Being a professional for nearly five years now, I have dawned various job roles spanning across three industries. From content to publishing to KPO, back to publishing followed by online marketing and now eyeing the corporate editorial domain I have learnt a lot. Not only have I matured as an individual but grown as a professional as well.
It goes without saying that appearing for interviews and written tests had been an integral part of my professional life. Needless to say that I have appeared for several of such activities throughout my short tenure and have of course learnt a lot.
Of late, I have been observing the changing trends dominating this segment. Typical interview questions have undergone certain and sometimes a twist infused into them. While the basic essence remains the same, one has to mould answers as per the questions. Here’s a look:
http://disabled-musicians.org//wordpress.org Earlier: Tell Me Something about Yourself
This is one of the most ubiquitous questions and often the most difficult to answer; while in the new role you have to club and mould the answer accordingly. Placed on a broad canvas, journey can imply a lot many things – personal and professional.
It is best to start with a precise version of your complete career history. Try to keep is as concise a possible. Next you can give a brief summary of your achievements that would capture the interviewer’s interest. Try and focus on an achievement that can be explained easily. If the question does not specify what kind of journey, you may touch upon your educational career but do not exaggerate; keep is short and crisp.
Earlier: Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
Now: What are your long-term goals/and how do you plan to achieve them?
While the way of approach has changed, the expectations of the employers remain the same. The purpose of asking this question is to understand as to whether c candidate is looking for a career or just a job. Employers try to gauge whether your goals coincide with the organization’s goals or not; also whether you have a realistic goal for the future or not. Do not get caught without a long-term plan; do not sound overambitious ; while future is always unpredictable and everyone understands things and circumstances can change, try to strike a balance keeping in mind your expectation and also what the company expects out of you in the future. Make them understand that you are driven and you are here to contribute towards the company’s goals at the same time nurturing your personal goals as well. The bottom line is they want to that you are loyal and you are willing to make commitment for at least five years.
Earlier: Describe/Sum up yourself in three words
Now: How would your teammates/coworkers describe you?
This question gives you a free pass to spell out your best qualities without seeming to boast – after all, it’s what your friends or colleagues would say! Their question is designed for you to put forward your strengths, but remember there is a difference between pride in how you believe you’re perceived and arrogance. Some powerful words in this regard would be: trustworthy, attentive, motivated and methodical.
While I am still grappling somewhere and yet to figure out my exact position in the professional life, till then I should brace myself up for my future interviews.