Interview Q: Describe Yourself in One Word

Interview Q: Describe Yourself in One Word

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Going into an interview, you can anticipate the purpose of most questions being asked. They are trying to discover if you will be a good fit for the position. They also want to know if you're a hard worker and a good fit with company culture. However, some questions simply want to discover what kind of person you are. When you are asked to describe yourself in one word, this is what they are trying to uncover. We'll explain how you should frame your answer after the break. (more…)
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Interview Q: What Do People Criticize About You?

Interview Q: What Do People Criticize About You?

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Criticism can be  hard to deal with. No matter how constructive it is intended to be, it can be hurtful. However, sometimes there is merit to that criticism, especially in a work environment. Nobody is perfect, and we all have room for improvement in certain areas. This question is used to determine if you understand that everyone has room for improvement.  (more…)
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7 Interview Monsters You Don’t Want to Be

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Working in recruiting, we see many interviews in just one day. Seeing so many candidates come and go gives us a great idea of what to do and what NOT to do in an interview. Overtime, we've noticed that most bad interviews follow similar patterns. We've narrowed it down to the 7 monsters bad candidates become during interviews. Read on to make sure you don't turn in to one of these interview monsters when you sit to chat with a potential employer. (more…)
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Interview Q: Why Are You Making a Career Change?

Interview Q: Why Are You Making a Career Change?

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If you've been in the work force long enough to grow a network, you've probably noticed something. As you talk to more professionals, it seems that most people no longer work in the industry where their career began. This is something that can occur for a few different reasons. For some workers, they simply receive a better offer in a different industry. Others grow tired of the same type of work and want to branch out. Or perhaps they discover a passion they never previously knew existed. No matter the case, it's not uncommon to switch careers. However, it can be interesting to address this in an interview. We'll discuss how to address your career change in an interview. (more…)
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Interview Q: Do You Prefer Working Alone or on a Team?

Interview Q: Do You Prefer Working Alone or on a Team?

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We all work in incredibly different ways. Some people have sticky notes posted everywhere around their desk. Others have a to-do list that they proudly check off each day. This also applies to whether you prefer to work alone or as a team member. This is something that can affect your job performance, so some companies will ask applicants during their interview process about it. It's a question that can catch you off guard, especially if you fall into the 'easy answer' trap. We'll talk about avoiding this misstep below. (more…)
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Interview Q: How Long Will It Take You to Make a Contribution?

Interview Q: How Long Will It Take You to Make a Contribution?

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If you work in business, or almost any other profession, you've likely heard of ROI. Many companies depend on measuring it internally to determine success. It can also be used in terms of whether a new hire was successful. Companies want to know how long after hiring someone can they expect to see a return on investment. Signing a salaried contract is no small decision, and companies want to judge how long it will take for you to make a change. This is why the ask: "How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?" We'll discuss giving a proper answer. (more…)
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Interview Q: When Have You Faced Conflict at Work?

Interview Q: When Have You Faced Conflict at Work?

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'When is a time you've faced conflict at work?'. There are a variety of forms in which this question will be asked. You may be asked to discuss a specific incident in your work history, or respond to a rhetorical question. What the interviewer is really trying to figure out is whether or not you deal with conflict well. It's important to approach this question with a specific mindset, like most interview questions.  (more…)
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