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The interview is an important tool for recruiters to evaluate
candidates and determine how individuals may fit into a team, position and
company. An interview can also be a useful way for job seekers to reflect during
the job search, learn from past work experience and determine future targets. By
seeing a resume and career through a recruiter’s perspective new insights can be
revealed about a career path and job search techniques.
The following set
of three questions is asked about each position listed on the resume. These
questions can be a guide for job seekers to examine a resume, interview answers
and evaluate objectives.
How did you find out about the position? This
question can highlight the importance of networking and building trusting
relationships with colleagues and bosses. For younger candidates, early in a
career, it’s common to find jobs on job boards or websites. Eventually as
careers develop it becomes important to focus goals and create a clear
direction. Engage friends and colleagues to find new opportunities. It’s vital
to create lasting relationships at work to continually grow in your
What attracted you to the position before you started? Move
beyond “it was a great opportunity’ or “I needed a new challenge.” As you get to
know your work self and develop a career in the long term it’s necessary to seek
out work that will be motivating and engaging, that allows for professional
growth, learning new skills, developing talents and utilizing core strengths.
Seek out companies that promote noble values and work that is
What made you leave the position? There are lots of reasons
to leave a job; better pay, a bad boss, unpleasant colleagues, the job was
different than the description. Any one of these answers may be appropriate for
one job in particular. If however, the answer is the same for more than two jobs
perhaps the problem is not the job. Examine yourself to discover behaviors that
may be leading to recurring problems. If it’s difficult to find a clear answer,
seek the advice of a friend, mentor or coach to help root out the cause of
problems and formulate a proactive solution. Part of that solution may be
adjusting the type of jobs and work environments you seek.
evaluation can help direct a job search and reveal professional strengths and
weaknesses. Self-awareness can be a job seekers best tool to create clear goals
and define targets.
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