Interview Questions

 

Some questions are always asked

You have a job interview coming up. Great! Unless you’re a seasoned pro with extensive interview experience behind you, you are probably wondering what sorts of questions they will ask. They will certainly ask questions specific to your field and your experiences but there will also probably be a host of more generic questions.

 

Here are a few of those and a few hints for how to go about answering them.

 

Tell me a little about yourself

You could tell them about your love of movies and all things Godzilla, but that won’t get you any closer to the job you’re after. You also don’t want to regurgitate what they’ve already seen on your resume. Essentially you want to give them a snapshot of how you are going to be an amazing fit for their organization as a whole and this job in particular. Biginterview.com suggests summarizing your answer with three main points: Who you are. A quick overview of your expertise. Why you want the position.

 

What are your strengths/weaknesses?

Highlight your positives here with tangible examples to back up what you’re saying and discuss how you recognize a weakness and the steps you are taking to improve. Don’t use negatives words about yourself during the interview. You can talk about a skill you need to improve or learn, but never disparage yourself.

 

Why do you want to work here?

Homework, homework, homework. If you don’t have a good answer for this, then you probably don’t deserve the job. Research the company extensively before your interview. Check them out on all social media channels, and wow them with your enthusiasm.

 

What are your salary expectations?

The worst answer here is something along the lines of I’m not sure. What do you think? Or I’m sure whatever you decide will be alright. Once again you need to do some research before hand. Google what people with your experience make in a job like this and come up with a Goldilocks number. Not too high to knock yourself out of the ballpark and not too low to seem unworthy. The Balance Careers has a few tips for answering the salary expectations question.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If in fact you would like to be working as a surfing instructor in Hawaii in five years it’s best you keep that information to yourself. What the interviewer is looking for here, is an indication of your ambitions. Once again, a little research will take you a long way. Figure out where others who have started in the position you are applying for have gone and within what time frame. Of course, you will tell them about how you first plan on mastering everything there is to know in this current position. Focus on your short term goals in this new job then move on to long term goals.

 

For more ideas, check out this guide to common interview questions and best answers from Zety.

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Do You Think Your Thinking is Boxed In?

Do You Think Your Thinking is Boxed In?

You often hear the saying, “think outside the box.” This is what you will want to do when something isn’t going the way you want. Or when you just want to experience something different in your life. But how to you actually ‘think outside the box’?

First off, you need to understand that thinking outside the box requires you to take risks and approach problems with new and innovative ideas. Here are five ways to do something other than what everyone else is doing.

Talk to people outside of your industry

Chat with people who completely have nothing to do with the industry or line of work you are in/want to get in to. For example, if you’re an engineer, talk to someone in the music business. Those people might not be able to help you directly with engineering, but they also go through struggles and find ways to overcome it. Don’t trap yourself in the engineering bubble. New ideas from new people can set that light bulb off in your head.

Copy successful people

Copying people you look up to or have been down the same career path that you desire can really help you think outside the box. Learn about how people in the past have dealt with struggles and found ways to overcome it. Motivational books can also help. The best things about these books are that you get to read about the people who did things differently and how they were able to achieve success in their careers by not doing the same thing as everyone else.

Take a class

Who cares if you’ve already graduated? You can always sign up for part-time classes or take one full-time class and work on the side. Classes will help you learn something different and push new ideas into your brain. Plus, you also get to meet new people who can help you with your career or future goals!

Do some yoga

Mind, body and soul. Not to get too philosophical but you need to sometimes get in touch with your inner self, forget all the other things around you, and focus. Focus on a fresh new start.

Never say never

Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean YOU can’t be the first to do it. It also doesn’t mean this thing you’re thinking of doing is the wrong way to do it. The whole point of thinking outside the box is to outsmart everyone and come up with something new and creative!

Face Your Fears – Everyday

Face Your Fears - Everyday

You always hear people say, “Don’t be afraid.”  Everyone thinks it’s so important to be fearless. Fear gets a pretty bad rap, but the thing is, fear is an important part of the human condition. Fear usually keeps us away from things that might hurt or harm us. Fear is just a reflex that’s trying to keep us safe. Staying safe is good, that kind of fear is good. Then there’s the fear that overcomes you or controls you. That kind of fear – not so good. This quote from Eleanor Roosevelt doesn’t say that you can’t be afraid. Rather it says you have to conquer your fears, everyday.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt may be one of the most famous First Ladies. She was the longest serving First Lady and was responsible for shaping the role. Her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first First Lady to hold press conferences or write a syndicated newspaper column.

Something That Scares You

Could you imagine being the First Lady and writing a newspaper column that you knew would be critiqued? Or having to speak on the president’s behalf to reporters and journalists? There’s no doubt that Mrs. Roosevelt was afraid of taking on such a role. But she knew she had to so she overcame her fears.

 

Fear can keep us safe, but sometimes being safe isn’t what we need. Sometimes we need to take risks. Our risky actions may not work out how we hope, but if they do, they will propel us to new heights. Fear can keep us in our comfort zones, if we let it, but it’s outside of our comfort zones that great things can happen. Being afraid is okay, as long as we don’t let it control us.

