How to Answer Tough Questions on an Interview

No matter how prepared you are as a job seeker, there is always going to be the prospect of being asked tough interview questions. This is especially true when companies are looking for ways to identify the top job candidates available. Difficult or odd interview questions are often thrown in to stump candidates in order to evaluate their ability to think on their toes.

How will you answer tough questions during your next interview? Here are some examples of tough interview questions you may be asked, and how to ace them!  If possible, ask for the complete job description before the interview to help you prepare.  If you are working with a financial recruiter or staffing agency, you most often will be able to obtain this information on the job requirements.

Why did you leave your last job?

This can be a tricky one, particularly if you were terminated or if you left for a negative reason. The best course of action is to be as brief as possible, but be truthful. Do not say anything negative about your former boss, co-workers or company. And never lie about the situation – that might work in the short term, but will come back to haunt you in the long run.

Are you looking to change careers?

If you have applied for a job that is unrelated to your work history, or if you have been with your current employer for a short time, it can appear that you are a job hopper of sorts. It’ important to state that you are always learning as a professional and find that you are open to new experiences. Prior to the interview, consider your skills that are transferrable and show how you can use your past experiences to bring value to this job.

How would your peers describe you?

Think about how you have interacted with your co-workers in the past. Share some positive experiences, and be sure to add that you are viewed as trustworthy, reliable, knowledgeable, and a real team player. When talking about completing a team project, don’t take all the credit. Explain your role and compliment your team members.

What are your weaknesses?

Be careful with this interview question. You will want to share some things that you may find yourself to be somewhat weak in, but here’s the trick – make them actually positive traits. For example, you are honest to a fault, or you are so organized your co-workers tease you.

Why should we hire you?

Very often, an employer will come right out and say they have other candidates, so why should they consider you for the job? Try to show some passion for the industry here, and be sure to state that you are dedicated to exceeding expectations and learning all you can to be the best employee for this open position. Back these statements up by providing facts and examples from your working experience.

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How to Get Your Accounting and Finance Credentials Noticed on LinkedIn

It’s true that working in the financial industry takes a lot of hard work, a strong education, and outstanding finance credentials. But all of this doesn’t matter if your LinkedIn profile is not getting noticed by the right recruiters. Why? Because 90 percent of all hiring companies are checking out finance and accounting candidates on LinkedIn and other social media platforms before calling them in for interviews.

As a serious contender, you might have an excellent LinkedIn profile that may be updated all the time, but it could still be hard to get it noticed. Here, we will discuss how to get your finance credentials noticed on LinkedIn so you can secure a solid job within the industry.

Tell Recruiters Who You Are

Right off the bat, make sure you tell recruiters who you are so they do not have to guess what you do for a living. Use keywords related to your financial profession in your headline so it is picked up by search engines. The headline is the first part of your LinkedIn profile that recruiters notice, so make sure it counts.  Make sure you include your e-maill address, so it is easy for recruiters to reach out to you.

Validate All Claims Made on LinkedIn

If you make any claims about your financial background on your LinkedIn profile, be sure to validate all of them with strong recommendations. The recommendations should come from trusted sources, such as former employers, mentors, professors and co-workers who know you well and know your body of work. If you work independently in finance, you can acquire recommendations from clients.

Use LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

LinkedIn offers a publishing platform that you should take advantage of if you want recruiters to notice your financial credentials. By writing articles and publishing them through LinkedIn’s publishing platform, you will be able to develop thought leadership within your industry. Make sure you write articles about your profession so recruiters who are looking for financial candidates can find your expertise on LinkedIn and then browse your profile.

Write a Top-Notch Summary

As with your headline, your summary on LinkedIn must include keywords related to the financial industry. If possible, write the summary in first person because it comes across better to recruiters. The summary should be no shorter, and no longer, than two sentences. After the two sentences, make sure the summary has a “proficient in” list that talks about your strongest skills.

Provide Examples

When writing a financial LinkedIn profile, make sure you provide examples of all claims made on your profile. For example, if you said you helped an employer save money, make sure the amount is mentioned in your profile. This helps recruiters understand what it is you accomplished at your job and how it helped the company. Also, write down how you saved the money in as descriptive a way as possible.

It is imperative that your LinkedIn profile is as strong as possible when searching for a financial job because it will help in the long run. Recruiters use LinkedIn more and more these days to find the best candidates, so be sure you follow the tips above to get noticed and invited to an interview.

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