How Do You Know About Us?

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When attending a job interview, chances are high that you will be asked how you know about the company or organization, a simple answer like ‘I heard you had some open positions from my friend’ is not enough of an answer to this question, by asking this question they want to know the way in which you go about your job search, and how thoroughly you have researched the company and position you are applying for.

Like all other interview questions, there is a hidden meaning, the hiring manager is always looking for subtle clues to help him understand how you would perform as an employee at their company. The question has two main meanings that the hiring manager wants an answer to, “How do you know about this company?” and “How do you know about this job opening?”.

The hiring manager wants to know if you directly targeted this specific company, and whether you are really interested in this specific job or if you are just in need of a job and will take anything you will get. Targeting one specific company shows the company that you want this job, and that you most likely have a reason, that you want to thrive, and you think that this specific company is the right place for you to do that.

The company wants you to thrive, and the hiring manager is constantly looking for talented people who will thrive because that is what earns the company their money.

Clearly say who referred you to the company, but not too much detail is required, if it was for example a good friend, state his name, and if relevant, where he works, this allows the interviewer to see which connections you have, which could affect whether you do or don’t land the job, the more connections you have with people high up in the industry, important people or major market players, the better. State clearly which aspects of the company you liked and made you consider the company as an option for you employment.

It is also important to say why you think that you are suited for this job, and why you are more qualified than others that may have applied for the same position. If you were referred to the company by a recruiter, it is most likely that the question won’t come up, but if it does, say which recruiter sent you to this company, it might be valuable information to the hiring manager. I have come to know that this is also one of the common Uber interview questions candidates get asked.

If you found out about the company or opening online or in a newspaper, clearly state where you saw it (which website or which newspaper) and on which date you saw it.

There are some things that you should avoid when answering this question. If you heard about the company from someone who is currently working at the company, do not elaborate on your relationship with said employee, or you might want to find another source from which you could have found the job opening, such as a newspaper ad, as your friend could be breaking company policy.

Some other things to avoid when getting asked the question are; don’t look surprised, always expect the question and prepare your answer accordingly, don’t be confused, hitting a wall and not being able to give an answer tells the interviewer a lot about the way that you might react to unfamiliar and pressuring situations when working at their company, if you don’t cope well, chances are they might not want you working for them, therefore it is important that you take the opportunity while answering this question to show off your skills and demonstrate that you are best suited for this job.

The way to go about preparing for this question is simple, just do your research, find out whatever you can about the company and position you are applying to, it is important to know the inside and out of the company. Important things to research about the company include the company’s managing philosophy, the main competitors, the main clients, mission, the type of people who work there, etcetera.

Another great way to research the company is to look into their annual reports, which are full of information about the company. Write down your research, divide the company into a few different subheadings that will better help you to understand the way they operate. Another useful piece of information to find out is what happened to the previous person at the job you are applying to, where did he/she go?

Why did they leave? Is it a new job title? It might be interesting to contact the previous person who held the job if possible, and get their opinion on the employer and the job in general. These are all thing that are good to know when going for the interview and things you can potentially ask the interviewer if there is no other way to find out.

Stand in front of the mirror and pretend you are talking to the hiring manager, ask yourself “How do you know about this company?” and try to answer as best as you can, after a few tries, you will be improving and will be able to answer the question given you did sufficient research on the company.

Your response should be clear and relatively short, not longer than three sentences, the interviewer is not looking for someone to waste their time, they want someone that will get things done, answer the question calmly, confidently and concisely, then move on to the next question, after all this is only one of the many questions that you will be asked in your interview.

When answering the question, show off your knowledge of the company. Another thing to do is stay enthusiastic, hiring managers are looking for people excited to do the job and willing to put their time and effort into it.

In conclusion, just like every other question, answering this question is not too difficult, you just need to know the hidden meaning of it and do is sufficient research on the company, practice answering the question a few times, be calm, clear, and confident and enthusiastic. As long as you stick to these simple principles, you should pass your job interview with flying colors.

How to Answer the Employment Gap Interview Question?

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Interviews typically begin with a review of your resumé. It is likely interviewers will inquire about the gap that exists between your employment experiences. Whether this gap is rather lengthy or very short, this question can certainly seem intimidating, and you will need to consider carefully how to respond. Furthermore, if you go into your interview without a plan for how to tackle this question, it is also very easy to botch. We have created a basic framework you may follow in order to formulate a stellar answer to this seemingly tricky inquisition regarding your employment gap. Review it carefully, and extract what you think is most pertinent to your situation in order to devise your plan.

