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How To Answer "What Do You Like Least About Your Job?" In An Interview

How To Answer “What Do You Like Least About Your Job?” In An Interview

What They Want To Know

When a hiring manager asks this tricky question, they want to know two things. First, can you identify that there are undesirable aspects of your job? And how do you tackle those less-than-exciting tasks? They ultimately want to understand how you handle negativity. Additionally, they’re curious to find out if you will give in to an opportunity to endlessly complain.

Answering the question “what do you like least about your job?” can be tough to navigate. This is not an opportunity to unload and commiserate about everything you dislike about your job. Instead, use it as an opportunity to express your excitement about the role you are interviewing for. Discuss an opportunity that the job you’re interviewing for would afford that your current or past positions didn’t.

Example Answer For “What do you like least about your job?”

“The thing I like least about my current position is that I don’t have the opportunity to interact directly with our accounts. While I love contributing to the overall end product we deliver to our customers, I am looking for the opportunity to interact with our partners. That’s what originally attracted me to this position, actually. I am ready to step into the position of Account Manager and make an immediate impact on customer satisfaction.”

Final Comments

If you’re more comfortable just picking something you like least about your job, keep it short and sweet. Briefly mention what it is, and explain that it doesn’t utilize your strengths or challenge you anymore. Every single job will have an undesirable aspect to it. So, naturally, it’s fine to recognize this. Just be sure to resist the temptation to vent.

If you’re partnering with a recruiting firm such as Johnson Search Group, we help prepare you for tricky interview questions like this. Ready to take the next step in your career? Contact us today to get started!

4 Next-Level Tips To Help You Rock Your Video Interview

4 Next-Level Tips To Help You Rock Your Video Interview

With so many professionals working remotely in 2020, hiring processes have changed significantly—one of the most prevalent changes being the migration towards video interviewing. If you are looking to take the next step in your career sometime in the near future, you will likely encounter a video interview. You probably know that you should dress professionally and sit in a quiet, uncluttered room. However, these four tips will help you launch your video interview to the next level.

Prep Some Small Talk

Video interviews are awkward enough without scrambling to throw together small talk on-screen. Oftentimes, a hiring manager will kick off a meeting with “So, how’s it going?” Don’t get caught off guard! It will give you a boost of confidence to have a couple of classic small-talk conversations ready. Even if it’s as simple as a podcast you enjoyed recently, a funny anecdote, or something you’re looking forward to. Pro tip: Do your research on the company ahead of time. Scour their website and social media for any stand-out talking points.

Get Comfortable With Downtime

There will be downtime throughout a video interview, whether it’s due to technical difficulties, interviewer transitions, or while they’re jotting down notes. You mustn’t let these awkward silences throw you off. Embrace a slow period and use that time to prepare for your next question, write down notes yourself, or simply to recenter.

Prepare Situational Examples

Chances are, your interviewer will ask some behavioral interview questions. Your answer should include a recount of past experiences. One of the benefits of video interviewing is that you can prep ahead of time and keep notes right next to you to reference. So, you would be remiss not to brainstorm some of the biggest moments over your career and have them on hand. Think of things like your most significant accomplishment, a time you faced conflict at work, a time you had to work together as a team, etc. For more common behavioral interview questions, check out our post here.

Keep It Candid

With millions of people suddenly thrown into working remotely, we are all in uncharted territory here. And with kids participating in remote learning, animals running rampant, and Amazon delivering limitless packages, there are bound to be some interruptions. Simply be candid about this at the beginning of your interview! Full disclosure is best, and it actually provides an opportunity to show your human side. You do miss out on the face-to-face interaction with a video interview. So, a touch of humanity during a video call allows your interviewer the opportunity to relate to you. Additionally, it helps to break down the professional barrier just a bit.

For more video interviewing tips, head over here and explore the rest of our candidate resources.

How To Nail Your Online Interview

How To Nail Your Online Interview

There’s a good chance that you have an online interview in your future. Employers are utilizing these virtual assessments as they try to streamline their hiring process and practice safe social distancing. However, it’s not the same as an in-person interview, and you shouldn’t treat it as such. Follow this guide to ensure that you nail your next online interview!

Do Your Research

Just like a traditional interview, you need to do your research on the company and your interviewer. However, you have an added advantage when you’re doing an online interview. You can keep some of the most important notes, right next to you available to reference anytime. Just make sure you don’t read off of them, they’re only there as a reminder!

Style Your Setup

When interviewing online, you’re not in the interviewer’s space. This means you are responsible for your own professional setting. Find a spot that has zero background noise, and use wireless headphones if you can! The background of your video should be simple and clean without any distractions. You want the camera to be facing you straight on, with about a palms width distance between the top of your head and the screen. If necessary, grab a few items from around the house to create the perfect setup.

Practice, Practice, Practice

We’re not going to sugar coat it; there are a lot of things that can go wrong with an online interview. In addition to traditional interview pressure, you have to deal with connection issues, sound technologies, and numerous other obstacles. You cannot practice enough! Do a dry run with a friend or family member, asking them to check for things like sound quality, a lag in Wi-Fi, and even run through some typical interview questions.

Dress For Success

We’ve all heard the horror stories about people who only dress professionally from the waist up for video interviews. You never know what could happen, so it’s non-negotiable that you FULLY dress for success for your virtual meetings. Choose neutral colors and clean lines so as not to distract from you and your thoughtfully prepared answers.

Show Your Personality

With a virtual interview, you miss the opportunity to interact in person, losing some of that chemistry. However, there are ways to show your personality! Be sure to use engaging body language throughout the whole meeting. Sit up straight, smile, and nod. You can use hand gestures, but try to keep them at minimum as they can be distracting. Don’t let the pressure of being on camera intimidate you! Answer every question with enthusiasm while being true to your personality.

If you’re still craving more job search tips, explore our candidate resources!

Video Interviews May Be The New Norm – Here’s How To Nail Them

Video Interviews May Be The New Norm – Here’s How To Nail Them

The recent global pandemic has changed how we interview and hire, not only during these uncertain times but perhaps forever! As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, employers are finding themselves scrambling to hire essential employees in order to keep their business running smoothly. But with social distancing, stay at home orders, and travel bans, that’s not as easy as it once was. Enter video interviews.

As a result of the increase in remote communication, telecommunication apps such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen increases of up to 500%. All this to say, there’s a good chance that you may have a video interview in your future. And while many of the same principles apply as in-person interviews, there are a few virtual-specific things to note to ensure that you nail your video interview.

Have a backup plan

We all know technology doesn’t always go the way we plan. There’s a chance that your internet could go down, or your microphone randomly stops working, or your computer might start an update that takes 3 hours to complete. As a precaution, make sure your interviewer knows your cell phone number and that you have your phone next to you just in case!

Set the stage

Before your interview, pick where you’ll sit for the duration of the meeting. Choose somewhere with lots of natural light and a neutral, clean background. Sit in front of your computer and turn your camera on. If you’re using a laptop, tilt your screen so that there is about a hand’s distance between your head and the top of the screen. Check out how everything looks and make adjustments as needed to lighting, what shows on the screen, and positioning. (Pro tip: run a clean microfiber cloth over your camera to get rid of any smudges – you’d be surprised at how dirty those things can get!)

Run a test

The biggest culprit of virtual meeting malfunctions is unchanged settings. It may seem obvious, but make sure your volume is turned up, and your microphone is on. If you can use good quality, discreet headphones, that often produces the best noise-canceling sound. If possible, have a friend run a test run with you! Be sure to use the same software that your interviewer has set up. After all, practice makes perfect!

Dress for success

Just because it’s a video interview doesn’t mean you get to wear pajama bottoms (sorry!). Dress for success from top to bottom. Make sure that none of your outfit elements make too much noise like bracelets or a swishy jacket. Try to limit distracting clothes or accessories, and keep your hair and face neat and clean. Not only will this ensure you look great on camera, but you’ll also feel more confident.

In the end, treat your video interview like you would any other. Be yourself, answer questions thoroughly, and always show your interest in the position and company. Interested in more interview tips? Explore more career resources here!

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3 Signs Your Interview Is Going Well

You hear all sorts of interview horror stories. Interview fail stories often go viral and can leave you feeling embarrassed and isolated. More often than not, however, your interview probably went great! But how can you tell? Check out these three signs your interview is going well, and try to keep an eye out for them during your next opportunity!

The interviewer seems to go off-script

Every interviewer goes into a meeting with a set list of questions, many of which you’ve heard before. If your interviewer asks you a lot of follow up questions or seems to go a little rogue from the typical questions, that’s a good thing! Don’t be afraid to go a bit more in-depth on your answers when this happens. The hiring manager just wants to understand your skills and experiences and how they relate to the position you’re interviewing for.

Your interview goes longer than the allotted time

This is not to say that if your meeting does not extend past the original schedule that it did not go well! Many interviewers can determine you’re a great fit in a short amount of time. However, if it goes long, trust that they are interested in what you have to say! They would not waste their time on someone who hadn’t made a good impression.

They coordinate next steps

This one may seem obvious, but there’s an important distinction to note. If your interviewer tells you what the next steps are, that’s great. However, you undoubtedly made a great impression if they coordinate the next step while you’re still there! Setting up another interview, organizing a meeting with other team members, or even discussing an offer, let’s you know you nailed it.

So, how do you prepare to nail an interview? Check out our blog for more resume and interview tips.

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Interview Tips and Mistakes to Avoid

As a mining and heavy industrial recruiter, I get a unique perspective of companies’ interviewing processes and procedures. While working with dozens of clients, I have seen a wide array of interview types. The most common interview process my candidates go through is the initial phone interview. After every interview, I get the opportunity to get feedback from both the candidate and the hiring manager. Even in today’s tight market, there are some things many candidates, unfortunately, do that can hurt their chances of securing a new job opportunity.

Even the most experienced job seekers are prone to interview mistakes. Here are several interview tips to be cognizant of during the initial screening.

Make a strong first impression

Making a good impression over the phone can be difficult. An excellent way to combat this is to prepare yourself for the phone interview properly. First of all, know your audience! Take some time to learn about whom you’ll be interviewing with and do your due diligence on the company. If you are working with one of my fellow recruiters at Johnson Search Group, we will prep you for your phone interview. We tell you who you’ll be speaking with and give you some guidelines to have a successful conversation.

We always recommend getting yourself in a quiet space if possible, with good reception and a fully charged phone. Have the job description and your resume in front of you. Also, when you answer the phone, be upbeat and start with a simple, “Hello, this is <state your name>.” This may seem like common knowledge, but it sure beats an awkward exchange at the beginning of the phone call.

Always be prepared

After you exchange some pleasantries, the actual interview will begin. You can generally expect this common question out the gate: “Why are you on the job market?” It can be helpful to have an answer already formulated, explaining why you are interested in the position. And if your working with one of our recruiters, we will help you devise an appropriate response. TIP: Never bad-mouth your employer!

After a few more follow up questions, the interviewer will ask about your experience and likely walk through your resume. This is why having your resume in front of you is helpful, as you discuss different jobs, qualifications, or accomplishments listed on there.

As the interview wraps up, they will ask if you have any questions. Here’s another tip: ALWAYS have questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Whether it’s a technical skill question, leadership question, or a question about the hiring process, try to have questions ready for your interviewer.

Questions to avoid

Avoid asking questions regarding time off, the benefits package, and the compensation. While these are essential questions, asking these questions during your initial phone interview is not the right time, unless they bring it up. If you are working with us, we will help you navigate these difficult conversations. If you have questions about compensation or the process, we can ask the hiring manager or human resources, so you don’t have to tiptoe around them.

At the end of the interview, be sure to tell them that you’re interested in the position, as well as ask for the next steps. This will let the interviewer know that you’re serious about the position and excited about the opportunity.

Partner with a recruiter

If you’re thinking about looking for a new opportunity, have you thought about partnering with a recruiter? My team and I will help you through the entire interviewing process, from start to finish. We will help prep you for each interview and ensure you’re ready for every single step of the way. Reach out to one of my talented colleagues or me if you’re ready to make your next career move.

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3 Things To Avoid During An Interview

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When you go into an interview, it’s important to put your best foot forward. That being said, there are a few things you should try to avoid during this prime opportunity to make a first impression. And no, we don’t mean the more obvious stuff like no cursing or dressing unprofessionally. These mistakes are more subtle, but will still leave a strong impact on Hiring Managers.

Filler Words

We are all familiar with the typical “filler words” you are advised to avoid: um, uh, like, hm, etc. However, there are a few more phrases that candidates habitually use that are a turn-off for Hiring Managers. One filler phrase that we have noticed popping up more frequently is “you know what I mean?”

It’s often hard to self-evaluate and determine whether you use a filler word or phrase. The best way to discover whether you do or not is to record a mock interview and listen to your answers! Once you’re aware of what your go-to words are, it will be much easier to avoid them in a formal setting.

Negative Tone

You want to make a positive first impression, right? Well, using a negative tone throughout your interview will have the exact opposite effect. Avoid speaking about your former employers or jobs unfavorably, even if that’s the reason you’re hunting for a new position. Instead, focus on the positive aspects that you are looking for in your next role!

Casual Language

No matter what stage of the interview process you are in, you should never let your guard down. If you are in the office for an “informal meet-and-greet,” out to lunch with the team, or even negotiating the final details of your offer, it’s essential to remain professional. This extends from how you dress to your language choices, and even to topics of conversation. It’s best to avoid casual language such as “awesome,” “totally,” and “you guys.”

If you have an upcoming interview and need a little refresher, check out some of our top job interview prep advice. We have dozens of tips and tricks to set you up for success!

These Interview Questions Will Reveal The Most About Candidates

When interviewing candidates, not every question is created equal. If you’re referencing an outdated list of interview questions that you found on the internet, you’re doing yourself (and your candidates) a disservice. A focused list of purposeful questions can reveal a lot about a candidate and how they’ll fit into your open position.

Behavioral questions

These questions typically begin with, “tell me about a time…” Your aim is to have the candidate explain past situations and how they handled them. Try to customize the question to accurately represent situations they would encounter if they were to join your team. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  • Tell us about a time when you did not meet a customer’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  • When you’re working with a large number of customers, it can be difficult to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?
  • Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with the situation?
  • Explain a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
  • Tell us about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.
  • Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

Personalized questions

Questions that directly relate to a candidate’s resume and experience will always reveal a lot about them and how they’ll function at your company. Try asking them to expand on statistics listed on their resume. Additionally, choose projects they’ve worked on that are especially pertinent to the role they’re interviewing for and ask them to elaborate.

We encourage you to continue asking personalized interview questions throughout your entire meeting. If something a candidate says sparks your interest, don’t be afraid to follow up and ask for more information.

Application questions

Every company and every team has unique situations that your employees run into. Be sure to ask your candidates real-world application questions that could be a part of their everyday life if they secure this job. Maybe there’s a project that your team is currently brainstorming. Ask the candidate about their ideas or how they would approach that particular situation.

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

In this day and age, video interviews are becoming more and more standard practice. As the competition for hiring increases, managers are looking to streamline the hiring process however they can. If you get scheduled for a video interview, don’t fret! Follow these 5 preparation tips and you’ll be well on your way to landing that next step in your career.  

Practice, practice, practice 

One of the most difficult things about a video interview is the propensity for technological issues. From slow internet to software slipups, there are so many tech obstacles that can arise. The best way to head these off is by practicing ahead of time. Make sure you download any necessary software and try to run through a trial connection. Hardwire your computer, if possible. The stronger your connection, the better! 

Prepare like it’s an in-person interview 

A video interview is between a phone interview and an in-person interview. Thus, you should be prepared for anything. Your interviewer may ask some more in-depth questions. One advantage of a video interview is that you can have some quick notes up on your screen.  Just be sure to keep them concise, so you’re not spending the entire interview reading! 

Dress for success 

Just because you’re able to do a video interview from the comfort of your own home, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to dress in full professional attire, from head to toe. Stick with neutral colors and plain patterns. Not only will this help you look sharp on screen, but it will also give your confidence a boost! 

Clear the background 

It’s absolutely essential that you have a minimalist background for your video interview. Make sure there’s no clutter and that you are in a professional setting. Interviewers don’t want to see bed pillows behind you! If you can, try to set up in an office or at a kitchen table with tasteful décor. 

Send a thank you note immediately 

This one stands true for all interviews, but is definitely worth repeating! After your video interview, you’ll already be settled at your computer. Take the opportunity to type of a quick thank you note to your interviewer. Don’t forget to include details from your interview that will help set you apart and leave a memorable impression. 

JSG Spills Our Favorite Interview Questions

Our team talks to thousands of candidates day in and day out. It’s our job to have conversations with and evaluate hundreds of people for each position to get to the one or two candidates that will make an immediate impact into an organization. From this process, each one of our Account Executives has narrowed down a favorite interview question that really helps them get to know who they’re talking to. We’ve asked them to spill the beans and share those favorite interview questions (and some even gave the answers they look for!)

Mining

Jeremy Johnson: Can you do the job? Would you do the job? Will you relocate?

Ken Heller: Tell me about your background.

Alex Price: Why did you join the mining industry?

Dana Belstler: Where do you see yourself going?

Jeremy Johnson: Explain your job in layman’s terms.

Banking

Krista Portolesi: Why are you looking for a new opportunity?

Mike Muglia: What does your next opportunity look like?

Tracy Isakson: Doesn’t really have a specific question – asks a series of questions to really understand each candidate on a deeper level.

Healthcare

Michelle Smith: What do you like to do for hobbies?

Dallas Williams: What does relocation look like for you?