Every interview is different. But there are standard questions and interview tips that come up during most interviews. We looked at advice from five different headhunters, including Sharon Hall and Kaye/Bassman. Then we broke what they had to say down to these 10 headhunter interview tips that will help you land the job.
10. Tell Me About How You Got Into This Industry
Answers relating to the industry should focus on experiences that attracted you to this type of work. The key is to identify similarities between the offered position and your experience.
9. What Are Some Previous Conflicts You’ve Had in Past Jobs?
Our headhunter interview tips suggest that when being interviewed, you’ll likely be asked questions to determine if you are a good fit for the company. There might be questions concerning personality conflicts designed to find out if you are difficult to deal with. You should be honest and straightforward without overemphasizing any one conflict. Instead, explain the positive things that came out of the conflict.
8. What Are Your Hobbies?
Discuss interests such as music, sports and cultural activities. Talk about clubs and anything else that doesn’t revolve around business. The point is to demonstrate that you are well-rounded. Businesses want people who leave work at work and regenerate their minds when they are not at work.
7. What Is One Past Success You’re Truly Proud Of?
The manager is not looking for a definition of success but wants to know what specific things you have been successful at. You should focus on external factors that influenced your success when possible and emphasize your abilities only when others have commented on them.
6. What Are Your Strengths On the Job?
Cliches and general statements don’t work here. Give specific examples of skills and how they apply to the open position. Don’t mention anything generic. Be detailed.
5. Tell Us About Your Previous Mistakes
This is not a laundry list of things you have done wrong. The manager is looking for one single mistake or failed project that you have been involved in. So don’t worry about perfection. The point is to identify your willingness to accept personal responsibility and whether or not a valuable lesson was learned.
4. Have You Ever Disagreed With Your Supervisor?
The correct answer is anything other than, “I have never worked for anyone that I didn’t get along with.” Everyone with experience has had disagreements with their supervisors. Applicants that say they get along with everyone either have an integrity issue or lack of experience in tough situations.
3. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
You should always be prepared for this question because it will almost always be asked. You should have conducted enough self-examination to provide an honest answer along with an example of how you compensate for that weakness. It’s OK to admit an actual weakness, as long as you also discuss how you’ve learned to compensate for it.
2. Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
This is a big question for many managers. A resume that is filled with frequent job changes is a red flag that can indicate poor performance. Quality employees tend to stay in a position three to five years before moving to another position. The ability to adapt and survive through any circumstance is what makes a person a great employee. Explain why you are leaving your current job, and properly explain your job history.
1. Why Don’t You Tell Me a Little About Yourself?
While it may seem like an obvious question, it’s one of the most important. Our headhunter interview tips tell us that even though managers may still complete the interview, many times they will scratch an applicant off the list based solely on this question. This is your first impression, and it is an important one because you will not get a second chance. The manager is looking to see how articulate and confident you are along with where in your career you are. The secret to nailing this question is to focus on what’s important to the manager.
While you can’t plan for the unexpected, understanding what makes a great interview is a good place to start. Learning how to answer these questions and use these headhunter interview tips can help you complete a successful interview.
One final bit of advice: practice, practice, practice.
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