Archive for October 2017

October Interview Tips

Talk through your answers For technical positions or jobs that require critical-thinking skills, sometimes questions are to find out how you think, not just about getting a certain answer. If you’re asked about how long the average sale should take, or how many contacts you need to make a conversion, don’t sit in silence while you calculate an answer. Talk about why you think it would take you a month to convert a major client, or your experiences taking clients through a sales cycle. The last thing you’ll want to do is sit in silence for an awkwardly long time before giving a random number. Walk them through your process, how you approach a problem, and how you arrive at solutions and you’ll leave a much bigger impression on the interviewer.

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October Interview Tips

Communicate about your schedule Interviewing can be a challenge if you’re currently employed. Most companies will want you to do an hour interview in the middle of the day, and that can be challenging if you’re already working 9-5. Be open and honest with your interviewer about your schedule. If you can take a half day on Wednesday to do a face-to-face meeting, but they suggest Thursday, don’t be afraid to ask to reschedule. Some potential employers will even sit down with you before or after hours to better align with your agenda. They understand that getting away in the middle of the day can be challenging, so don’t rush through an interview or jeopardize your current position by trying to please all parties.

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October Interview Tips

Stay positive If you’re currently employed, you’ll be asked why you want to leave your current position for a new one. The answer should always be centered around the new opportunity, not focused on why you hate your current job. An interview isn’t the time to disparage a company, a boss, a problematic client, or even a city if you’re relocating. Focus on the positives of what’s in front of you, not the problems you want to leave behind. This will make the employer see why you want to be a part of your team, and that’s much more appealing than just knowing why you want to leave your current one.

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October Interview Tips

Don’t try to be perfect During an interview you’re likely to be asked about your biggest weakness, or to tell the interviewer about a time when you failed. You should have honest, real-world examples of these situations ready to go if the question arises. What you don’t want to do is say you have no flaws, or that you’ve never failed. This makes you seem either arrogant, or unable to accept responsibility for your part in setbacks. A potential employer will want to know how you respond to adversity, and trying to convince them that you’ve never faced adversity will not make you seem like the perfect candidate, it will make you seem unprepared for the curveballs that can come in a business setting.

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