Recently, ResumeDoctor.com surveyed over 2,000 recruiters and hiring managers
worldwide in order to find out what questions are most frequently asked during
job interviews. Participants came from a variety of industries, including information
technology, marketing and sales, finance, and healthcare.
# 1 – Describe your ideal job and/or boss
During an interview, a hiring manager is looking to encourage open and honest
communication. Employers want to delve beyond the candidate’s "hard skills" showcased
in their resume. For instance, how does a candidate’s personality fit the position and
company culture? Françoise Baudrit of the hi-tech solutions firm, Lectra,
shares "The aim of this type of open-ended question is to really understand what
is important in a position for the candidate. The next questions I ask myself
becomes, ‘is this person going to fit in the organization? Is the organization
able to bring what they are expecting?’"
Professional recruiter Heidi Thorne for Probity Electronics in Plano, Texas,
added, "I ask this question early in the interview process before they know a lot
about our company culture and many specifics of the job. I am looking into their
personality to see if they will fit well within our organization. I want to see
how quickly they can think on their feet and can recover from unexpected questions."
Recruiter Tip: Do your homework on the company you are interviewing with. There
is no reason why a potential candidate cannot make a few calls to a current or past
employee of the company to get the “inside scoop” on the company’s culture. If
your personality matches the culture, when this question comes up, make sure the
interviewer sees this match.
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