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You’ve been invited to a second-round interview for a job you want, so you’re working hard to present yourself in the best possible manner. This time around, you know interview questions will be more pointed because the candidate pool is smaller and the stakes are higher. 

The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard because you weren’t prepared for a more in-depth line of questioning. Avoid this by having responses ready for the questions below. 

What would you hope to accomplish during your first few months in the position?

The hiring manager wants an ambitious candidate who is truly excited about the job. Therefore, they ask this question to determine how much you’ve researched the role and the company. Coming in from the outside, there’s no way to know exactly what the job would entail, but this is a great opportunity to highlight the research you’ve conducted, your plan to learn the ropes, and how you’ll hit the ground running when your training wheels are off. 

Why do you want to leave your current job?

No one wants to hire someone who will likely become a disgruntled employee. The interviewer knows you want a new job, but they’re testing you to see how you’ll speak about your current company. Instead of saying something negative — i.e., “My boss is the worst.” — say something positive like, “I’ve enjoyed my tenure in my current position, but I feel like I’ve learned everything I can in the position.” 

Describe your preferred management style?

Now that the hiring manager is getting serious about you, they want to make sure you’re a fit for their management style. This will largely determine how you’ll mesh with the team, so be honest. You don’t want to start a new job, only to quickly find out it’s not a match for your personality. 

Tell me about a time you disagreed with a co-worker.

Working closely with others can be challenging. You’re not expected to get along with everyone all the time, but the hiring manager wants to know you can compromise and treat colleagues with respect — even those you don’t see eye-to-eye with. Share an example of a time you disagreed with a co-worker and the steps the two of you took to resolve the issue. 

What is your target salary?

The hiring manager wants to choose a candidate they can afford, so they need to know how much you expect to be paid. If you’re not sure how to come up with a number, consult an online resource like the Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data to find average salaries for the job title in your local area. You don’t have to give an exact number, as a small range — i.e., $60,000-$65,000 per year — will make your expectations clear. 

Ready to find a new job that fits both your career goals and personality? PrideStaff Northern Kentucky is here to connect you with top employers in Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties. Contact us today to start your search!  

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