In general, it is most wise to select one of these four rationales for why there exists a gap between your employment experiences: commute, money, development, or stability.

Commute

A very simple and easy way to address a question regarding your employment gap is to argue the commute was too long. Perhaps you tolerated it for a little while, but eventually, you decided it was in your best interests to search for work that wouldn’t demand excessive hours from you just to get there.

Beginning your interview with a fair, logical explanation as to why there exists a gap between your employment experiences can set the stage wonderfully for the rest of the interview.

Explaining that the commute was too long at your old job not only provides a sensible reason why you would want to leave, but also demonstrates that you value your time, and that you have standards for your employment. Moreover, it expresses that you are mindful, and are able to make changes when necessary.

Money

Another proper response to such a question is that you simply did not make enough money. Maybe you simply couldn’t continue to support your family while working that job. On the other hand, money you reflected and decided your expertise was worth more than what you were getting paid.

Either way, arguing that money is the reason why you left your last job is a very practical and clever strategy.

Firstly, in the case that your last job actually did not pay you enough to sustain your life and/or family, you offer a very justifiable, straightforward explanation that further demonstrates your ability to change when necessary. In the case that your previous job did not pay you enough for the quality of your work, you indirectly assert that your skills are very valuable. It is important to make this argument in a manner that is not arrogant, but if done correctly, you will also demonstrate that you are not willing to settle for less than what you deserve.

Development

In the instance neither the commute nor money were issues for you in your last employment endeavor, it is wise to argue that you wanted to develop more as a professional; that it was time to move onto bigger and better things. You can explain that your previous job worked well for you at that time, but your time there simply expired, and now you are looking to embark on a greater journey.

This is a very professional approach to a question regarding your employment gap. Even better, it is a very flexible answer, and can be adjusted to match your individual circumstance.

For instance, in the case you have only a month-long gap in your employment, you can argue you had been searching for better opportunities for a while before you left your last job, but didn’t want to leave until you were absolutely sure you had a plan in place. On the other hand, in the case you have a multiple-year gap, you can argue you were not willing to settle for an average job, and that you wanted to wait until you found the job that was most suitable for you.

Stability

Lastly, another fine example of an approach you can take is contending your last job was simply too unstable. You can either explain the company itself was unstable, and that you were uncertain about if you would still have a job in a few months, or that you were only hired part-time, and you needed a more secure schedule and income.

Finally, if you do not feel comfortable discussing the commute, pay, or lack of opportunities to develop in your last job, you can discuss the unstable nature. By explaining that the last company you worked for was unstable, you shift the focus from you to the company. It is very reasonable you would not want to work at a company that might be out of business within a few months.

Moreover, it is very impressive you could decide to search for something better for yourself! On the other hand, by explaining you were only afforded a part-time schedule, you also demonstrate that you are able to search for something better for yourself, and also, that you are now committed to this new job opportunity. Basically, if you were willing to leave your old job because you couldn’t get more hours, you’re probably very serious about working a reasonable amount of time. Interviewers won’t wish to hire those who maintain frivolous attitudes about their schedules. They want to hire those who will appreciate their time at work.

Interview questions regarding employment gaps can seem very intimidating. Moreover, they’re almost guaranteed to come up, especially considering nearly all interviews begin with a review of your resumé. When considered critically, your answer to this question has the potential to set you up for a completely smooth-sailing remainder of interview questions.

It is very possible to answer this question in such a way that will relay an abundance of other positive information about yourself, including how you are not willing to settle for what you deserve. This said, there is no reason to worry! As long as you have a plan beforehand, you will be able to answer this question appropriately, practically, and strategically, all while remaining calm and confident. Simply follow our framework provided, and select either your old lengthy commute, lack of adequate pay, lack of advancement opportunities, or instability in order to devise your plan.

Why Did You Leave Your Previous Employer?

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One of the dreaded (and inevitable) questions in a job interview is about past employers. It’s like dating – when your current squeeze starts asking about your past, you’d better have a good answer or its game over. It’s doubly scary for those with a checkered career. Let’s face it, you’re looking for a new job, which usually means you are unhappy with the current or last one. So how do you deal with questions about your past employers?

