6 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions

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1. Why do you want the job?

– “I’ve read a lot about your company and I really think my skill-set could help out around here.”

This sounds very robotic and it doesn’t show any personality. Recruiters can know when you are being genuine and when you are trying to please them with a cliché. Be honest and focus on your skills, your goals and what the position/company has to offer you. Be specific.

 

2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work and how you resolved it.

– “I usually get along very well with everyone.”

It’s not true and it shows the recruiter that you probably don’t focus on your past experiences in order to improve. It’s true that there are some people that really get along with MOST people, but we all have experiences with people that are way too different from us. It doesn’t have to be a conflict but try to have a situation in mind to answer this question.

 

3. What do you think is your greatest weakness?

– “I’m an overachiever, and work long hours that leave me little time for anything else but serving the organization.”

Sometimes what we think the companies want to hear is exactly what keep us from getting that job. Don’t play this game, play safe. Prepare these answers before the interview and think of something that you can provide examples on how you are trying to improve your weaknesses.

 

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

– “Going to the pub and sleeping”

Some companies ask this question to get to know more about the candidate. It’s not usually something that is going to take a big role in the decision but it’s more of an opportunity to create a human and genuine connection between the recruiter/company and the candidate. Take advantage of this question and smile, be funnier and show your social skills. Because here they are trying to get to know how you get along socially and break the ice.

 

5.  What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?

–  “Lunchtimes” – “Salary” – “Discounts” – “Holidays”

Show that you did your research and state the key aspects of the specific role that you are most excited about.

 

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

– “I see myself doing your job”

Of course some companies will like this kind of answer but most will not. This kind of confidence works better in start-up companies. You can also use this same idea but use different words where you are not threatening the interviewer in any way. Be smart and be specific.

 

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How can you use colors on your resume

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Using color in your resume can help you to stand out in a job application. But you can stand-out positively and negatively.

NEGATIVE:

  • Bright text highlights
  • Yellow and Red should be used carefully
  • Using colors does not mean to use flowers or any kind of pictures/drawings

POSITIVE:

  • A resume should give a positive vibe to the recruiter and colors can help
  • It gives an impression of a self-confident person
  • Use them in borders, bullet points of in your resume’s design
  • Use colors to highlight specific elements or the structure
  • The colors should fit the industry/company and your personality

 

AS long as the use of color do not interfere with the readability of your resume, color can be a powerful tool in differentiate your resume from others. Don’t turn you resume into a rainbow, try to be consistent and use only one or 2 colors per document. You can also use these colors in your portfolio.

Here are some brief summary of colors and their attributes:

  • RED: express action, passion, power or courage
  • ORANGE: express determination, encouragement, strength or productivity
  • YELLOW: express optimism, positivity, energy or vision
  • GREEN: express the environment, calmness, growth or rebirth
  • BLUE: express trust, reliability, integrity or truth
  • PURPLE: Use purple to express luxury, spirituality, inspiration or dignity

 

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Top 10 mistakes you should avoid on your resume

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1.       Misspellings and grammatical errors
No need to justify this one. It is a stand out and it can certainly influence your personal brand. Avoid them. Ask your friends and family to read your resume.

2.       Not enough or too many keywords
You have to highlight the keywords of your job in a natural way. Don’t try to put adjectives before every skill. Define what the message you want to send with your resume is and make a list of the keywords that reflect and leverage that message.

3.       Personal information
We don’t need to know your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status and all these details. Even addresses are not that useful to employers. So focus on your value and not your personal and physical characteristics.

4.       Listing every job
Choose your past experience wisely. You don’t want to just state where you have been since you graduated. You want to focus your resume in a unique message. For that you may need to omit some experiences you had. Don’t be afraid to do it.

5.       Outdated layout
Your layout and resume design makes the first impression on recruiters. They need to do 2 things: have a different and creative layout and be really easy to read. So make sure your resume layout is unique and it allows employers to go through it easily.

