Looking for a new position takes time, even if you are utilizing the resources of a recruiter to assist in the search! Our experience has shown that the most successful candidates “interview” themselves before they undertake a search. We’d like to share some of those interview questions with you here. Consider it a tool-kit for searching and interviewing for a job.
Are you ready to make a move?
- Do you feel like you have more horsepower in your tank than is currently being utilized?
- When you’ve voiced your concerns, what was the response from your immediate supervisor?
- Is there anyone else in your life who would be impacted by you making a change?
- Would it make a difference if word got out that you were looking to make a change?
Why would someone want to hire you? Know your story!
- Have you ever made or saved your employer money? Can you articulate your specific accomplishments?
- What are your short and long-term career objectives?
- What company size and culture suits you best?
Should you work with a recruiter?
- What benefits would you gain from working with a recruiter who focuses in placing people with your skill set?
- Can the recruiter clearly define their process?
- What would make you trust that recruiter?
- What would make the recruiter passionate about presenting your profile to a hiring manager?
Okay, you got the interview. Now what?
Don’t assume that the person you’re meeting with has your resume or that you’ll only be talking with one person. In general, you should bring several hard copies of your resume with you to the interview. Of course, you should be dressed appropriately for this meeting, and for any follow-up meetings. Plan to be in the lobby/reception area 10 to 15 minutes prior to the interview time, and carry a portfolio or pad so that you can have your questions on hand and be able to take notes.
10 questions to ask employers
- Who are your primary competitors?
- How do you differentiate yourselves from the competition?
- What markets do you currently thrive in? What kind of markets would the business like to explore next?
- What are the business’ primary objectives over the next quarter, year, and five years?
- When people are asked what they like about working at this company, what do they say?
- Why is this position open?
- What kinds of expectations would you have of me in this role?
- What opportunities would I have to develop my professional skill-set?
- What kind of career path is available to a top performer in this role?
- How do you see me fitting in culturally?
Your primary objective for any interview is to determine whether or not you are a fit for this organization and the position. If, after learning about the specifics, you want the job, tell the interviewer why you would be the right person for them and ask for the job.
To discuss your job search needs with a member of Carltech’s staff, please contact us.
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