Recruiters and career experts have revealed the most important questions people are asked during job interviews, and how best to answer them to ensure you get the position.
Leading Australian recruiters, Steve Shepard, CEO of TwoPointZero, and Suzie McInerney, CEO of Six Degrees Executive, said it’s easy to be bombarded when asked about strengths, weaknesses and your skills.
But if you can answer with a clear head and good answers, you will almost certainly get the job.
Recruiters and career experts have revealed the top questions people are asked during job interviews, and how best to answer them to make sure you get the role (stock image)
1. Based on your understanding of this role, which of your skills do you think are most valuable to our organization?
A question about your skills is all about how well you understand the role in question and what the day-to-day requirements of your job will be.
Steve said the best way to answer this question is to link your skills to what the company or company does and its goals, along with practical examples.
“The more you understand the role and have researched the organization, taking into account the stakeholders, customers, business strategy, goals and objectives, the more you can talk about how you can contribute,” he said. Search.
This is one of those questions where it is vital that you have done your homework before entering the interrogation room.
2. What is your understanding of the role and why are you interested?
Another question you will likely be asked is what the role is and why are you interested in it.
Suzie said in this case that employers want to know how well you have interpreted what you will be doing on a daily basis – and which elements you will perform well.
Again, make sure to talk about how you add value to the business and what they do, she said.
When you speak, return all of your skills to the way they benefit the company you want to be a part of.
You should be able to answer questions such as the parts of your current role that you really love (stock image)
3. Which parts of your current position do you really enjoy?
While this may seem like a trick question, Suzie said it is designed to show what is “ most important to you and how and why you get satisfaction from different aspects of your career. ”
“Good answers are less about tasks and more about showing your passion, what you are most proud of and how you have made an impact in your current role,” she explains.
4. Which parts of your current position are frustrating you?
On the other hand, it’s always a good idea to be willing to discuss elements of what you’re doing that frustrates and annoys you.
Steve recommends being honest here, but putting your response in a “ positive light ” so you can talk about how you’re dealing with your frustration.
“Also remember to think about the job description – for example, you don’t want to say that you find dealing with difficult customers frustrating when the role is customer-centric,” he said.
Try not to let your frustrations sound too “ranting” in their tone.
5. Give me an example of a time when you made a mistake or didn’t live up to expectations, what happened? What did you learn?
This question can be scary to answer because you don’t want to admit you made a mistake, but you also don’t want to be caught thinking that you are perfect.
“The key here is to focus on the consequences of your mistakes,” Steve said.
If you provide an example of a past mistake, outline the circumstances as well as your decision-making process and how you proceeded after the mistake.
He added that most companies just want to see that you’ve learned from a mistake, so acknowledge how you’ve progressed.
6. What is the only professional and / or technical skill you would most like to develop?
Having a sense of self-improvement is essential to any position, and when they ask you, employers want to know if you’re up for self-development.
Steve recommends that you answer by giving the skill you want to develop and the reason why, such as ‘I want to improve my Photoshop skills to increase my marketing skills’.
7. Talk to us about your professional and technical skills
Finally, employers ask about your professional and technical skills because they want to know both what you can do and what your communication and leadership skills are like.
“Authentic answers work best – this isn’t a laundry list of common properties,” Suzie said.
Likewise, you must substantiate each trait with real-life examples of what your skills look like when in action.
Before entering the interview, think about this question and how you will answer it.
Career expert and LinkedIn specialist Sue Ellson (pictured) previously shared her tips to help you make yourself as employable as possible after COVID-19
Career expert and LinkedIn specialist Sue Ellson previously shared her tips for making you as employable as possible after COVID-19.
What is the best thing to include in your resume?
List all forms of education – high school, tertiary studies, online courses, degrees, certificates, apprenticeships
Display relevant training, institution and year of completion for each course completed
Include all past job titles, duties involved and expertise
Change your resume for each job and relate your responsibilities and experiences to the advertised position
Share your important achievements well
Write a brief summary explaining the career goals and value to the organization
Clearly emphasize core skills by using bullets
First, list the most recent and relevant position to show skills and knowledge
List your interests and hobbies
Provide a good summary to demonstrate the experience
“If you are considering returning to your old position after COVID-19 or starting a new position elsewhere, you have to think in terms of the best value you can offer your employer,” Sue told FEMAIL.
She said employees should add value to the employer by having the necessary skills, a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to learn.
One of the ways you can do this is by participating in online courses, such as those offered by TAFE.
The courses, which can cost as much as $ 1,570 for 12 weeks of study, provide practical skills and experiences in a range of industries, including administration, business, and computer science.
You can also use this time during the pandemic to update your resume and make sure you get the best out of it.
Sue said you should be sure to include your previous jobs, experiences, skills, achievements, volunteering (if applicable), interests, and how the employer can contact you.
“The performance should describe your value in terms that the employer understands, so when you change careers, you should focus on your transferable skills and document your other skills,” Sue said.
You should also take the time to write the perfect cover letter for that particular job and update your LinkedIn profile so that it is relevant to your experience.
A good cover letter should primarily outline and summarize your resume and state why you are best suited for the position available.
Finally, you should also use online platforms, including LinkedIn, which are a great way to develop connections and network with other people.
“Now is a great time to track down past colleagues and managers and request an online recommendation through LinkedIn,” said Sue.
“And don’t be afraid to reach out to members of a trade association dealing with where you’d like to work and see if you can volunteer in some way.”
Sue said she was ‘realistic’ about how much time is spent each day on career development tasks, as it will take time to get used to the new ‘rhythm’ of home isolation.
“I usually suggest two hours a day, five days a week is more than enough to keep you in the running for great opportunities,” she said.