Why They Ask

Interviewers can learn a lot about you with this one question alone. It tells them what makes you stay in an organization and whether they can meet your expectations. While its their job to hire people, hiring managers usually want to do less of it, that is, they want to find people who will stay so that they don’t have to keep looking for people to fill a vacancy. At the same time, they are calculating if you are the right fit in their organization.
Aside from the foregoing reason, your answer to the question is a window to your past. Were you fired? Laid-off? How did you take the news? Did you go ballistic when you received the notice? Were you continuously passed over for promotion? By knowing the past, they get a glimpse of your future in their company too. Yes, they are being nosy, but they are nosy for a reason.

A Rule of Thumb

Each of us will have a different story to tell when this question is asked. Whatever story you tell, a good rule of thumb to remember is never disparage past employers. This question is not really about your past employers, but more about you. If you spew vitriol against them, it tells recruiters that you are unprofessional, bitter and hostile. It will also leave them wondering what you say about them to others.

If you do catch yourself being nasty about past employers, pause and reflect on what this tells you about yourself. You may not like what you see. It goes without saying that you should do this outside the interview room.

How to Answer the Question

Do you really want this job? If not, go ahead and unload on the interviewer. Tell him how you were passed over for promotion because your boss’ niece wanted the position, how your supervisor shot down every one of your suggestion you made because you refused to have dinner with him, and so on. Then step back and see how fast that gets you off the shortlist.

The lesson here is that you should always avoid being negative. It’s all about giving the story the right spin. For example, if your boss took credit for one of your joint projects, skip over the backstabbing part and instead tell the interviewer how you researched on a new design on short notice that was eventually selected by upper management. Highlight the initiative you took instead of the injustice that was done to you.

But what if your interviewer knew your boss and his love for the limelight (thus, always taking credit for his underlings’ work), should you admit it and tell him of other horror stories? As tempting as that sounds (you love a chance to gossip), don’t give in and join the bandwagon. What you can do is to give a knowing smile that speaks volumes of what you really want to say. But stay focused on your answer. It’s a small world, and if he is really as bad as you think he is, word gets around. Let him fall on his own sword. Instead, Take this opportunity to demonstrate your grace under pressure and independent style of working. He will get the hint and move on.

Possible Reasons for Leaving

Be that as it may, you will have to actually give a reason for leaving. If you have been job-hopping for a while now, interviewers will want to know why you flit about so much. The truth is, there are many reasons for leaving, but not all of them are acceptable in the eyes of interviewers. So when answering the question, focus on the positive reasons for moving over to the new one instead of staying with the old employer. Here are some of the more acceptable reasons:

1. Searching for more challenge – You have been with the company long enough that you have come to grips with your responsibilities. You are ready to take it to the next level so you moved to other companies that offered more complex challenges.
2. Looking for security – The economy forced your employers through several rounds of redundancy, and you do not want to work in a place with no stability anymore.
3. Seeking full-time employment – You were only covering for other employees then and worked part-time. You are ready to immerse yourself fully in the market.
4. Wanting more responsibility – You have been doing a good job and ready to move on. Unfortunately, the next probable position for you is filled and the person sitting in it is showing no signs of leaving.
5. Searching for ways to develop yourself – Your previous role was limited to a small portion of your dream job. You moved to learn more skills so that you can be ready for the job that you really want.

Your Final Word

Once you have set the reason for your departure, you should finish your narration by assuring the interviewers that you are ready to settle down. Point out the skills you have acquired along the way, and how they have shaped your career. Make sure they understand that this is not another way station for you, but perhaps, given the right conditions, is your final destination.

Interviews can be nerve wracking. The stress of making a good impression and the anxiety of waiting for a decision can get to you. A good way to maintain your equilibrium is to prepare, prepare, prepare. There is no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to interviews. Anticipate the questions and draft an answer.

Since prospective employers are wont to ask why you are leaving or left your previous employers, expect the question and ready an answer that will snag you the job that you want.

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What Questions Should You Ask The Job Interviewer?

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Welcome to a new episode of interview questions and answers. Today’s topic is what questions should you be asking the interviewer (also what not to ask)

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So once the interviewer has finished asking you all the questions they have, they like to ask if you have any questions. Everyone tells you that the interviewer likes if you ask questions (the right kind of questions that is) and that it shows you are keen and interested. However, sometimes this question can throw people off and either they don’t have any questions to ask or end up fumbling a question together that doesn’t need to be answered or has already been answered. Neither of these may look particularly good to an interviewer.

