Increasing your chances of getting the job are pretty simple if you're well-prepared for your next interview. If you're ready to answer some of the most common interview questions, you're a step ahead of your competition. Related: 4 Tips To Answer Tough Interview Questions Correctly Here are six questions you must be prepared to answer during interviews:
Recently, a reader asked the following question:
"I was recently let go from my last company. Are your Career Experts able to assist with exit statements on why you left a job for situations like this?"Yes, we do a lot of work in this area. It falls in our "Interview Prep" category. Here's how we help you work through and create a solid answer to: "Why did you leave your last job?"
Steal The HR Playbook
- We have you watch our expert video tutorials on how to prepare for behavioral interviews.
- We provide you with a comprehensive list of 18 behavioral questions that you could get asked on an interview. (I'm talking REALLY tough questions - the kind that make you sweat just hearing them, let alone answering them!)
- We have you write out your answers and submit them to a career expert for review.
- The expert then works with you by e-mail so you can fine-tune your answers and be truly confident they are sending the right message.
- In particular, we focus on the questions that are giving you the greatest 'crisis of confidence' and then we work on those until you are 110% ready to discuss them in an interview.
Interview Prep Eliminates #1 Killer Of Candidates In InterviewsThe process above works well for those who have been fired or laid off because it helps them work through their pain and fears related to discussing what they see as an 'unpleasant' item on their career record. Through your interactions and support from your assigned career coach, you'll see that this is nothing to be sad, embarrassed, or angry about. We help you move past the emotions and focus on the good (yes, good!) that has come from the experience. Trust me, you need to move past this. Ninety-three percent of communication is non-verbal. So, if you aren't completely comfortable talking about all the tough stuff, then you can bet hiring managers can read it in your body language, facial expressions and voice tone. People know when you are lying – and not being at peace with your past but trying to hide it is a form of lying… especially, to yourself.
Interview Prep Success StoriesOur clients say this process is one of the most helpful features in our program. Here are two quotes from members who completed the process above:
"When I sat down for the interview and the HR person started to ask me questions, I felt like I had stolen the opposing team's playbook before the Superbowl."
"I am now a step ahead in interviews because of the help I got from CareerHMO.com. I had three offers in hand within a month versus 10 months of struggling alone to find a job. I can't be thankful enough to the program for such a tremendous boost to my confidence."
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You quit to relocate with your significant other - But is this reason for leaving your last job hurting your chances at a new one? Each week, we choose one question from our readers and throw it out to our panel of approved career experts to answer. This week's question:
"I quit my last job almost six months ago now. Naturally, in interviews, I am often asked why I left my job. At first I would answer something along the lines of 'to pursue other opportunities,' but they always push for more information then." "Eventually, I end up giving the full out honest answer, which is: I moved to Sweden. ('Sweden? Why?' they ask, surprised.) Well, I was dating a guy for almost four years who was from Sweden, so I moved there to be with him. Then we broke up, and here I am back in the U.S. (Some version of that is the answer I end up giving.)" "I don't necessarily feel that giving this answer hurts me. Perhaps it surprises the interviewer, but generally they seem fine with it, maybe even empathetic. I suppose it helps that I have been interviewing for jobs with an international focus (in the travel or international education industry) so the people in the company tend to have more understanding of this kind of thing. But still, I find myself wondering if it really is hurting my chances. Advice?" - R
How To Combat A Scary Reason For Leaving Your Last Job
Assure Them You Won't Leave"If I interviewed someone and they had a similar story to yours, my first thought would be, 'Is this person going to leave our company for a similar reason?'" says Ben Eubanks of upstartHR. "I don't know if it's affecting your search or not, but it very well could be." Eubanks suggests that, if you do take the time to elaborate on this story, explain what you learned from the experience and how it will not affect your future work/career plans. That's the best way to mitigate any negative side affects of hearing this story.
Tell Them You Moved For Personal Reasons"I would simply state you moved there for personal reasons and leave it at that," Debra Wheatman of Careers Done Write says. "I don't think it is necessary to give too much information regarding the nature of your move. 'For personal reasons' is enough and that will likely be the end of the questioning about it." If you're asked about your move, keep your answer short and sweet. Instead of going into detail about why you moved, Wheatman suggests explaining the great cultural experience you had while living abroad. Cheryl Simpson of ExecutiveResumeRescue.com suggests emphasizing you want to continue your career growth where you are now. "That will satisfy your interviewer's understandable curiosity without sharing too much personal information or opening the door to their potentially negative perceptions of your actions," she says. "The last thing you want to do is make yourself look flighty or unreliable."
Keep It PositiveMary Sherwood Sevinsky of Injured Worker Help Desk says it would be best to focus on positive things you are doing to advance your career. Consider the following:
- Taking a class or classes
- Taking a part time or other less attractive job
Be Prepared For The Question"The truth isn't hurting your chances rather your reluctance to tell it," says Corey Harlock of Skills to Achieve. "By being vague you are raising red flags and forcing the interviewer to 'work' for the truth - sends the wrong message." Since you know the question is coming, Harlock says you need to prepare for it. He suggests preparing a 30 - 60 second answer that will put it to rest and leave no window for the interviewer to have to follow up so you can stop talking about why you haven't been working and get back to talking about why the should hire you.
Be Transparent, But Show Them You're Not A Risk"The main reason people want to know about your reasons for leaving previous positions is to gain insight on any possible risks," says Dorothy Tannahill-Moran of Next Chapter New Life. Employers are looking for potential risks like these:
- Poor performance
- Personality issues
- Job hopper
- Lack of commitment
Add More 'Meat' To Your Response"I'd recommend adding more 'meat' to your answer, with information on why you took the job overseas (especially if it aligns with the requirements of the role you're pursuing now)," says Laura Smith-Proulx of An Expert Resume. "Give the interviewer details on how this position would have expanded your career skills, provided an opportunity to advance in the company, or offered killer projects, all of which will show that you were intent on pursuing your career, as well as maintaining your relationship."
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