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How To Answer Common interview questions, part 2.

Last month we posted a blog on the 5 most common interview questions hiring managers ask prospective candidates. We have decided to expand this list with a further 5 questions that are almost as common and that many people get stuck on.

How would your current boss describe you?
Be honest here, should you get the job these people will be asking for a reference from your manager. You should then try and use this opportunity to talk about other strengths that you haven’t been able to speak about so far, like getting involved in other projects.

What salary are you looking for?
This isn’t an opportunity to get a £10k pay rise unless that is what the pay of the role you are going for is valued at. Make sure you do your homework and find out what the normal salary is for this role. Sites like Glassdoor and Payscale should be able to help. Once you have a pay range based on your skills and level, go in at the top of that range. This shows that you know your skills are valuable and you are not just chasing money, but you must show you are willing to negotiate.

Give us an example of when you have dealt with conflict at work.
The interviewer simply wants to understand how you will deal with a difficult situation. You should give an example using the S-T-A-R method. S – Situation, set up the situation where the conflict occurred. T – Task – explain what you were doing in the situation. A – Approach – what action did you take and how was the issue resolved? R – Result – What was the result of the action you took? Be sure to end with a positive.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
This isn’t a trick questions. It is asked as hiring managers want to know both how you may fit into the company culture and to see a little more of your personality come through with your answer. You don’t have to answer with work related activities, be honest, but do keep it professional. Feel free to say you like to have a few drinks with friends but leave out the hangover details.

Do you have any questions for us?
Most of your questions about a role will probably have already been covered by the time this questions comes around. Questions about the company’s future growth plans are always important to know and will unlikely have been answered. Also feel free to ask the interviewer what they like about working for the company.

If you are applying for a job through a recruitment company, they should also be able to help you with any worries you have before an interview. We at Ascension Global Recruitment guide our candidates through the whole process. We know that interviews can sometimes be incredibly scary or intimidating, but we are here to guide you.

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