ENTREVISTA: O QUE ESPERAR E COMO SE PREPARAR PARA O PÓS-CRISE (Inglês)
Hoje trazemos dicas de entrevistas em Inglês para o momento Pós-Crise, que também são válidas para as entrevistas em Português. Confira:
INTERVIEWING POST-CRISIS: WHAT TO EXPECT & HOW TO PREPARE (BY JT O’DONNEL)
Although it may not seem like it right now, the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually end and with that comes businesses and jobs reopening. If you’re searching for a job during this difficult time, you know how important preparation is; it’s what will help you to stand out against the competition.
Today, I want to talk about two types of essential interview preparation:
1) What questions you should be prepared to answer in a job interview.
2) What questions you should be prepared to ask the interviewer.
A lot of things have already changed due to the COVID-19 crisis and layoffs. Some of these things you’re aware of, while some you might not be. A significant one is job interviews – it’s more important than ever to be prepared to navigate the post-crisis job search.
ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY IS 70% OF THE HIRING EQUATION.
There will be a handful of questions that hiring managers will use to assess you and your candidacy for their positions. Unfortunately, these questions don’t require one-worded responses because they are behavioral questions. Interviewers use behavioral questions because it’s a way for them to see inside your mind and get a deeper sense of who you are as a professional. Here are three behavioral questions you should be prepared to answer in your post-crisis interview:
1) WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB?
This question shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is a traditional question. However, the response to it has changed due to the current crisis. There are two ways you can respond to this question.
If you were laid off due to COVID-19, you will have a very straight forward answer that looks something like this:
“It’s unfortunate, but my company suffered from the COVID-19 crisis and was forced to let go of 400 employees, and I was one of them.”
However, there will also be job seekers who kept their job during the crisis but were forced to take a pay cut and increased workload as a result. This situation isn’t as clean-cut, so it’ll require more explanation. A response for these job seekers will look like this:
“Wow, that’s a really great question. This is not an easy one to answer because I am at my current employer. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, they had massive changes and layoffs. I was extremely lucky to keep my job, but with that came three times the amount of work and a pay cut. While I’ve been working very hard at that job, it’s not somewhere I could see myself long-term and I feel I owe it to myself to see if there might be something that is a better match for me in terms of what I’m looking to do moving forward.”
2.) WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THIS JOB/COMPANY?
Just a few short months ago, it was a job-seekers market. Job seekers were in demand which meant they could be extremely picky about where they worked and why.
Now everything has changed.
You have to respond to this question in a way that will make you stand out because everyone is interested in this job now. You must do your homework and make a case as to why you’d be intrinsically motivated to do this job. What would be your motivation to get out of bed every day and go to work? What makes you excited and motivated to grow in this position? You need to home in on this and apply it to this company and its position; let them see your passion for this job!
3.) TELL ME ABOUT A TIME YOU MADE A BIG MISTAKE ON THE JOB.
The employer wants to know that you know when you’ve made a mistake. If you reply that you can’t think of anything at the moment, you’ve just ruined your chances of getting hired. We are all human, each of us has made mistakes at work. You need to let them know that you’re comfortable enough to be vulnerable and say, ‘Yes, I’ve made mistakes and here they are…’.
In order to answer this question correctly, you must use the “Experience + Learn = Grow” model. This model looks like this:
Experience — Summarize a situation from your past that validates you have the experience they’re looking for.
Learn — Share what the experience taught you.
Grow — Emphasize how you plan to use what you’ve learned to be more valuable to the employer.
Keep in mind. when you’re responding to each of these questions it’s important to convey: Vision, Practical Knowledge, Composure, Humility, Confidence, and Concern.
30% Of Successful Interviews Comes From Asking The Right Questions.
At the end of a job interview, the hiring manager will undoubtedly ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”.
If you answer no, you’ve just raised a red flag to the hiring manager. This makes you seem uninterested in the position or company. Asking the right questions will only serve to benefit you and the company during the interview process and beyond!
As I mentioned before, everything has changed as a result of this crisis, including your priorities as an employee. To ensure that you will be happy and your needs will be met with this new role, here are three questions you must ask in your next interview:
- What has changed the most about the company’s business model as a result of the current crisis?
- What’s the company’s biggest concern with respect to being able to adapt and grow in the future?
- How will this role I’m applying for help the company succeed in overcoming this concern & succeed in their efforts?
Asking these questions will help you to determine if this position is the right fit for you and shows the hiring manager you care about the success of the business.