by Lou H, ResumeEdge certified writer -
Some interview questions never go out of style. You’ll most likely still hear recruiters and hiring managers ask you to tell a little bit about yourself, define your strengths and weaknesses, and explain why you’re on the job hunt. These questions, along with many others, are standard, and you need to be well-prepared to answer them with specific details that will demonstrate how you can help their company succeed.
If you aren’t sure how to effectively demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the job, consider professional job coaching to ensure you are prepared. By connecting with a coach, you will receive personalized information to help you overcome areas where you may feel challenged.
Besides preparing for the standard questions and working with a coach to ensure you’re confident during your interview, expand your preparation to include the questions mentioned below. As the economy changes, companies are looking to fill needs that they haven’t had in several years. So, here are a few questions you might expect in 2013:
1. Tell me about a significant contribution you have made in your current/last position.
Many companies are in a growth situation, so they are looking for innovative employees who think outside the box and can contribute fresh and productive ideas. Before your interview, do a self-evaluation of what you have accomplished during your career so you’ll be ready when asked how you will help an organization to succeed.
2. How would you describe your communications skills?
Employers are looking for individuals who can interact easily with staff, management, and clients across all levels. Whether you are facilitating a presentation to a group of 300 or working one-on-one with an employee, customer, or vendor, it is crucial in this job market for a potential employer to understand your ability to communicate with others. If you can’t get your point across, you won’t be effective in your job. Clearly, this skill can be demonstrated during the interview by presenting yourself in a professional manner and answering questions with confidence.
3. What have you done to improve productivity for your current or past employers?
Companies need people who can identify problems and implement solutions that save time and money. The bottom line is profitability, so be sure you can clearly share how you have made a difference. Even if this specific question isn’t asked, you need to weave examples of increased productivity into your answers so the employer will clearly see that you have experience in improving the bottom line.
4. Would you consider yourself a team player?
Being able to work independently is a great strength. However, it is equally important to be able to work with others. When you are asked about working as part of a team (even if you are in a management role), let the company know you are able to be an active participant with your team to meet a common goal. Potential employers are looking for candidates who can get along with both staff and management teams to foster enthusiasm, rather than resistance, when changes must be made.
Has it been some time since you last interviewed? Concerned about your performance? Consider working with a professional interview coach. At JobInterviewEdge, we provide self-paced training and coaching services. Our coaches have decades of experience in helping job seekers perform their best during interviews.
Now, start preparing so you can walk into your next interview feeling certain you can demonstrate that you’re the right candidate for the job.