7 Things Employers Want To Find Out During Job Interviews

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2. “Talk about a time you faced a major challenge at work.”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYyNy85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzA5Nzk5OTB9.dK1Ou27CF3JP218NxzQ38O_ogOk6BuPia1XjAOnAm7g/img.jpg” id=”f19f8″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”2I5DSF1570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Employer asks a potential job candidate a hard interview question” /><p>Employers are always trying to see how you face <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-handle-workplace-disagreements” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>obstacles at work</a> and your approach to dealing with them. Regardless of the challenge you present, the key is to demonstrate that you were able to overcome it and bring results of success.</p>

3. “What’s your greatest weakness?”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYyOC85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzE0NDg3MzF9.R5_M-ulkZ_N_BzgDGEptA0UCtXh9NvzVuslwJ0DP3Ac/img.jpg” id=”34cad” class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”GLLO671570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Job candidate answers the interview question, &quot;What&#39;s your greatest weakness?&quot;” /><p>Employers want to see how honest you are, and the way you answer can also shed light on if you’re able to overcome obstacles. <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/common-interview-questions-biggest-weakness” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Everyone has a weakness</a>, so provide an honest answer but finish off your response with how you’ve worked to improve on it so it actually isn’t a weakness anymore.</p>

4. “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYzMS85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzEyMTc5Mzd9.FdxWeGvokLzUxFN9QYh9wtoj84p6qGfmy-4xsOHJ6AA/img.jpg” id=”1b3f7″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”IYWPXC1570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Employer wants to find out where the job candidate sees herself in five years” /><p>Employers want to find out your <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/discussing-career-goals-with-boss” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>long-term goals</a>, and how they may fit into their plans. Your response should inform the employer that you’re dedicated to the profession and you have a confident outlook to move up in your career with even more experience and skills to succeed on the job. Do not give an answer that indicates you may not stay with the company.</p>

5. “Describe to me the type of work environment you desire.”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYzMi85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzExNDc1Mzh9.T-Wjh47wrG9dfQHzjGP7-m2ChMUYEaSDZw1D297DlVQ/img.jpg” id=”4d4e6″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”2T7OXG1570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Job candidate waits to answer an interview question from the hiring manager” /><p>It’s important that employers ensure you can fit in culturally and they want to understand the type of worker-boss management relationship desired. Say the person supervising is a micromanager, but you are one who has self-drive and desire empowerment. In such a case, conflict is highly likely.</p><p>Do your research ahead of time to understand the employer’s workplace culture so you respond accordingly. But it’s also important in helping decide whether you should even apply for a job because you want to <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/age-diversity-in-the-workplace” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>work in an environment</a> where you’ll be happy.</p>

6. “Why do you want to work with us?”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYzMy85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzExMzcwNjh9.qpN5E90gCX0FdvCGD8mmkitJIjnEYnOTH6Jq9KbkSRk/img.jpg” id=”13bfa” class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”PGT9PL1570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”A hiring manager asks a job candidate, &quot;Why do you want to work with us?&quot;” /><p>Employers need to find out if you’re a serious candidate for the job and if you have a <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/answer-why-you-want-this-job” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>true desire to work for the company</a> and specific field you’re applying for. If you do your research beforehand, you will have an idea of things you can call out about the employer that impresses you. It’ll also inform the employer that you’re not just randomly applying to any job, but that you have a true desire to work for them.</p>

7. “Why are you leaving your employer?”

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTk4ODYyNS85ODB4LmpwZyIsImV4cGlyZXNfYXQiOjE1NzE0NTI0NTl9.sDXr-ySNkDgplErumH11gO893pHK0vEOW8U1-iSN33g/img.jpg” id=”cc413″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”CA1N131570821603″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”A job candidate answers the hard interview question, &quot;Why are you leaving your employer?&quot;” /><p>Employers will ask this question to try to better understand your long-term goals. It’s also to ensure that <a href=”https://www.workitdaily.com/why-are-you-leaving-your-job” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>the reason you’re leaving</a> is not one that may present itself again on the new job.</p><p>If you were fired from your job, the employer wants to ensure the problem or concerns for being fired do not carry over to the new job. Focus on a response that speaks to your desire for more challenge and that will allow you to utilize your experience and skills, and help you to continue to grow them.</p>

When you understand what employers are really trying to seek out with the questions they ask, you can tailor your response so that you come off as the best candidate for the job.Are you getting nowhere in your job search? We can help! We’ve created a FREE webinar highlighting all 8 Ways You’re Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process and what to do about it!Interested? Sign up here to take back your job search today!
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