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Top questions recruiters love asking candidates.

The significance of being prepared for an interview is very important because normally you only get one chance to really shine.  You certainly only get one chance to make a good first impression!  In this blog we will go through the most common questions asked by recruiters and provide valuable guidance on how to craft effective and compelling responses. Mastering these questions can significantly enhance your chances of securing that dream job.

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Can you tell me about yourself? Start with a brief overview of your professional background, highlighting key experiences and skills relevant to the role. Focus on your career progression and any standout achievements. Keep it concise and relevant to the position you are applying for.  People usually go wrong by focusing on roles that are at the beginning of their career that are not relevant to the role they are applying for.  This question is usually an ice-breaker to ease you into the interview.  You don’t want to be 10 minutes into this question and still be talking about roles held 10 years ago.

What are your current responsibilities? Outline your current role's key responsibilities, emphasizing any significant projects or achievements. Discuss how your responsibilities align with the requirements of the new position, highlighting transferable skills and experiences.  It is important to go into the detail of how you impact your business and the achievements you have had.

What’s your biggest work accomplishment? Select an accomplishment that showcases your skills and abilities relevant to the role you are applying for. Provide context, emphasizing the challenges you faced, actions you took, and the positive results you achieved. Quantify your achievements where possible to demonstrate the impact of your contribution.

Why are you looking to move on? Focus on the positive aspects of seeking new opportunities such as personal and professional growth, desire for new challenges, or alignment with the company's values and culture. Avoid speaking negatively about your current or previous employers.

What’s your ideal next role? Discuss the key aspects of the role that motivate you, such as specific responsibilities, opportunities for growth, or the chance to contribute to a certain type of project. Highlight how your skills and experiences align with the requirements of the role.

What’s your timeline for moving on? Communicate your readiness to transition to a new role, considering any notice period required by your current employer. Express your flexibility while assuring the recruiter that you are committed to a smooth transition.

What are your location preferences and are you willing to relocate? Clearly specify your preferred work locations and your openness to relocation if required. If you are willing to relocate, explain your reasons, such as seeking new challenges or better opportunities for professional growth.

What’s your current salary? Provide your current salary, including any additional benefits or incentives you receive. Be honest and transparent, as misleading information could affect the latter stages of the recruitment process.

What are your salary expectations? Research industry standards and the specific role's market value to provide a realistic salary expectation. Factor in your experience, skills, and the value you can bring to the organization. Emphasize your flexibility and willingness to discuss further during the negotiation stage.  If you are working with a recruitment consultant, ask them for their advice and steer on the market rate for the role you’re applying for.

Are you working with any other recruiters on opportunities? Be honest about your current job search status and any ongoing conversations with other recruiters. Highlight your commitment to finding the right opportunity and your interest in the current role.

Remember to always research the company that you are interviewing with to prepare thoughtful, concise, and honest responses that highlight your strengths, experiences, and suitability for the position. Tailor your answers to showcase how you can add value to the organization and align with its goals and values. Now that your interview ready, start searching for thousands of jobs here.

Russell Pidgeon

Thursday, 2 November 2023 at 8:20am

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