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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement Canada
21 Blacker also says, regardless of the actual salary range you propose, it is always a good idea to reassure the hiring manager of the main reasons you have applied and let them know that salary is not your only motivator. Reiterate your inter- est in the position and the company, and let them know you are confident you could come to an agreement that is fair for both parties should the opportunity be presented to you. What are your weaknesses? Wrong: I'm not a morning person, which makes me late for work nearly every day. Also, I have a hard time working with people who don't like my university sports team. Right: "For answers to this question, we always hear 'I work too hard', or 'I'm a perfectionist', and those are weaknesses that they are trying to make into strengths," Birley says. "Everyone says them, and it is just annoying to hear." She suggests that it is best to be completely honest and think about the feedback from past employers or co-workers, or just something you know you have to work on. "A great response to this question would be to show that you are self-aware in that you know your weaknesses, and then show what you're doing to address them or improve upon them," says Birley. What will you offer our company? Wrong: I'm simply the best candi- date that you will find and confident in my abilities! Right: While being confident is important, Lenz suggests that being more specific and providing examples of related experiences or education that relate to the job description and job duties listed are a more valuable response to this question and will help set you apart. "Tell me why you chose this career path and demonstrate why you have passion for this type of work or posi- tion," says Lenz. "Reiterate how you have prepared yourself for this type of work through related education, internships, etc. And, if they don't have the related background yet, I look for an answer that suggests they have carefully thought through this career path and that tells me why they are choosing it." Do you have any questions for me? Wrong: No, I think you've answered them all! Right: "It always amazes me when people do not take the opportunity during the interview to ask questions," says Blacker. "We want to know that people are just as serious about their careers, as we are about finding the right team member for our organization so we would hope they DO have questions!" "Similarly, it is a major disappointment for me when the first or only questions a candidate has are: What is the salary? How much vacation would I get? and Can you please describe your health benefits?," says Blacker. Blacker agrees that those are details that are certainly open for discussion and are great questions to ask at a later stage in the recruitment process if they are not addressed by the hiring manager. Some topics (like vacation and benefits) may even be best discussed during the offer stage. "My advice is to ask intelligent questions about the role and the company that show you have done your research," says Blacker. "One caveat: limit your questions to three to five for the initial interview as most hiring managers are on a schedule and you don't want to ask too many dur- ing the first round. If it is a single inter- view recruitment process, ask away!" While we know you would never respond as distinctly wrong as the "Wrong" answers posed within this article, we do hope that the feedback provided directly from the mouths of those who could be hiring you will help prepare you so you are sure to achieve a successful interview and adequately answer some of those quizzical questions. IMPRESSIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK AN INTERVIEWER 1. Can you describe a typical day in this type of role? 2. How long have you been at the company and what makes you stay? 3. How would you describe the work environment and corpo- rate culture? 4. What are some of the goals for the company in the short and longer term? 5. How would my performance be measured? 6. What types of career opportu- nities may open up down the road for a person starting out in this type of position, assum- ing they perform well? 7. What are some of the com- pany's initiatives regarding learning and development? With a solid knowledge of what employers are looking for when answering some of those quizzical questions as well as practicing responses to other frequently asked questions you can land your dream job! One point of caution, while it is great to prepare some thoughts to answers for standard questions asked during an interview, you want to be sure that your answers don't seem canned or rehearsed. The point of an interview is to get to know the real you --- make sure the employer has the opportunity to do so through your responses to their questions.