6.       Too much information
You don’t want to fill your resume with useless information because you know recruiters won’t read it. Avoid more than 2 pages resumes. Your layout is going to be responsible for that first impression about your resume having too much information or not.

7.       Generic summary
Summary is one of the first things recruiters look at. If they start reading it and it sounds like all the other 1001 summaries, your chances on having them reading the rest are close to 1%. Please be specific and be you. You think you know what recruiters want to hear but you have no idea.

8.       Irrelevant and unmeasurable duties

One of the main problems about most of the resumes we receive at Impressive Resumes is about duties-driven descriptions instead of accomplishments-driven descriptions. Focus on what you accomplished and not what you were responsible for. Choose your contributions to each work experience and detail them with measurable achievements.

9.       Providing references
Employers ask if needed. Don’t waste one line to state the obvious.

10.   Including a picture
We have covered this issue before on our blog. It is a dubious question but choose not to have a picture on your resume. It can only work as a benefit.

How to keep your motivation when looking for a job

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1.       Love your goal

You have to believe in what you want to do next. Dream about it and really believe you can do it. Write it down to help you decide if you don’t have a clear idea by now. Don’t try to apply to anything. Choose wisely where you want to go.

2.       Day by Day

Don’t expect that job to fall from the sky right into your hands or e-mail inbox. It’s a hard road! You are going to build your castle little by little, step by step, day by day. You need to research, to have your personal marketing tools ready, receive feedback, write different cover letters, etc. Train to be the best and enjoy that process.

3.       Embrace small steps

We are so focus on getting a job that sometimes we forget to embrace the small successes on the way to get there. Getting called for an interview even if you don’t make it, it’s great! Why? Because you know your resume is working, you know you have a real value, you are practicing your interview skills, you are getting to know the market needs and you are valuing yourself.

4.       Enjoy the process

Negativity and frustration are usually part of job seeking. But you should definitely avoid that. Keep our positivity and you’ll notice how that will favor you. Get the best out of the process. It’s a very introspective process and we usually question ourselves. And that has a very positive impact on our lives not only professionally but also personally.

The 5 Vs on Recruitment of the future

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While we were reading a LinkedIn article today, about the secrets of data, we realized those 5 Vs can actually apply to the recruitment process. Recruitment is changing, especially with the growth in online reputation. This will certainly change how organizations hire their employees. So here are the 5 Vs companies will be looking for in your resume, interview and other hiring processes.

VOLUME

Volume refers to the achievements you brought to former employers. A measurable presentation of your achievement can improve your chances on getting called for an interview. Why? Because you are being precise about your contribution to a particular employer. We can also look at the volume as the skills you have developed. Especially in an IT/technical sector. How many tools are you able to manage?

VELOCITY

There’s a paradigm about replacing humans by machines. What are the main benefits from that? Time and money. Time is crucial to every company and employer. We all want to short up the delivery time, and we are finding ways to manage time in a more effective way. How can you bring both quality and velocity? How fast can you grow your value within a company?

VARIETY

We used to have employees with a specific area of expertise. You would take a degree with a specialization and you would work on that area for all your life. This is changing. Now we see more often people with multi-knowledge in different fields. This interdisciplinarity will be seen as something valuable as most fields have significantly synergies. Variety is a plus, don’t be afraid to show it.

VERACITY

Veracity refers to the quality of your skills and profile. As we know our resumes and even our interviews reflect a fake side of our personality. We overwrite things on our resumes and we surely answer to question in an interview knowing what is it they want to hear from us. Getting to know the veracity of your personality and value within a company will become a primary concern. The challenge here is how to get that veracity? We believe the recruitment process has to become more humanized and less formal.

VALUE

And then the value, which combines a little bit of all the above. It’s an abstract concept. It is something unique we all have. We all have value but we won’t be valuable in every context. Getting conscious of our value as job seekers will increase and organizations will have to find a way to measure that value besides the resume and interview.

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