Plan To Make Every Week A Productive Week

Plan To Make Every Week A Week Of Accoplishments

 

You look out at the week ahead, an expanse of unfilled time, and imagine all the things you are going to accomplish. Then the week ends and you look back on a pile of things that for one reason or another didn’t get to the finish line. Day after day, week after week you just can’t seem to match your intentions with your accomplishments.

 

The problem is, without taking concrete steps to implement them, plans in your head are too vague to consistently see the light of day. In order to be successful a plan in your head needs to be concretized, somewhere you can actually see it written down every day. That starts with a bit of pre-planning.

 

Plan monthly accomplishments

In the process of working towards weekly goals, it helps to step back and look at the bigger picture. What are your goals for the entire month ahead? Write them down. Now put them in a priority list. Some people like to use planners, some have a white board by their desk, some have stickies on their computer (virtual or actual). The point is they need to stare back at you every day to keep you accountable.

 

Break down each goal

Now that you have your prioritized list of what you are going to accomplish, create an action plan for each one. This is where you get specific. By taking the time to really think this through you are already setting your mind into accomplishment mode.

 

Create a weekly schedule  

Take your action plan for each goal and break it down into a weekly do-to list for the month. This is where plans meet action. It’s overwhelming to think about a large overall goal. It’s much easier when you look at it in digestible weekly bites.

 

Make a daily plan

Productivity is all about specificity. At the beginning of the week set daily timelines for each thing on that week’s plan. That makes it simple. It’s 10:00 time to do X.

 

Adjust your plan accordingly

At the end of the week review your performance. If there’s anything that you didn’t manage to finish reschedule it into the to-do list for the following week. Planning out the week in advance and reviewing your progress is what will keep you on task and productive. In this way you’ll be able to make productivity a habit!

Interview Must Dos For Success

Five Essentials For A Successful Interview

 

Whether you are a seasoned interviewee or you are heading into your very first one there are certain things you must do to ensure a successful interview.

 

Research the company

You spend a lot of time working on yourself in order to get the interview. You ensure you have the qualifications necessary to peruse the career you’re after. You network, you volunteer. You prepare a resume and cover letter specifically geared to this job. You are very self centered – as you must be. Now it’s time to look outward. Once you have an interview lined up your first priority is to get to know the company. Of course you will check out their website, but don’t stop there. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Get a feel for their company culture, their attitude. If come across any news, bring it up in the interview. Make sure the interviewer understands you are not just looking for a job, you are looking for a job with them.

 

Decide where you would like to fit

You have done a lot of research into this company. Is the position you’re applying for where you want to stay or is it a starting point? Have a plan for your future with this company and be ready to explain it. Ensure the interviewer understands why you are a great fit for the job at hand and explain how you can be an asset to the company down the road. Create a future picture for the company in their mind with you in it.

 

Prepare answers to common interview questions

There are questions common to just about every interview. Tell me about yourself, What are your greatest strengths etc. Here are some from Inc. Here are some more from Workopolis. Review these questions and have well thought out, professional answers.

 

One of the questions they will ask you is, Do you have any questions for us?

 

No I think you’ve covered everything during the interview is the wrong answer.  Demonstrate how excited you are about the position with the right questions. To help you figure out what those might be, check out these examples from Big Interview.

 

Don’t forget what your body is saying

You’ve prepared what’s going to come out of your mouth. Now don’t forget the reams of things you will say silently. If your mouth says one thing and your body says another, chances are the interviewer will go with the things unsaid with words.

 

Even if you are a walking nerve, your body language doesn’t have to be any indication of that. All you need to remember is to keep eye contact, sit up straight, smile, breathe (always breathe) and listen to what the interviewer is saying. Meaning don’t spend all your time thinking ahead to what you are going to say next. Really listen to the interviewer, nod, lean in a little.

 

Follow up

The interview is not over until you have sent a thank you note. Thank them again for the interview, quickly bring up a point of discussion you had and reiterate your interest in the position. Here are a few examples from the balance careers

There Is More Out There – Strive To Bring it In Here

There Is More Out There - Strive To Bring it In Here

Changes to the world, big and small

You see it all the time in movies. The main character believes they are destined for great things. They are positive that there is more to their life than just going to school or getting through the day to day of their job. Sitting in the audience, we know this too. Our hero will invariably end up saving the world.

This kind of story is popular and enduring because is resonates so deeply with the way most of us feel. We too have something unique to contribute to society at large. Although most of us won’t save the world, each of us has the opportunity to do things to change one small part. To redefine our surroundings. To make the experience of life a little better for ourselves and/or others.  Inspirational writer and motivational speaker Alan Cohen tells you, if you sense there is more out there, you are right. There is.

Varying degrees of more out there

Depending on your circumstances more out there may be as big as reaching for the top job in the company or as modest as department leader. How much more is not relevant. What is relevant is deciding to pay attention to the inner voice encouraging you on and then striving for it – whatever that is.

Remember who is writing your story

As the main character of your life story, you have to remember, you are both the protagonist and the writer. Having a feeling you could do/be more or hearing a voice inside your head telling you as much will do nothing to move you forward without follow through. This story of yours isn’t going to write itself. So pick up your pen and strive for it!