So, what kind of questions should you ask?

The questions should be combination of issues that are important to you and show an interest in the company and the job role. Often, most the immediate questions that you may have had could have already been answered during the course of the interview. It is also important to ask any questions you may have about the company as an interview works both ways – its for you to see if the company is right for you, as much as it is for them to see if you are right for the company.
Its a good idea to have some questions prepared before you go into the interview, perhaps ones you feel may not be included the main body of the interview.

There are some different types of questions you could ask. To begin with are some examples of questions regarding the role of the job. These are a good style of question to ask as it shows you are interested in the job role and have an interest in understanding more about the job itself. Some examples included:

• What would my day-to-day responsibilities be?

• Where does this job role fit in the team and company structure?

• Is this post a new or existing one?

Next, are some examples of what the company is like. As mentioned above, these questions are important so you can assess whether you feel the company is right for you:
• What does the company expect from its employees?

• How is the level of staff turnover in the company?

• What is the company culture like?

• What are the company’s plans for the future?

Asking questions about the company will not only help you learn more about the company but is also an opportunity to show how well you have researched the role – this will in turn demonstrate you are passionate about the job. However you want to make sure that you do not come across sounding like you do not know anything about the company. You don’t want to seem like you are asking “What does your company do?” as the interviewer may be inclined to believe you have not done your research about the company and therefore have no real interest in working for them.
You may also want to ask some questions about the expectations of the role. These questions could include:

• What are the expectations of someone who is hired for this position?• How do you evaluate the performance of this position?

Asking about the requirements of the job can be good information for you to know as well, so you know if you are fully prepared to start the job if you are hired or if you need to go through any training or courses. Asking about these requirements will look good to the interviewer as well as they can see you are interested in performing at your best.
It is recommended that you avoid questions regarding salary and benefits as it could come across that you are only interested the monetary benefits the company gives you, rather than a deeper insight into the role and what you can give to the company.

Whilst we are speaking of questions that should be avoided, you don’t want to ask anything that makes you sound as though you aren’t prepared to commit fully to the position. An example of this is asking about when you can take time off/holiday time.

By all means, if you have previous commitments and you have been offered the job then you can let the company know, however in the initial interview, unless asking specifically, its best not to bring up time off. You don’t want to seem like you want to take time off before you’ve even started!
The best question to leave for last – and an important one to remember – is “When can I expect to hear from you?”. This is a good question to finish with. It shows you are eagerly interested but also could stop you checking your emails, running for the mail and sitting by the phone desperately over the next few days waiting to hear from the company. Alternatively, you could ask “What is the next step in the process?”.

You may feel that this is a more appropriate question, especially if you know the interview process does have several steps. As mentioned above, this style of question shows you are interested in moving along in the process. However, you don’t want to ask “Did I get the job?” as this can come across as impatience and put interviewers on the spot and make them feel awkward. As a result of this, it can cause the interview to end of a sour note and this could potentially affect how the interviewers recalls the entire interviewer and your prospects of getting the position.

Now these questions may not always fit with what you want to know or be suitable after the course of the interview, however they can give you a good starting point for you to think of some specific questions you would like to ask in your interview. And of course, if there is a more specific question you think of during the interview, then you should of course ask it – provided it is appropriate!
So remember what you want to achieve when you ask your questions is:

• Making sure the interviewer has no doubt about you and feels confident that you are suitable for the position.

• Confirming your interest in the job and employer to the interviewer.

• Finding out more about the company itself so you can assess whether you feel the job and the company are right for you.

Here is a good video prepared by career expert Deniz Sasal;

 

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?

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How should you approach interview questions that inquire about where you see yourself in 5 years? What is the best way to capture and relay your future in a few short sentences? At first glance, this seems like a particularly vague question. Plus, there are so many different things that might happen within the next few years; how do you decide which things are important to include, and which you should exclude? A question like this can leave you a bit anxious and apprehensive as you find yourself attempting to quickly figure out how to make it seem like you have a firm grasp of where you’re going.

We understand how stressful and difficult it can be to organize your thoughts regarding this question on the spot. Because of this, we have provided you with a framework you can easily follow in order to communicate your most important visions of the future, and knock this question out of the park.

