January 12, 2012 14:35
Quite often with the start of new year people contemplate a job or a career change. If that is the case with you, it is important to consider what kinds of questions will be asked in an interview and how you will answer those questions. In any interview process, you will interview with the company recruiter and a hiring manager or managers. What you say during those interviews will dictate whether or not you are considered for a position.
Before you start the process of of looking for a new job, it is important to know where you have been and where you are going. It is equally important to have goals and to be able to show what you are doing to get there whether it is schooling or additional skills training. Think about what you have done in past jobs and how it can relate to a new job. Think about the successes you have had what you learned from mistakes and failures. Think also about what is important in a new job and what it would take to make you change jobs.
Recruiters and hiring managers are most interested in what you have done in previous jobs. Teamwork is important and you will likely be asked about how you have functioned in a team. However, an employer is not hiring your team: the employer is hiring YOU. As a recruiter I want to know what YOU did in a job. Did you increase sales? Did you develop a process that saved your company money? Did you support a director or an officer level who was successful because of how you were able to keep that person organized. It is not bragging or boasting to talk about what you did. Employers want to hire productive, successful people.
Good luck in the new year