10 tips for getting a job

Preparation really pays off. If you leave it to the last minute you hugely reduce your chances of getting the job. Here are ten top tips with more information on each in the chapters that follow: Be certain that as far as possible you really do want the job and know how it will fi t your needs and circumstances. Uncertainty looks like lack of commitment to the employer and will mean they rule you out. Why you want the job is one of the most important questions they will ask. Do your research: fi nd out how this job … Click here to continue…..

What are your greatest weaknesses?

Disguise a strength as a weakness. Example: “I sometimes push my people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength.” Drawback: This strategy is better than admitting a flaw, but it’s so widely used, it is transparent to any experienced interviewer. BEST ANSWER: (and another reason it’s so important to get a thorough description of your interviewer’s needs before you answer questions): Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. Then, quickly review … Click here to continue…..

How to negotiate your own salary

Some jobs, particularly in sales, do not have a fixed salary to offer. They set pay individually as a result of a negotiation with the candidate after a job offer has been made. You will normally know if this is the case as there will be no salary details available on advert or job details. Being forewarned means that you can think through your position prior to having to discuss it. Start by working out exactly how much you need to earn. What is the lowest salary that you can afford to earn and still survive and maintain the lowest … Click here to continue…..

What do you think is the best way to deal with poor performers?

You will be applying for a job that is concerned with the way that individuals perform at work if you are asked a question such as this. That can mean that you will work either in the HR department or that you are a supervisor or manager of other people. Setting expectations of the way you expect people to perform at work is the place to start. Working with individuals to help them reach the standards required and investing in staff to train and develop them to the best of their abilities is crucial. Monitoring production or performance in work … Click here to continue…..

What do you think we should be doing to survive the economic downturn?

Unless you are applying for a job with some kind of responsibility for strategic planning in an organisation, it is unlikely that you will be asked a question like this. However, the interviewer may want to see how you would approach answering a question about the economy or current affairs generally. There are no right answers to this question. If there were, we might not be facing difficult economic times. The interviewer will be interested to see what you think the possibilities for success are at the moment. Have you been keeping an eye on the quality press lately? Creative … Click here to continue…..

You will have some difficult characters in your new team. How will you handle them?

We cannot choose the people we work with so we have to find ways to get along with them. Team work is vital in any job and a good team player will always be attractive to employers. You need to draw on your past experiences whether from the work environment or outside work, to say how you would handle these new team mates who are difficult. They could be any type of people and just because they have been troublesome in the past, they could get on with you much better than they did with your predecessor. If you arrive … Click here to continue…..

This job needs to be filled by a motivator – tell us how you would do that.

Getting people to do what you want can be difficult. You may be being asked this question as a result of current economic difficulties. If it is a sales-based job, how will you inspire your team to work harder and better? Have you had experience before of motivating people successfully? What did you do and why did it work? How are you seen by other people – as a leader and trail-blazer? Or as a safe pair of hands who can be relied on to do the right thing? How do you propose to set the expectations of your new … Click here to continue…..

This job is too highly paid isn’t it?

Sometimes you will be asked a provocative question like this, but the interviewer may think that this could be a question put to you by funding bodies or journalists if you get the job, so it is a good one to test you out on. If you are going for a high-profile job in the not-for-profit or charitable sector, you could be challenged on this point by the press or members of the public. Are you confident that the remuneration is worth what you would contribute to the job? Do you know what other people in similar roles are paid? … Click here to continue…..