Most colleges guide students in their future career plans through the career department. For most colleges, the career department posts a database of job offers available. Therefore, students who are serious about their careers use the chance to view the available jobs opportunities.
I would not wait until I graduate to find a job or career choice. First, the career office offers guidance and mentorship for students who are keen about their future careers. Thus, I would use the help of the school’s career advisors to establish the right career path. Further, one would easily identify their most suitable careers during internship, which is a crucial stage before graduation. Furthermore, the internet has brought major changes in terms of information.
Scholars should learn about C.V writing in advance, in order to practice for the future job searches. Most firms and corporation offer their job vacancies and qualification requirements on their websites. If one is keen on viewing the competency levels of their future careers, then they will know what they should pursue and what skills they should develop. This process will enable the student prepare well for their future career roles. Moreover, the pre graduate career preparation helps the student in future interview preparation (Kenan, 2013)
If one has the right information in relation with their career options, then they will prepare in advance for the challenges that the career comes along with. For instance, if the career requires relocation or further education, the student will prepare for the requirements in advance. Personally, I am willing to relocate if I qualify for the right job. However, I would consider relocating if the job offers more, concerning my career.
My class experience was interesting. This is because we got to do a lot of field work to supplement our theoretical studies. In addition, we engaged in a lot of job shadowing that played a major role in our career choices. Personally, my class experience made me learn a lot concerning my career choice and what to major on.
- Tell us about yourself
This question is commonly asked during interviews. For candidates to answer the question appropriately, they should have prior information regarding the firm. Further, the answer should be short and precise without giving unnecessary information (Bielek, 2010).
Response: I am a university graduate holding a degree in Business Development. My profession and ambitions are aimed at improving every business that I will work for and ensure they achieve their desired growth. I am a hardworking, competent and humble person with the passion of learning new things. I am ready and willing to learn from mistakes and improve my ambition with my daily experiences. I have never been employed before and I chose your company because I believe in your organizational vision.
What are your weaknesses?
Such interview questions are very common. These questions might seem tricky because they are open-ended questions. However, one should not show their real weaknesses, which may make them appear less competent for the role. For one to answer this question correctly, one should have revised the company’s codes of conduct and asses what the company regards as strengths or weakness (Bielek, 2010).
Response: My weakness is that I am a passionate person interested in business development. Sometimes I may get choosy and against ideas that I do not believe in. However, I have learnt to work collaboratively with other people to reach a mutual understanding.
What do you know about our organization?
This is one of the most fundamental aspects of carrying out an interview. Interviewers will always want to know if you know about the business. Therefore, prior interview preparation should entail deep coverage of the company’s culture, goals and history (Morin, 2010).
Response: I am aware of your company’s culture, goals and vision. I would like to take part in the firm’s growth. I have also reviewed the last rate of stock turn over for the company’s last five years. I admire the rate of growth experienced and the level of customers’ preference for the company judging on the online comments on the organization’s webpage. Thus, I would like to take part in the growth and success of the company.
Why do you want to work with us?
This is the main question in most interviews that evaluates the potential of every interviewee. Therefore, one should always be prepared for this question. This question requires the right competency levels and high levels of job motivation (Morin, 2010).
Response: I widely admire the level of cooperation that you offer in your organization’s culture. I like your growth vision and I am inspired and hugely motivated by the level of growth that the organization has experienced over the decade. I would like to take part in the growth and offer my professionalism. Consequently, I would like to learn from my experience in the company since it huge company and I believe in the firm’s goals.
Why do you think we should hire you?
This question calls for the interviewee to give out his education qualifications, level of experience and skill for the job. Furthermore, the interviewee should explain how his or her personality best suit the job description. This should be backed with relevant examples to reveal your personal qualities (Bielek, 2010).
Response: I have a bachelor in business development; this sets the basic standards for the job position. Further, I have never been hired for an huge organization before, but I have had multiple internships that have built my competency for the job role. During my previous internships, I discovered that I can easily motivate my fellow work mates. My leadership skill is participative leadership where I welcome the fellow co-workers comments; both positive and negative. My perspective in business development is to engage everyone in business development. Consequently, the job description calls for an employee who is aware of the company’s goals and who is competent to work for the organization. I believe that my bachelor’s degree provides the concrete level of professionalism required for the job position.
What was your last salary in your previous employment?
This question requires professionalism and consideration for the previous contract. One should not reveal the terms of previous contract if they were confidential (Allen & Chudley, 2012).
Response: My previous salary was confidential between me and my last employer. The same way I would not reveal my confidential terms of contact between you and me to my future employer.
What was the weakness for the firm you used to work for?
These questions are against the terms of contact and ethics. However, for a professional business development agent, this question might be asked to measure the level of professionalism than one entails (Allen & Chudley, 2012).
Response: I have never worked for a huge firm before. However, I have noticed that most companies fail to achieve growth because of a framework of malpractices. For instance, poor employee motivation and poor organizational culture are main causes of business failure.
What is your net worth?
This question is against business ethics since it is personal. However, in the current business scenario, people who view for large positions in huge organizations are required to disclose their net worth. Consequently, some multinational corporations require one to invest a large sum of their personal money into the organization in order to get the leadership position. This is in order to acknowledge their dedication towards the role. However, in my position I would not be required to answer the question (Allen & Chudley, 2012).
Response: I’m sorry but that is personal.
I would to appreciate the chance to have an interview with your organization. It is such an honor having to meet you, and it with my deepest regards that I get to work for your organization
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