For years now, the questions that we’re all being asked by recruiters have been pretty much the same, so let’s get them out of the way! At the bottom you’ll find some less common questions that I’ve been asked during job interviews before.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is the professional version of asking someone to get married on a first date. I feel like recruiters expect you to announce your undying loyalty to their company and any answer not in line with that desire gets met with an “aha” or an “interesting” and an increase in typing or writing things down. Things have changed since the days where giving someone the job they applied for meant they would stay with you for the next 40 years. Right now, it’s up to the company to make sure that in 5 years I still want to be there.
I love constantly learning new things and educating myself, do you offer relevant training courses for your employees and allow them to propose their own? I’m am ambitious to develop my career but your job posting made no mention of the growth possibilities for this job, what are they? I love a good challenge, does the company too?
But hey, if you still want a cookie cutter answer then let me tell you that I’m loyal to those who give me the opportunity to prove myself. I’ve worked at the same place for 10 years as a student and stuck with the same group of people (aka guild) in World of Warcraft for years. I don’t jump ship on a whim so if it’s loyalty you want, then you got it.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Why should we hire you over other applicants?
How do you deal with pressure?
What have you been doing since you left your last job?
Good question! I’ve been doing quite a lot actually. Growing my LinkedIn has been one of those things and I wrote an entire post on the platform explaining just what I’ve been up to and how it adds value to my career. You can read it here.