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Answering the Interview Question: Why Did You Have So Many Jobs in Such a Short Amount of Time?

Sometimes life doesn’t turn out like we think it’s going to. You might start what you thought was a perfect job and find out you hate it. Or you get hired in one state but your significant other has to move and you decide to go with them, leaving that new job behind. Or maybe a family member gets sick and you have to quit your new job to take care of them.

Regardless of what the reason is, your resume makes you look like a job hopper—you’ve had multiple jobs in a short time span, like three jobs in two years. This can scare potential employers who want an employee to stay for the long haul.

According to Bersin by Deloitte, as reported by Glassdoor, the average cost per hire is around $4,000. And that doesn’t even include the time it takes to train a new employee. Employers don’t want to spend all of that time and money only to see a new hire quit a few months later. They’re going to ask why you had so many jobs, so it’s important to have a planned answer ready. Here are our thoughts on how to answer. (more…)

Answering the Interview Question eBook Now Live

Whether it’s listing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying your most impressive accomplishment, or telling your interviewer why you’re the best fit for the job, we’ve got an answer or three.

See them when you download the new Answering the Interview Question eBook. You’ll learn how to answer some of the most difficult interview questions job candidates face, like “tell me about yourself,” “what are your top 3 strengths and weaknesses?” and “where do you see yourself in five years?”

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Answering the Interview Question eBook Coming Soon

Whether it’s listing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying your most impressive accomplishment, or telling your interviewer why you’re the best fit for the job, we’ve got an answer or three.

Find the answers when you download the Answering the Interview Question eBook later  in April. You’ll learn how to answer some of the most difficult interview questions job candidates face. Here’s a short preview. (more…)

Answering the Toughest Interview Questions

 

According to a recent study by GoDaddy, one in four seniors graduating college doesn’t feel ready to enter the job market, with 30% of seniors having the opinion that there aren’t any jobs available at all.

Along with the trepidation many seniors have about the job market overall, interviews can seem stressful due to unknowns: how will they get to the interview? What will their interviewer be like? And the scariest unknown: what questions will be asked?

A recent poll on Job Journey, Express Employment Professionals’ blog for job seekers, asked readers which interview questions they needed help with most. Below are the top three questions job seekers want help with, as well as guidelines for answering them.

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VIDEO: Behaviors Recruiters Look for During an Interview

You’re being tested on more than your experience.

It’s understandable to be nervous during an interview. Recruiters know that. But there are some interview behaviors they look for that could be indicative of soft skills, personal attributes that enable an employee to interact effectively with other people.

That doesn’t mean you should over analyze every word and action you make during the interview, though. To get some outside perspectives we asked a few of our recruiters for the interview behaviors they look for.

 

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Answering the Interview Question: If You Could Change Something about Your Past (Or Current) Job, What Would It Be?”

They just want to get to know you

Many job seekers get stumped by this question because they make it much harder than it needs to be. They either say too little (so they aren’t complaining about a past job), or say too much too much (which can make an interviewer think they were a problem employee).

So long as you’re honest, answering the question can be easy. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be just fine.

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Answering the Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work at Our Company?

Prepare your reasons.

When companies are hiring, they aren’t just looking for the most skilled applicants. While skill is important, interviewers are also looking for culture fit. Folks that mesh with the rest of the employees and stay with the company long-term.

That’s the main reason interviewers ask applicants why they want to work at the company. Your answer should combine a discussion of your skills with your personality and how you fit in with the company in general.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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