Simply memorizing answers will not increase your chances of getting hired. If you really want to stand out, pay attention to how you look at your job-hunting communications. You need to tackle the most important concerns head-on if you want to create a strong case for your candidacy.
Find out what the employer’s biggest needs really are. It’s best (and easier) to communicate how you can be of help to solve the company’s problems and issues based on your experience.
Be prepared for the following questions:
Have you recently handled this?
Employers need to know if you’ve encountered certain situations before. What’s the nature of your relevant experience? Focus on the recent past. Recruiters and employers won’t care what you were doing 15 years ago. Much has changed as to how tasks and issues are handled today.
State in your resume and cover letter what you’ve done recently that will be significant to the job available. Where applicable, share stories about your successes and how you were able to achieve your goals.
Can you do what needs to be done here and now?
Don’t lose hope if you haven’t had similar job responsibilities. Consider how you can demonstrate that you’re capable of handling new responsibilities.
Understand what you need to do in the role and convince the hiring manager that you are up to the challenge. Don’t just claim that you can be successful at it—Show how you can succeed!
Highlight all the relevant skills and explain your experience. As an additional tip, you can also indicate in your cover letter why you are seeking a greater level of responsibility with an improved rank and salary that go along with it (if that is in fact the case).
What are the chances you’ll flee to a better opportunity as soon as one presents itself?
It’s often quite difficult for overqualified applicants to convince hiring managers that they want to tone down their responsibilities. That can make recruiters hesitant, especially if experience and achievements don’t align with what the job requires. Just make sure you know how to demonstrate your goals and desires to your potential employers throughout the hiring process.
Good luck with your job hunt!