One of the paralyzing issues for job seekers are interview questions. Applicants are often unsure how to answer questions, and are afraid of how to make their disadvantages an advantage. The questions that interviewers use have changed over the years; as has the way we attack them.
Question: “Tell me about yourself.”
All interview questions are designed to garner information about the applicant. In the case of “Tell me about yourself.”, this question is asking about your education and employment history. Your answer should be a 60 second snapshot of your history. Do not undercut yourself by talking about potential biases including religious activities, family life or political leanings.
Question: “Where do you see yourself in 3 – 5 years?”
This question often used to be, “Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?”. The question change came with the employment arena changed. Now that most people stay for an average maximum of four years with any organization, employers are interested in knowing your plans. A great way to answer this is by stating growth within the company (where possible). This shows your commitment to the opportunity.
Question: “What do you know about the company?”
It is important to do your research! Find out as much as you can about the company so that you have information to build on. An appropriate answer may look like, “I know that you have a mandated commitment to confidentiality. My understanding of confidentiality is, that personal identification information should never be shared or leave the building. Is this commiserate with your organization?”. Look into the company’s web site and see what is important to them, and what their mandate is.
Question: “What is your desired salary?”
If the salary range is not in the job description, check Working In Canada to see what your local salary norms are for your region. It is appropriate to state: “From my research the salary expectations should be between $28,000 and $45,000. With my experience and education, I would expect to land somewhere in the middle of this. I understand I will still need to learn about your environment.”
Answering interview questions is stressful. By performing research before the interview, you can position yourself well. Practice interview questions with a friend so that you have an answer ready. This will reduce your stress, and awkward pauses when trying to form an answer.