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5 Steps To Take Before Applying For Your Next Job.

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

Let's start with 11 of the most common interview questions.

1. Tell me about yourself. ...

2. What is your greatest strength? ...

3. What is your greatest weakness? ...

4. Why should we hire you? ...

5. What are your salary expectations? ...

6. Why are you leaving or why have you left your job? ...

7. Why do you want this job? ...

8. How do you handle stress and pressure?

9. Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it.

10. What are your goals for the future?

11. Do You Have Any Questions?

How well can you answer these questions?

Changing careers is more than your cover letter and résumé.

Getting the interview can be the easy part, it’s whether you really want the job that matters.

Rather than applying and hoping it will be something you might enjoy, known as winging it, you can start creating the life you want and then take action towards it.

When you go through a career change is can be exhausting and stressful. Therefore, you want the change to be worth your energy emotionally, financially and spiritually.

Here are 5 key steps to help you with your job application

Step 1 - Be honest with yourself, do you really want the job or are you just applying for it for the money?

This can be a tricky one. When you’re paying bills and feeding a family yes, money will play a huge part in your career. However, it’s also possible to be in a career you enjoy while making money. The key here is to do some internal work with a mentor, coach or psychologist depending on where you’re with your life.

Step 2- Why are you applying for that specific position?

If you’re only applying for the position for the money, this will be obvious in your interview. Become clear about your WHY.

Why do you want this job?

Why would they benefit from hiring you?

Step 3 - Do you know what the organisation values?

Do you support these values?

Does the organisation follow and behave in accordance with those values or just have a poster on the wall that has been forgotten about?

When you identify your values and anti-values, you will know what questions to ask in the interview and what to look for when researching the company that has the job you’re applying for.

Step 4 - Do you see yourself in this career for the next 5 to 10 years? If your answer is no, where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

When you’re going through a career change it’s just as important to think about the long term and not just finding a job. This is a chance for you to create space and choose what you really want in life. This is a chance to explore where you would love to be in 5 years, so you can start creating that vision now. Changing careers is an emotional, financial and time consuming process. It can also be uncomfortable. Creating a plan and goals now will give you a much higher chance to be where you want to be in 5 years time. This makes the change worth the effort.

Step 5 - Will this position increase your skill set, use your strengths and existing skills while growing in other skills that you would love to have?

Once you have created your 5 year vision, identify the skills you would like to improve on and strengthen to get the outcome you want. How can your strengths help you improve on these skills?

An example of this is when you have strong social skills and you want to improve public speaking. To improve your public speaking, you can start networking more (using your social skills) and increase your chances for opportunities around workshops and speaking at events.

Focus on becoming CLEAR, SPECIFIC and CONFIDENT with what you really want in life then relate that back to the job you’re applying for.

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