What Should You include?

If your interviewer asks you where you see yourself in 5 years, it is likely they simply want to know where you generally believe your life is headed. Don’t make it more complicated than it is. Of course, they likely want to know where you see yourself professionally in the next few years, and don’t care too much about your travel aspirations or relationship goals, but the question is straightforward. They want to know that you have put thought into your life direction, and that you are positive about your goals. In order to relay this information effectively, it is important to go into your interview with a plan. For your convenience, we have devised a general framework you can follow in order to create your plan. When answering this question, there are three key focuses: your commitment to this job, your enthusiasm for this job, and honesty.

Commitment

You want to weave the notion of your commitment to the company throughout your reply. You can say things along the lines of “I would enjoy eventually being a manager of this company,” or “I have really great ideas about how to expand the influence of this company.” Make it very clear you intend to work at this company for a significant period of time.

Remember; you’re being interviewed for a job, which is a commitment. Your interviewer is likely not searching for a candidate who explains they see themselves working for a different company in a few years. It is very important to shape your answer in a way that emphasizes your commitment to the company. Interviewers like to see genuine interest in the company, and also like to know they can rely on you being around in the case they do hire you. They do not wish to waste their time on somebody who will only be present for a few months before moving onto their real career path. This said, it is also important to genuinely be interested in the company. You shouldn’t have to fake your interests. Do you actually want to work for a company you find disinteresting? Evaluate why you are applying for this job in the first place, and then plan how you can naturally incorporate this notion of commitment into your answers. Yes, they can tell if you’re faking it. Here is an interesting video

Enthusiasm

Answer this question enthusiastically, and do not be afraid to express your excitement for potentially working for the company, or even for being asked to an interview. For instance, you can explain you have been preparing for this position for a great deal of time, and that you are excited to see what all you can accomplish for the company over the next 5 years.

Professionalism is very important, and it should be your primary focus, but it is very possible to express enthusiasm while still remaining professional. Interviewers will not remember the candidates who spoke in a monotone voice, or those who generally seemed indifferent to being rewarded the position. They will, however, remember those who spoke with passion and demonstrated genuine excitement for the company. The idea is that if you are already showing passion and enthusiasm that early on in your involvement with the company, you will be incredibly effective later on when you are actually working. Of course, you shouldn’t seem artificially enthusiastic, but as previously discussed, you shouldn’t have to merely fake your enthusiasm; you should at least be mildly enthusiastic about your new job opportunity with this company!

Honesty

You should be honest! You are not psychic, and you shouldn’t act like you know precisely how your life will play out. Because of this, it is okay to concede that you aren’t entirely sure where you will be in 5 years.

That being said, you should have a general idea of your direction, or at least a goal you’re working towards achieving, and you should mention these things. However, it is overall unwise to give a very detailed blueprint. Your interviewer simply wants to know you are committed to working for the company, and that you are positive about your future. They don’t want, or need, to know every detail about what you think will happen. They also might perceive you as generally unrealistic and/or unaware, and the company probably doesn’t want an unrealistic or unaware person working for them. It is certainly okay to not know what the future holds for you, and in fact, it can appear particularly insightful and bold if you explain that you aren’t totally sure about it. Just be honest!

Conclusion

Interviews provide wonderful opportunities to communicate why you are actually the most suitable candidate for the job. Because of this, it is important to understand how to best navigate them, and use them to your advantage. Review and follow this framework in order to create a plan for this seemingly intimidating question regarding your future.

Remember, when your interviewer asks where you see yourself in 5 years interview question,(refer to the linked article for more detailed resources) they really just want to know where you believe your life is headed, both at a personal and corporate level so try to strike a balance between the two [of course slightly leaning towards the corporate side]. Simply incorporate how committed you are to the company, your enthusiasm for the job, and relay it in a very honest manner.

 

How To Answer Job Interview Question ”Tell Me About Yourself”

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Welcome to a new episode of interview questions and answers. Today’s focus is “Tell Me About Yourself”. This is a big one. So, get ready!

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Hiring managers love to throw a question like this during job interviews. Sometimes, it’s the first question asked, after you’ve exchanged pleasantries or the manager explained the job opportunity or how the interview would progress, but it’s almost always near the beginning of the interview. It’s such an innocuous question that many candidates take it at face value and respond with a short monologue describing their personality and lifestyle choices. That’s a big mistake.

