Interview 32: How Did You Hear about the Position?

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Guideline

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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

In asking this question, interviewers are judging if you are an active or passive job seekers. Those who appear eager for the position may be perceived as more willing to put forth the needed effort to fulfill the position. Considering this, you want to be strategic in the way you answer this question.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Why do you think this is important for interviewers to know?
  • How did you hear about this job?
  • Think about how you could frame this answer to put you in the best possible light.

Guideline

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Points to Emphasize

Depending upon how you heard about the position, there are different ways that you can answer the question. Still, there are certain points to mention that can help you to properly answer such type of inquiry.

  • Clearly state the source from which you heard of the position, but do not go into elaborate detail, other than the name of the individual, company or resource.
  • Explain what aspects drew you to the position.
  • Briefly state why you feel qualified for the job.
  • Express your excitement about the possibility of obtaining the position.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Think about the emotions you had when you initially saw the job posting. If it made you genuinely excited or happy, tell the employer!
  • Write down three reasons you feel qualified for the job.
  • Write down three things that drew you to this job.

Guideline

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Mistakes You Should Avoid

Review these mistakes to avoid when answering this question.

  • Even if you heard about the position from an employee, do not go into great detail about your relationship with that employee.
  • Do not give vague one word answers.
  • If you do not recall what job board you found the position through, do not dwell on that fact or make something up.
  • If you heard of a job from an employee who is on rocky terms with the company or recently departed on negative terms, do not mention their name.

Activities

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  • Try to establish a personal connection with the job (although not too personal).
  • Is this company a place that you’ve had your eye on for a long time?
  • Has working here been a long term goal?

Guideline

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Sample Answer

One way to properly answer inquiries about how you heard about the position might be:

“I heard about this position through a current employee, Jane Doe. She was a previous co-worker of mine at XYZ Company where I served as a project manager. After reviewing the position and researching the company, I felt qualified to fulfill the position and excited about the possibility of joining such a reputable company.”

Remember, the question is asking more than just who sent you. Make sure that you address why you applied to the position and how you qualify. Addressing these things can help to avoid certain additional questions and possibly help you to secure the position.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

Interview 31: Give Me An Example Of A Time You Did Something Wrong

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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

An interview is supposed to be a time where you are trying to talk yourself up, which is why it can be difficult to answer something like: “Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it”

Questions like this tend to trip people up because they get caught up with the first sentence. The actual question is, “How did you handle it” The interviewer wants to know how you respond to adversity. Hiring managers want to know that if something goes wrong, you will be able to remain calm and handle it efficiently.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Why do you think an employer would ask this question?
  • What are things that an employer might be looking for in an answer?

Guideline

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Points to Emphasize

You should remain positive for every question of an interview, even if you are talking about a time where things did not go smoothly.

  • Admit that you did something wrong, being humble can work to your advantage
  • Discuss how you handled the situation
  • Discuss what you learned from the experience
  • Remain positive

It is not always easy to admit that you messed up, especially when you are trying to impress a potential employer. However, managers know that you are only human and that people make mistakes so do not be afraid to talk about a previous shortcoming.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Think of a few times that you have made mistakes in the past.
  • Pick one or two instances that you think would be appropriate to tell in an interview
  • Why do you think these would be interesting for a potential boss to hear>

Guideline

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Mistakes You Should Avoid

Talking about past mistakes can get tricky, so watch out for these common pitfalls.

  • Avoid saying that you have never done anything wrong
  • Don’t get caught up in overly explaining what went wrong
  • Don’t be vague with the situation that happened
  • Don’t forget to talk about how you are a better employee now because of it

Chances are that you will make a mistake no matter what job you are getting. The important thing is that you are able to learn from your errors and become a better worker in the process.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What did you learn from the mistakes that you made in the past?
  • How has it made you a better employee?
  • How will the lessons you learned from past mistakes aid you in your new position? How would it help you prevent future mistakes?

Guideline

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Sample Answer

A good response to a question about your past mistakes should go something like this:

“One time my boss came up to me and asked why he wasn’t receiving emails from certain clients. At first I explained to him that I didn’t know and that I hadn’t heard from the clients either. A couple days after that I checked the junk folder in my email and saw all these emails that should’ve been going to my boss. I quickly sent them over and told my boss what happened. He had a good laugh and ever since, I’ve made sure that I checked all my folders.”

Answering this question confidently is vital. You should be able to own up to your mistakes and learn a new skill through it.

Activities

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  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

Interview 30: What Are You Passionate About?

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This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

Interview questions can be extremely difficult to answer. It is common for them to have some hidden meaning, or for the information the interviewer is trying to gain not to be apparent. One of these confusing interview questions is, “What is a personal mission statement?”

The question may seem strangely specific, and yet vaguely off topic. Knowing how to answer is tricky. This question is a simple way for interviewers to learn a great deal about you in a very short time. It reveals your passions and priorities, and how you deal with a difficult question is also important. When tackling this question, you should just try to remain calm.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What do you think a ‘personal mission statement’ means?
  • How does it involve the things that you are passionate about?
  • Why would this be something your employers would be interested in learning about?

Guideline

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Points to Emphasize

Choose your words carefully, but realize that your attitude and tone speak volumes about you as well. Follow these tips to come up with a strong answer.

  • Be honest. You might want to come up with a personal statement before beginning the interview. Regardless, do not try to tell them what they want to hear.
  • If possible, be applicable to the job. If your life goals involve the job you are applying for, highlight it. If not, you can emphasize general qualities, such as passion, motivation, dedication, or patience.
  • Be passionate. Whatever your statement actually is, be excited about it. You want them to realize that you put your all into everything you do.
  • Be brief. Completely answer the question, but do not talk about yourself too long.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors.

  • What are you passionate about?
  • Think of things that you are passionate about in your personal life.
  • Compare these to things you are passionate about in your professional goals

Guideline

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Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are also some pitfalls that you should avoid. These are some common mistakes that many people make.

  • Do not always try to be relevant. It is not bad if your personal mission statement does not include the job you are applying for specifically.
  • Avoid being wishy-washy. You should have a definitive answer and not have to think very hard to provide it. Your statement should already affect your life, after all.
  • Do not exaggerate or skew your answer to try and make it apply to the position more.
  • Do not forget to prioritize communication. Your ability to communicate complex ideas is on display with this question.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • How do your passions relate to the job you’re applying for?
  • How do your passions help you stand out for the job?
  • Edit your answer for concise language and less emotion

Guideline

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Sample Answer

By the nature of this question, a very personal answer is necessary. This is just a generic answer, but a strong response will likely be similar to it.

“My personal mission statement is to apply myself, wholeheartedly, to everything I do. Whether it is a personal or occupational goal, I want it to be clear to everyone around me that I am trying my best. I feel that anything less is simply a waste of time.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.