Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
INTERVIEWS / JUL. 25, 2013
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How to Answer the Hardest Interview Question

Job interviews are stressful and difficult as it is, and it doesn’t help that many recruiters are adding various stages in the hiring process to actually get the job. Gone are the days when you had one job interview that would determine whether or not you get the job, now candidates have to jump through all sorts of hoops to qualify for the interview stage itself.

The reason why the hiring procedure has been stretched by a mile and more is to ensure that companies do not make a poor decision. Finding the right employee is almost as difficult as finding a life partner - you never know what will go wrong, so the courtship period is lengthened to make the most effective hire.

The interview questions have been revamped as well as the techniques. Recruiters want to know the candidate before they sign the contract, and one of the ways to do this is by asking tough interview questions. A shocking number of candidates get stuck on the all-time classic question: What are you looking for in your next role?

While the question appears easy and simple to answer, many candidates struggle to answer it to demonstrate their full abilities. Here are 3 potential answers, or a combination of them, to consider before you jump the gun:

Opportunity for Growth

Explain how you would like to experience growth in a new role and how it is something which keeps you motivated at work. If you are seeking progression, then you need to mention this within your interview because it is a point that demonstrates your desire for development and improvement.

More Money

While blatantly stating that money as your reason to leave a job can lead to a sticky situation, candidates should not be discouraged from stating their ultimate goal. If more money is your motivation for a new role, then don’t be afraid to mention this as it will show the recruiter that you are a driven person who seeks progression.

Better Benefits

As the underdog answer of this question, better benefits is the perfect answer for those who intend to fall in love with their job, aka the workaholics. Those who spend more time at work are usually employees who want to have the free coffee, the extra perks (gym on site, anyone?) and seek a job that that offers them a package the helps them have it all: a good job, health, happiness and a life. 

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