Why Ask This Question?

Do know that the manager is not just trying to get to know you better or looking for shared interests. He doesn’t care that you go to the same church, root for the same sports teams, or vote for the same party. The question is not intended as an icebreaker, to ease your anxiety before the real questions are asked. This is a real question. When it is asked, the interview has started and so you need to treat it as such.

Quite simply, hiring managers ask this question because they want to see how you answer. More than just what you say, they want to see the mental process you go through to develop the response. And, they want to understand what is important to you.

Don’t Respond Like This

Before I tell you how to nail this question, let’s be sure you understand how to not blow the interview because you weren’t prepared for this question.

  1. Don’t describe your lifestyle, personality, extracurricular activities or the other minutiae that comprises your daily existence. No one cares; this is business and your response should capture anything related to it.

 

  1. Don’t rattle on for more than a couple of minutes. That is more than enough time to say what should be said. Any more time is needless, and you risk boring the manager. Make clear statements and at all cost, do not belabor the point.

 

  1. Don’t recite your resume. The manager already has that information, and he’s trying to learn something new about you. The correct response may include highlights and accomplishments from your resume, but presented in the context of how they make you the best candidate for the job.

 

  1. Don’t answer this question with a question. Any version of “what would you like to know?” is a huge loser. The manager wants to see you think under pressure; he wants an honest answer that reveals what you believe is important in this situation.

 

Think Before You Speak

Even though the manager is trying to get an ad-libbed answer from you, and doesn’t want a canned response, you must prepare in advance to answer this question. So prepared that you can ad lib the answer when asked, not with a canned response, but with a compelling description of why your life experiences and career accomplishments make you the best candidate for the job.

Despite the wording, this question is not about you. It’s about the hiring manager – what he or she believes is important in the person hired for this job. You answer will be what the hiring manager wants to hear about you, not what you want to tell about yourself.

The first thing the manager will judge from your answer is how you react when asked to answer an open-ended, unstructured question under pressure. It says a lot about how you will react under pressure if they decide to hire you. If you blurt out the first thing that comes to mind to technically answer the question, it reveals that you probably won’t give thoughtful consideration to their clients’ concern if hired. If you stall by asking for more clarification when the question’s meaning is patently obvious, it reveals that you aren’t prepared, and that you probably won’t be prepared for their business. They do not want an employee trying to bluff their way around a client question.

Ideally, the manager sees you pause for a moment to consider the question before answering. When you do answer, he wants to see that your answer addresses what you’ve decided he wants to know about you – in order to accomplish your goal of getting hired. That is how he wants you to think through such questions from their clients – consider their perspective and answer in a way that furthers the company’s goals.

 

Now, Say This

You have researched the company and have a good idea of its culture, priorities, and value proposition. You’ve analyzed the job description to identify the most important qualifications, and how those qualifications come together to form the ideal candidate. And, you’ve mapped your skills, career experience, and accomplishments to those important qualifications so that you can formulate compelling arguments why you are the ideal candidate for each job requirement. Finally, you document “success stories” from your career and/or personal life that demonstrate how you’ve actually executed with those skills and experience to achieve objectives relevant to those required by this job. Now, you are prepared to answer this question in a natural, thoughtful way.

All that you can add at this point is any insights you’ve learned about the hiring manager or opportunity during the interview itself. Something you learn may allow you to tweak the answer you’ve prepared to be even more effective. If so, it should require no more than elevating or substituting one of your skills over the others and using a different success story. You have all of that in you preparation from mapping your skills to their qualifications. All you are doing in the interview is choosing which skills/success stories you’ve developed will be more important to the hiring manager, and relating those in order of importance to create a persuasive argument.

Confirm and Close

Don’t be afraid to ask, after answering the question, whether the hiring manager thinks someone like you would be a good employee choice. You want to confirm that you’ve addressed his concerns. Ask whether there is anything else he’d like to know about you. As the interview is winding down, look for an opportunity to restate your argument, and then ask a closing question – “I’m even more excited after this meeting to work for your company. Can you see any reason why I wouldn’t be a very strong candidate?” If you’ve done well, the hiring manager will probably give you a positive buying signal.

 

Can You Explain Why You Changed Career Paths?

