Last Friday we continued to talk about Interview Questions, and here is the 3rd and final part about Interview Coaching . This article is the 12th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The other articles can be found here in our articles section.
Coaching so far
This is the final post in the series on how to answer difficult questions that frequently arise at interview. There are previous posts on the topic that will provide valuable information on the subject of interviewing.
What goals do you currently have?
Although not set in stone it is probably better to focus on you short to medium term goals rather than long term (but if you have defined long term goals you can use them). This question is often asked at interview as it sounds like a good interview question and nothing more. Skilled interviewers are seeking to find if you have focus and a direction in the various areas of your life. I guess if you are at interview an immediate or short term goal is to secure a job.
Why did you leave (a current or previous role)?
This question is as certain as death and tax but again many jobseekers meet the question with a blank expression. Have answers prepared for each of your previous roles. Remember be prepared to answer why you joined a company and why you left. I think most of us are aware of the dangers of negativity. Try to keep your answers in a positive context. Remember never talk negatively about a previous boss or employer.
When were you at your most satisfied at work or in a job?
This is question about motivation and what motivates you at work. Think back to when you were excited about a particular project or a certain part of a previous or current role. If applicable use examples to the position you are applying for. You will have examined what motivates you as part of your analysis of what you want in your next job. It is just a case of communicating this clearly to the interviewer.
What are your salary expectations?
I have written a previous post focusing on this question. The important point is to try and get the interviewer/employer to give you this information. The problem with answering this question is that you may price yourself out of a job or as importantly sell yourself short. If money is your number one reason for moving and you have a figure I guess you can answer it easily. For most money is import but not a key motivation in the job hunt. For these jobseekers I recommend that you answer a question with a question. Something like – “I am negotiable on salary. What would a role like this pay in your organisation?”
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Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions.