# 9 – What are your salary requirements?
Once an employer has determined that a candidate is an appropriate
match with both the position and the company the next step is
determining the financial feasibility for both parties. Sometimes,
interviewers will ask how much money the candidate makes in their
current position. Regardless of how it is asked, the question is
straightforward and demands a realistic and clear answer.
Recruiter Tip: Make sure to let the employer know that you will
consider the whole package, (benefits, healthcare, 401K, tuition
re-imbursement, etc.). Also, make sure that the employer is aware you
will consider cost of living indexes, (if relocation is involved),
possibly commuting time, (a 15 minute commute versus an hour and a half
must be worth something) and other factors such as quality of life and
interest in the work for you.
# 8 – Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation
and how you handled it?
Undoubtedly, difficult situations are bound to arise on the job.
Customer service and teamwork are two areas of business often filled
with emotions and tough situations. Thus, interviewers must determine
if a candidate is willing and prepared to handle trying circumstances
and difficult people.
Tiffany Kelchlin of Florida’s Blue Dolphin Software, Inc. clarifies,
"This interview question is designed to explore the candidate's ability
to work with a team, to work independently, and to give them the
opportunity to describe their leadership skills. It is very difficult
to explore attitude and personality in a candidate, yet these are
important factors in many positions. These types of questions usually
lead the candidate to open up a bit and talk about other attributes
they have in addition to their 'hard skills.' The interview process can
be dangerous territory and it is important to watch your step in
discussing questions concerning personality and demeanor. 'Open-ended'
and hypothetical questions have a tendency to draw the candidate out
and be extremely revealing."
Questions 15 & 14
Questions 13 & 12
Questions 11 &10
-J. Michael Worthington, Jr.
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