Randstad Canada offers job seekers tips to help answer tough interview
questions, ace the interview and land the job they want.
TORONTO, July 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Encountering tough interview questions during a job interview can be a stressful experience. But according to
Randstad Canada, the country's leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services, good preparation is the key to answering even the toughest
questions with confidence.
Stacy Parker, Executive Vice President of Randstad Canada says when it
comes to tough interview questions during an interview, jobseekers
should focus on the outcome. "Tough interview questions are an
opportunity for job seekers to show that they know what they want, they
are proud of their career path and looking for an opportunity to grow.
Well handled, a tough interview can become a real door opener," she
Below, Parker highlights some of the toughest questions an employer can
ask, and offers advice on how to answer them:
Tell me about yourself?
This question may be challenging because you need to find a good balance
between providing enough information about yourself, without rambling.
The key is to keep your answers focused on information relevant to the
What are your weaknesses?
This is one of the questions job seekers fear the most. The best way to
answer is by choosing a professional trait and explain how it can be an
advantage if well managed. When you identify a weakness, remind the
employer you are actively taking actions to correct it. For example, "I
used to have trouble with procrastination, now I have learned to write
down a list of things that I need to do, and keep a calendar to keep
track of deadlines."
Why did you leave your previous job, and why are you leaving your
Be as honest and specific as possible. Remain positive and focused on
the future. Always be respectful of your previous employer. If you
currently have a job, focus on what kind of skills you want to develop
and how this position fits in with your career plan.
What are your long-range career goals?
The employer wants to know if you can see yourself working for the
company on a long-term basis. Emphasize that you want to secure a
position that offers opportunities to grow, develop skills and take on
challenges and responsibilities. Do not indicate that you hope to start
your own business, change careers or are thinking of going back to
What are your salary expectations?
Try to avoid giving out a precise number at this point. Focus on how
important it is for you to learn more about the job. If pressed to
answer - give a range of what you understand you are worth in the
Do you have any questions?
This is a great opportunity to show your interest in the company. Ask
questions about the company's culture, advancement opportunities and
what you can expect from your future colleagues.
According to Parker, the key to a great interview is preparation. "An
interview is a great opportunity to reflect on your past
accomplishments and future goals," she says. "Take the time to review
what you have done, where you want to go, be honest and to the point.
If you engage in conversation in a compelling, relevant and positive
way with your prospective employer, you'll give yourself the best
chance to land the job you want."
Visit the Randstad Canada's Career Tools page to watch our video on behavioural interviews or visit Randstad Canada's YouTube page for more tips and techniques that will help you maximize your job search
process and career growth opportunities.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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