Monday, March 25, 2013

Job Interview ANTICS: What HR Is Really Asking

Job interview secrets you don't know


OK, you’ve made it past the initial resume screening and now have a job interview. It could be in person or on the phone. (More and more interviews are on the phone now, and I’ve heard of Skype interviews also – better dress up for that one!)

The point of an interview is to explore two main things:

1. Do you really know what you’re doing, or “is that stuff on the resume real?”

There’s a lot of BS in some resumes and interviewers will ask pointed questions to determine if you actually have the skills and experience you claim to have.

Questions about this could be:

• Tell me about this accomplishment. How did you do it?
• Why did you decide to go into this field?
• How did you make the transition from this job to the next?
• What is your greatest strength?
• How do you manage people?
• Tell me about a project you managed/a plan you developed and implemented/a team you worked on/a goal you achieved.

Be prepared with stories about what you’ve done in the past, to illustrate a key message you want to deliver about the reasons you are successful, the skills you have and want to use again, the way you work with others, and the value you will bring to your next employer.

2. Will you be the “right fit” for our culture and can you really help us reach our company goals?

Interviewers want to know how you think, how you approach and solve problems, and your attitudes toward colleagues and customers – internal and external.

Job interview questions about this will focus on your behavior and attitudes, and attempt to discover your values and work ethic. Sample questions could be:

• Here’s a scenario or problem we face at this organization…how you would go about dealing with it.
• Tell me about your greatest challenge at work and how you addressed it successfully.
• How would you deal with someone on your team who isn’t pulling their weight?
• What failures have you had and how did you deal with them?
• Tell me what you would do in your first 90 days here and why.
• What do you like to do in your off-time and why?

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