Tips On Answering Difficult Interview Questions

So, you followed the right tips and your CV got noticed by an employer and impressed them enough to invite you for an interview. However, the next time thing that worries job hunters is the interview itself or any difficult interview questions that might come up.

While many interviews can go well for the most part and if you’re lucky, the questions will relate to what you’ve said on your CV so you can answer them well, there’s always bound to be a question that trips you up or one that you haven’t planned an answer for. Unfortunately, one question like this can knock many peoples’ confidence or make them worry for the rest of the interview. Fortunately, DYWAJ have come up with some interview questions that often make people feel nervous about answering and some tips on how to answer interview questions to get rid of any pre-interview nerves.

“What’s your proudest achievement”

With questions like this, don’t feel the need to make something up that you think sounds impressive. Employers want to see what kind of person you are and what you’ve done outside of education or work. So even if your proudest achievement seems quite simple to you, the reasons why it makes you proud could impress someone else.

“What’s your weakness”

An interviewer isn’t interested in weaknesses that aren’t related to the workplace, so don’t feel the need to tell a potential employer that your biggest weakness is chocolate or leaving your washing up on the side. Think about feedback you’ve had at other jobs and think of an answer that comes across as constructive criticism, such as, you’ve previously been shy but you’ve now learnt to come out of your shell, or you’ve previously been too concerned with over-achieving but you can now work to the best of your ability consistently.

“Have you had experience with…”

Sometimes, the answer to this question might simply be no, or not yet. It’s better to be honest than lie as when it comes to the job, an employer will expect you to know what to do. Questions like this give you the opportunity to say that you are a fast learner or to show that you can transfer skills from another job to a new role.

When thinking about how to answer interview questions remember to not be tempted to lie and don’t let one bad question put you off for the rest of the interview.

If you’re at the start of your job search, upload your CV to our CV directory today!

Best Interview Questions for Employers to Ask

Do you have any favourite interview questions you ask every single job applicant? If so, you’re not alone! We have spoken to the experts and it seems every seasoned interviewer has developed a shortlist of the best interview questions.

In fact, we have mastered the act of asking short and sweet questions that give you all the information you need – including if they’re a potential cultural fit for your business!

Here are some of the best interview questions you could ask:

1. Tell me about your greatest achievement at work – By asking this question, you are looking to hear what the applicant considers as being important. It also demonstrates what the applicant deems to be an achievement.

2. What kind of oversight and interaction would your ideal boss provide? You want to know how self-motivated your candidate is, especially in a company where a candidate who needs constant supervision will not fit! Vice versa, if you know the boss is a huge micromanager, a self-driven candidate may not succeed in this environment.

3. What prompted you to apply for this job? What interested you the most about this position? If you’re asking these kinds of questions, you are looking for what the prospective employee is most interested in, related to the position. You will get to see what motivates the individual and what is important to the applicant.

4. How would your current boss describe your work and contribution? This question says more about the employee than it does about their current employer. After all, this shows how the candidate perceives the support and opinion of their current boss.

5. How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge? You want to hire an employee who is constantly developing and improving on their skills and job knowledge. Make sure you listen carefully to what the candidate is saying and how they plan to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

Are you getting together your latest job vacancy? When it comes to finding the right applicant, why not start the journey with DYWAJ’s huge CV directory! Our large CV database has thousands of candidates waiting to secure their dream job. So get in touch with us on 0121 726 9520 or today to find out how you can get started on your search. If you’re looking for a job, why not upload your CV to our extensive database! Our team are also here to provide 24/7 support and guidance for all of our candidate, including providing advice ranging from how to write a CV to interview preparation.

New year, New Job? DYWAJ can help

Understandably, you’re only just getting your head around preparing for Christmas, but the time quickly approaches and, after the big day has come and gone, 2018 is just around the corner.

New year, new job or new perspective?

The New Year signifies the jump start you may need to move on in your career, but if you’re happy where you are then use this opportunity to excel and become an integral part of your team.

However, for the more life-changing opportunity of a new job, you will need to carry out the job process efficiently:

· Update your CV.

· Upload your CV to our CV directory and we will do all the hard work for you.

· All you will have to do is turn up for the interview to sell yourself!

OR… You could do it the hard way:

· Research the right job (a lot of time taken off your schedule).

· Apply for job after job – which can be detrimental to your self-esteem.

· Wait for the responses.

· Go to interview after interview for jobs, which may not be for the right role.

Being prematurely prepared can secure you the job

Improving your CV prior to the new year is vital: why wait to make it your new year’s resolution to get a new job?

Not only that, a large chunk of the population is going to think the exact same as you: ‘new year, new me’, meaning the competition level increases dramatically once January comes around.

Getting a job by the new year doesn’t mean you have until December to get started – you want to be tying up in December, not just kicking off!

DYWAJ advice: Produce a list of ideal companies, listing off positions that you feel would best suit you before December, so that you are prepared to apply by the beginning of December.

Importance of a positive attitude

One of the basic tips for carrying yourself correctly for an interview would be to have a positive attitude about yourself – your CV clearly sold it to the company, so go and smash the interview!

Our interview advice and techniques would be to tell yourself; “I am going to get a job here” rather than “what if I don’t get a job here?”

Getting a job secured before the new year will allow you to start in your new company with a fresh start for 2018 and means you can relax over the Christmas period – too bad on those who have only just started to apply!

For more information or guidance on your new career path contact DYWAJ on 0121 726 9520, or get straight into the process by uploading your CV!

CV Writing: Mistakes to Check For Before You Send Off Your CV

Did you send off hundreds of job applications last week but were disappointed to only hear back from one? Well, there’s a chance that your CV could be letting you down!

At DYWAJ, we understand that writing your CV can be a job in itself; wondering whether it is too long or too short and if you really need certain information included.

To ensure your application is completely up to standard, the team at DYWAJ have put together a list of common CV mistakes.

  1. Not tailoring your CV for the specific employer – When you’re applying for jobs, it’s best to target your CV to the employer and job vacancy you’re applying for. When an employer reads your application, they want to understand whether or not you can do the job not hear about your medal in gymnastics (unless it’s relevant!). Make sure you research what employee they’re looking for and add these qualities and characteristics to your CV.
  2. Unprofessional Email Address – An unprofessional email address used on a CV can be the difference between getting an interview and finding your application being placed firmly in the bin! The email account may mean your employee won’t take you seriously and question your judgement and general approach to work.
  3. Huge Paragraphs – Break your key points into digestible bullet points or headers so the reader can skim read the CV and easily pull the information they want out of it. There is nothing worse than irritating a potential employer with reams of unnecessary information before you’ve even met them!
  4. Hideous Fonts – It’s important your CV is easily readable to a potential employer. You may be tempted to help it stand out from the crowd by using a fancy font, but don’t! Fancy fonts are often hard to read and will make it hard for the reader to scan for important keywords or information. We recommend a simple, clean font like Arial or Tahoma. 
  5. Not Enough Detail – Your current (or most recent) role is important to your CV as the employer will jump to your experience before anything else on your application. This will give them an indication of what you’re capable of, and so failing to mention or go into detail about your job role is a big mistake.

As one of the UK’s fastest growing CV directory, our job is to help jobseekers find the career that’s right for them. We offer free CV writing tips across our blogs as well as access to a CV database with thousands of employers waiting to hire.

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