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This isn’t a question everyone has to answer in a job interview, but if you’re interviewing for a job in a different career field from the one you’re currently in or worked in most recently, you can count on being asked this one. Like many interview questions, it can be tough if you’re unprepared, but with a little thought you can have a great answer ready to go when it’s asked. That’s the key to any tough question–have an answer ready BEFORE you go to the interview.

Why Do They Want to Know This?

As with any question, you want to keep in mind why the interviewer is asking you this one. Interviewers are trying to get information that helps them decide whether you’re a good fit for the job, so your answers should focus on showing them why you’re the right choice. In the case of this question, the interviewer probably wants to know that you won’t decide to change career paths again in a year and leave the company.
Generally, the less time you’ve spent in your old career, the more important this will be to the interviewer. If you’re looking for something new after a few decades of doing the same thing, you don’t look like the kind of person who’s going to jump ship in a hurry. If you chose a career and only stuck with it for six months, you have some work to do to convince an employer that you’ll stay around in your new field. Hiring new employees, training them and getting them ready to start is expensive, and employers don’t want to have to replace you soon after you’ve been hired, so they won’t want to bring you on board if they think you won’t stay long. Your answer should help avoid making them think that way.

Fine, But What Do I Tell Them?

So, with that in mind, what should you say? First, you should be thinking about the truth–why did you decide to change careers? You never want to flat-out lie to an interviewer, but aside from that, lots of reasons you might have for changing careers make for very good answers.

Did you start learning to write software in your free time, discover you loved it, and start applying for programming jobs?

You can honestly tell the interviewer, “I did some programming on my own and found it interesting and engaging, and that made me realize that this was what I really wanted to be doing full-time.” That’s a solid answer that shows the employer you’ll be engaged with the job and want to do it for more than just the paycheck, which is always a big plus.
Your situation might be less specific than that, and that’s fine too. Maybe your old job put you behind a desk staring silently at a computer screen all day and you’d really rather deal with people regularly. If your new career field will do that, it’s great to tell the interviewer that’s what you’re looking for. Companies looking to hire someone to deal with their customers will want to know that you like talking to people and are looking to do more of it.
Or maybe it’s the reverse–you’ve worked in retail and now you’re tired of constantly dealing with angry customers who just want to yell at you to make themselves feel better. If you’re now looking to move into a technical or engineering role, or something else where you’ll be expected to work more with things and systems than with people, it’s fine to tell the interviewer that you’re something of an introvert and your old career kept you away from the kinds of situations where you can be most successful. Just don’t tell them something like, “I hate people and I want to be locked up by myself all day and never speak to anyone.” Every job requires you to deal with people now and then, and no employer is going to want to hire you if you can’t tolerate that.
You might also have seen some downsides of your previous career that made you want to look for greener pastures. That’s fine, and you can tell an interviewer about it, but be careful not to sound like you’re whining or just looking for the worst in what you used to do. Again, this makes it sound like you won’t last long before you’ll be taking the same approach to your new career and looking for another change.

What Shouldn’t I Say?

Of course, there are some reasons to change careers that might not go over as well. If the only reason you’re switching is because you’ve heard you could make more money by working in a different field, that isn’t likely to impress an interviewer. If that’s all it takes to make you change jobs, then why should the employer believe you won’t switch again and ditch the company once you find something else that pays even more?

If that’s your situation, you really need to think of something positive about the new field you’re hoping to get into that your old career didn’t offer–something you honestly care about. You’ll have a hard time being convincing if you talk about something that really doesn’t matter to you, but you can avoid making it all about money if you can talk about something else you really do prefer about your new career path.
And don’t turn your answer into a joke. Humor can be great and it certainly has its place in the working world, but this is a serious question that deserves a serious answer.

A joke here tells the interviewer two things: one, you don’t care enough about the question to really think about it; and two, you didn’t think through the decision to change careers before you made the move. Remember what an interviewer is concerned about here? You don’t want to signal that making a drastic career change is something you did on a whim. That makes it sound like it’s likely to happen again.

The Bottom Line

This should give you some ideas. The real point is that you need to be honest about your reasons for wanting a change, and present them in a way that shows you’re serious about your new career and you’re going to be in it for the long haul. Take the time to craft an answer that does that, and you’ll knock this question out of the park.

How To Write A Resume Objective?

