Interview Questions: What Employers Should Want From Them and What Job Seekers Should Give (Part I)

Interview Questions: What Employers Should Want From Them and What Job Seekers Should Give (Part I)

Whether you’re an employer or job seeker, you are probably no stranger to the various lists of top interview questions that pop up around the Internet.

Sometimes, however, even though we know what these questions are, we’re not entirely sure what exactly we are supposed to get out them.

As an employer, interviewing should mean maximizing the amount of crucial information needed to make an educated decision on whether or not you should hire a candidate. For job seekers, the process means ensuring that you are able to answer these questions honestly in order to get hired, while still maintaining your credibility.

Throughout this series, we’re going to break down the five most common interview questions according to Glassdoor, and giving you the employers’ perspective, as well as the job seekers’ perspective. Take a look below for the first question:

5. Why do you want to leave your current company? (Alternatively: What do you like/dislike about your current job/employer?)

Employers: For a question like this, you are looking for the motivating factors behind the candidate’s decision to apply for a position in your company. More often than not, this is a great way to gauge their character and see if they are suited for your company. Most importantly, you want look for a response that indicates that they desire to enhance your company, whether that means they’re go-getters, leaders, or looking for a challenge.

Job Seekers: The key is to be honest without being too frank with the interviewer. Avoid being too negative in your response, such as bad mouthing your former employer, as it may give the interviewer a bad impression. Instead, stick to discussing the positive changes to your career as you move forward from your current job, whether that has do with challenging yourself, a change in environment, newer/better experiences, more responsibility, etc.

Check back over the next few days as we go through the other most common interview questions.

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