â€œTell us a little about yourselfâ€: So many candidates mess this question up by providing TMI—Too Much Information! The best way to respond to this question is to reintroduce yourself: First, give one piece of personal information. Then, state your education or training (if applicable). Next, share a brief history of your relevant experience, and summarize your career goals. Finally, close with one interest or hobby.
Your response should sound something like this: â€œMy name is Mike Jobseeker. Iâ€™m originally from Chicago, but Iâ€™ve been in New York for 5 years. I graduated from NYU with my bachelor’s in finance in 2008. I worked for my previous employer as a teller for five years. Iâ€™m seeking an opportunity as a financial analyst where I can grow and learn more about the industry. Iâ€™m my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.â€
â€œWhat are your salary requirements?â€: Even though we work because we want to get paid, questions about salary are often surprising and uncomfortable to answer, especially during the first interview. If an employer asks about your salary requirements, itâ€™s because they want to know if what youâ€™re expecting is in the same range as what theyâ€™re offering.
First, be honest in your response. Thereâ€™s no need to state an extremely low salary if you know you arenâ€™t willing to accept a job in that pay range. At the same time, you donâ€™t want to give a really high amount that you arenâ€™t qualified for or that is unreasonable. Second, always give a range. â€œBased on my experienced and education, I am seeking a salary between $40,000-$50,000 per year.â€
â€œDo you have any questions for us?â€: This question is almost always asked at the end of every interview. Job seekers should always have several questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
Take advantage of this opportunity by asking relevant questions or raising issues that are important to you. â€œIs there any travel required for the position?â€ or â€œWill I receive formal training for this position, or will I be taught on the job?â€or “Does your company offer opportunities for advancement or promotion?â€
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