Samuel Rosenberg: You are hired!

chalk writings on blackboard with the message "you're hired"Samuel Rosenberg

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday September 18, 2014 – The interview is perhaps the greatest challenge that you will face in the process of searching for a job. You must be ready for any questions that you may be asked, even the weird ones. You need to be careful not to simply blurt out the first thing that comes to mind or you will be watching all the hard work you have done up to this point go in vain.

Let us take a look at some possible dialogs between job candidates and potential employers. The answers that you give during the interview may not necessarily be interpreted in a positive light. Having conducted hundreds of interviews in the past year, here is the “behind the scene” of questions and answers I got.

Employer: “So, what are your hobbies and interests? What do you like to do in
your spare time?”

Candidate: “I like to just chill at home, playing on the Internet or watching TV.”

Employer thinks: Great, this person knows we live in the 21st century and is
passionate about wasting time!

Employer: “Why did you leave your last job?”

Candidate: “Oh, I was terminated for breach of integrity.”

Employer thinks: This is the person I want handling my cash.

Employer: “Why do you want to work here?”

Candidate: “I really need this job because there is nothing else in the market.”

Employer thinks: Well, at least this is certainly an ambitious person.

Employer: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Candidate: “Well, in five years, I see myself in your seat.”

Employer thinks: I am pretty comfortable in my seat here.

Employer: “What do you consider your greatest weaknesses?”

Candidate: “Weaknesses? Oh, I don’t have any.”

Employer thinks: Superman? How about kryptonite?

Employer: “We have had 1,000 people apply for this position and we have
narrowed it down to the top 20%. So, the number of people
competing for this job is ________”

Candidate: (Interrupting) “Oh, I know! I’m really good at math. The answer is 50
people are competing for this position because 50 is 20% of 1,000.”

Employer: CXC refresher?!

Employer: “Did you bring your CV with you?”

Candidate: (Handing over a colourful collection of pages) “Yes! I was told to be
creative with my CV, so I was sure to include lots of pictures!”

Employer thinks: Oh, that would be wonderful if this were an art museum.

Employer: The works hours are 9:00- 5:00, do you have any conflicts?

Candidate: Is there any room for flexibility?

Employer thinks: Seriously? Maybe just show up late for the interview as well.

Candidate: “So, did I get the job?”

Employer: “We’ll be in touch. Thank you for your time.”

Employer thinks: Need I say more?

As you can see, it is important to be careful with the answers you give during your job interviews. Take the time to think about the impression your responses will have on the person asking the questions. You want potential employers to see you as an ambitious, hard-working individual that is going to take the job seriously. Keep in mind, you only have one chance to get it right, so make sure you are prepared to give all the right answers.

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samuel-rosenbergThe writer is the founder and CEO of Axcel Finance Ltd., the leading regional microfinance institution. Share your thoughts and email your questions to srosenberg@axcelfinance.com