Job interviews are relatively straightforward: you give your credentials, answer generic questions on the kind of tasks you used to handle, and you cross your fingers and hope they call you back. But once in a while you get a tough job interview question that must be handled very diplomatically. Here are some tips.
How much are you earning now?
Headhunters caution against giving a figure. That’s like showing your hand in a poker game, and seasoned Interviewers can tell if you’re bluffing.” If you’re still in early negotiations, say “Eventually we will have to discuss salary, but now let’s see if there’s a good fit between me, the company, and what you need for this position.”
If you’re already working out a contract, throw back the question: “My previous salary was appropriate for my responsibilities. What do you think is fair for what you’re asking me to do?”
Can you work on weekends?
Use this question to find out more about the job and the company culture. Smile (it ill help hide your alam) and ask, “Interesting question. How much overtime do you think I would do every month? Do a lot of your employees work on weekends?”
Then ask what aspects of your job would require you to work on weekends. Be honest about what you are willing to do, but inquire about policies that may make it more palatable to you: offsetting, overtime pay, or telecommuting.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Interviewers wince when they hear the overused “I work too hard!” or “I’m too passionate!” Tell the truth, but be ready with an example of how you’ve overcome it. “I used to have a problem with time management, but I took a Covey seminar and found the system works really well for me.”
Why are you leaving your current company?
The hidden question here is, “What would probably make you leave ours?” So avoid broad statements about wanting a new challenge. Instead, name specific goals that indicate you’re in for the long haul. “I enjoyed sales, but I want to learn more about marketing and building a brand.”
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