One of the worst cases we encounter in interviews is – apologizing for everything! Why should we be the victim, where the recruiters don’t get the chance to apologize for anything they do? In many interviews, I’ve attended or have heard of, recruiters almost always try to own us. It seems as the don’t require our services. Even before hiring us, recruiters act as they already have become our worst nightmares – the bosses. What is your current salary? Why are you here when you don’t have ALL those skills we are looking for? And all those creepy questions, making us the apologizer!
I’m too tired and done with all those interview questions making me jump into that never ending dark holes. For this, I’ve been trying something new, something that don’t conceive that I’m the one in deepest need of a job and that the recruiter doesn’t care whatever I say or do. And here I’m with this blog for those trying to land new jobs in Pakistan.
So far, I’ve come up with these five simple tips to answer some rude questions (well not that simple!):
Question – What’s your BIGGEST weakness?
First thing – this sounds somehow idiotic. Who’ll share his/her biggest lose holes? Even when the recruiters ask, “What are your strengths?” this makes me laugh. Anyone can come up with an impressive story and get that job. But the real story comes out of shadows when s/he is hired.
Secondly, we usually don’t dig deeper to find out our weaknesses, but others. And if we do make up a story to impress the interviewer, chances are – the interviewer already is familiar with the answer and don’t fall under your spell.
So, what must you do when thrown this lame question? Should you walk away? I was reading an article, and the author said to walk away when asked this questions. I would have to deny this, as this isn’t a right way. Rather, you can be a polite interviewee and try something like this:
“Well, I don’t think this is a fair question. This question is getting old, and anyone can come up with a perfect answer to impress you. And I believe you’re also well aware of this. How could you fall into my trap, when you have a good hunch that I’m NOT going to share the biggest weakness with you?”
And if the interviewer is still insisting on getting the answer, you can throw back an answer that is quite impressive and book you a position for that job post.
Question – What’s your current salary?
Another strange (rather insulting) question. Would you ask “what is or was the salary you’re paying for the same job?” No, and even if you did, chances are you won’t get the answer.
This question is nothing but a way to negotiate. I always have been telling the truth, and what I get is a little more than my current salary. And I was flying in the air that I’m the perfect match.
Small companies are usually concerned with the outgoing cash. They pay little attention towards the skills and education. But for larger companies, they’ve to cater everything in mind. But still this isn’t the question one should ask.
But what one should say when asked this question? Try incorporating this in your answer – “My expectations are Rs.X. Is this within your salary range?”
Some might like this, but most of them would try extracting the answer no matter how much you avoid this question. And sometimes you may have to go with the flow.
Question – The Job requirements say that you must have X qualifications/skills/number of years, but you don’t have these. Why should we consider you?
I would blame the job seekers here. Many of us don’t read carefully and start sending our applications. And then complain that we don’t get a callback. This is your responsibility to read and comply with the requirements of the job. If you don’t fit in, don’t bother to waste your credits. Usually we say that applying in every job doesn’t matter, but in fact, it does give a negative impact.
However, when you’re certain that you can fit in and are being asked this question, you can respectfully say, “no one is a perfect match. Even though I don’t have the required experience, skills or education, but I have the talent to take this job and can prove to be a worthy match for the company.”
You don’t have to be apologetic for not fulfilling the requirements all-in-all, but when you’re confident enough, you must not hesitate to apply and talk to the interviewer.
Question – Can you ensure your availability on off days?
“Why? Are you the kind of companies who try to get the most out of the least?” You don’t just say it! But you need to make it certain that your work life is kept apart from your personal life. But again, I’m not suggesting to walk away just if you’re asked this. Sometimes companies need you more than you, and sometimes it’s better to show your presence on the laziest days.
Making a call when on weekends or on leave is no right of them. It’s your RIGHT to take days off and do whatever you’ve to do.
Okay, you nodded your head in affirmative, but you can also bounce back (graciously) with “what if I need to take a short day off? Would I be allowed if got an emergency?” I think they won’t say a straight NO!
Although, you must live a balanced life, but at times you have to lean down and sometimes they also need to show their good part!
Do not bow to every demand (not a question, but an advice)
Most of the times, recruiters think that they don’t need you, but you need them. If this is what the interviewer is expecting, you don’t have to go any further, even if they offer you a great salary package. It’s sad that most of the companies in Pakistan think that they are owning an individual and not hiring him/her for the services. Your current employer could be like this, and this shows that they don’t want to see you grow. They’ll try to hold you back and always try to depict that you mean nothing to them.
Well in cases, they can be right but only when you’ve been doing it all wrong. But if you’re damn sure that you’re putting all your efforts and love your job, you don’t have to look at them for any sympathy. Jobs in Pakistan or wherever, it’s a case of mutual understanding. You can’t go along without your employer neither your employer can.
I’ve appeared in many job interviews, heard many stories and read hundreds of blogs/articles/stories where job seekers are always acting like a scared mouse, and the recruiter is acting like a cat, ready to grab you if you try to go against their will. But you don’t have to be apologetic for everything!
It’s time to rise up and show that you aren’t an unwanted stuff. You have a worth and you’ve feelings, too. Promptly (but courteously) answer all the questions. And I’m pretty sure when you show your true strengths (not physically), you’ll get any job you landed for an interview.
So best of luck folks, and be a proud JOB SEEKER!