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Resumes… We all know what they are. They are those bittersweet job application components that can either make you stand out from the crowd, and land you that job you’ve always dreamt of having, or they can completely diminish your chances of achieving it. Because of this, it is very important to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by resumes, and write them correctly.

This particular article will focus on your resume objective. Yes, your ultimate objective with a resume is to be hired and land the job. However, your resume objective is slightly different. It encompasses more than just your desire to be hired.

What is a Resume Objective?

The resume objective is a brief, succinct summary of your career experience and your specific goals in relation to the company to which you are applying. In essence, it is yet another opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from the other candidates.

The resume objective is fairly controversial. Some individuals believe it generally appears unprofessional, as they contend it assumes the reader cannot gather your experiences and qualifications from simply reading the other components of the resume; it is unsolicited assistance. On the other hand, when done correctly, resume objectives can really communicate something that the basic components of a resume couldn’t otherwise relay by themselves.

Should I Include a Resume Objective on My Resume?

You must evaluative your situation to determine if it is wise for you to include a objective in your resume. If your resume is very straightforward, and includes an abundance of experience, perhaps a resume objective would only detract from your other important information. However, if you lack employment experience, are changing your field of work entirely, or are appealing to a very specific and unique audience, resume objectives can give you the extra boost you need.

This being said, you should only include a resume objective if you are confident it will be received kindly. This implies that it must be tailored very specifically for the job to which you are applying, and it must effectively embody everything you can offer the company.

How Do I Write an Excellent Resume Objective?

Writing a resume objective that is both brief, but effective, can be a tricky task. Fortunately, there are basic guidelines you can follow in order to ensure your resume objective is excellent. We have provided you with a short description of the things you should consider when approaching this task. The most important information you can include in your resume objective is how you will benefit the company. Following, it is also important to briefly describe your employment experience, and what additional value you offer.

Benefit to the Company

Your number one priority in writing a resume objective is to effectively communicate how you will benefit the company. You should not write about how the company will benefit you. It is very critical that you do not sound desperate, and you do not sound arrogant. Furthermore, it is important to be very specific about how you will benefit the company. It is unwise to list very generic traits that are both cliché and overused on resumes. For instance, you should say something along the lines of, “I will increase sales significantly, and improve the customer return rate by at least 5% in 1 year,” instead of, “I will be of great help. ”The former explicitly describes the benefits you can provide, and is very specific. This sort of specificity plants a seed of tangible expectation in the employer’s mind. Of course, it is important to be realistic. Do not make promises you cannot keep. You probably shouldn’t say you can earn the company a billion dollars in less than a day, unless you can.

Employment Experience

After you have ensured you have directly described the benefits you can provide the company, it is important to include your relevant employment experience. Do not include every job you have ever held. The employer will get to read the entirety of your employment experience in the other sections of the resume. Instead, select the single most significant and relevant job you’ve held, and tie it in strategically to your resume objective. It is most wise to link this employment experience to the benefits you can offer. For instance, you can mention something such as, “Experienced and professional sales director looking to increase this company’s sales by 5% within the first year.” This achieves both the goal explaining the specific benefits you offer the company, as well as the goal of providing brief insight into your employment history. More specifically, this statement implicitly depicts why that employment history makes you very qualified and suitable for the job. It would be very unwise to simply list your previous employment endeavors, as this would be repetitive, and would detract from the main purpose of the objective.

 

Additional Value

Finally, you should include the additional value you bring to the company. Again, this should not simply be an aimless list of your strengths. Rather, it should further strengthen the idea that you are unique, and will benefit the company greatly. Attempt to avoid generic, empty adjectives such as “leader” and “hard-worker.” Instead, opt to use action verbs that can better describe your abilities, and that are very specific to you and your skills. You may incorporate these verbs strategically throughout your resume objective. For example, you may say, “Experienced and professional sales director seeking to generate 5% additional sales for this company, and cultivate a work environment of passion around me.” This statement encompasses all three components of an excellent resume objective. First, it absolutely describes how you will benefit the company. Next, it refers to one of your previous relevant employment experiences. Lastly, it informs the reader that you will not only assist with sales, but you will generate them. Further, you will not merely participate in a passionate environment, you will cultivate one.

Overall, resume objectives are very strategic tools that when implemented correctly, can make all the difference, and truly make you stand out among the candidates. With this basic framework, writing your resume objective is made a simple, quick task that is certainly worth considering!

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