When you go into a job interview, it’s inevitable that you will get some questions that seem designed to trip you up with a potential employer. I’m a big fan of doing test interviews so I have the answers set in my mind. So below are three of those questions and suggestions on how to answer them.
- What are your salary requirements? This is tricky because most times, you have no idea what the actual salary is. You can go to websites like Glassdoor or PayScale to get an idea. Get a number in your head that works for you. And when the question is asked, DON’T answer it. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but instead, flip the script and try asking your interviewer for the salary range. If pressed, offer a wide range. So if you think the job should pay $42,000, give a range of $35,000 to $50,000. If they want to hire you, that is the time to negotiate the final number.
- Describe how you have learned from a mistake. This is NOT the time to make a major confession. Instead, pick a smaller error and put the focus on how you resolved the error and learned from it.
- Do you have any questions? Yes. You should always have 2-3 questions that are specific to the job you’re applying for and the company in general to ask. This shows that you really have an interest in the job and the company. Those questions can cover things like your role on the job’s team, how the job fits into the company’s mission, what can you do to make your team’s job easier and why do they like working for the company. End the interview by asking what’s the next step in the job search process, which shows you’re interested.
I hope this has helped. If you have other career questions you’d like me to address, please email me at auntbenet AT gmail DOT com.