Despite all the hype and conflicting information surrounding the interview process, there are actually just four big questions employers typically focus on during job interviews.
If you answer these four questions well, your chances of acing the overall interview are much better.
Question #1—“Tell me about yourself.”
Most impressions are made within the first few minutes of meeting someone, so it's important to answer this initial interview question well. Over 50% of interviews begin with this question.
The interviewer is hiring you as a whole person, and not just your skill set, so they have a right to know something about you. Start with three to four sentences about your home, social, and recreational life, but try to keep your presentation to 60 seconds to less.
Question #2—“Can you do the job?”
This question may assume several forms, but they all boil down to the employer attempting to ascertain your basic qualifications. You're prepared to answer this question, since the employer just told you his or her exact requirements for the position. Describe your years of experience, share the number and types of projects you’ve worked on during the last 12 months, and explain your experiences working solo and as part of a team.
Walk the employer through your typical workday. Explain the amount of time that you spend in different areas and also describe the manner in which you receive your assignments. You can conclude by discussing your education and any industry certifications you hold.
Question #3—“What makes you the best candidate for the job?”
At this point, the interviewer will likely dig deeper in order to understand how you've applied your skill set to your previous positions. Now is not the time to be shy.
Explain the size and scope of your past work experiences. Talk about your willingness to travel or learn new technologies, advance your certifications, mentor other employees, or lead a team. Discuss recent training. This is your chance to really sell yourself, so be thorough, yet to the point.
Question #4—“Why do you want this job?”
Employers might ask what you like about your current position or what interests you the most about the new position. Rely on the company research you conducted before your interview. (You did conduct research about the company, right?)
Mention the accolades and accomplishments you’ve found on the company’s website and how you'd like to be part of such a team. Explain why you find the scope of the position interesting and how you can grow by undertaking it.
Focus on these four questions before any job interview and make sure that you’re prepared to not just answer them, but answer them well.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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