4 Modern Job Interview Questions
You think you know all about the job interview questions employers will ask you? While some of the classic questions ("Tell me a little bit about yourself," etc) still exist, many organizations are updating their repertoire to reflect current trends. Today's economic environment demands that nonprofits do their due diligence to ensure the individual they hire has the necessary skills and commitment to succeed.
With this in mind, here are four modern interview questions for which you should prepare:
- Have you used social media in previous jobs? Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few years, you will know that social media plays a huge role in most organizations' marketing practices. Even if you are not applying for a position that deals with these tools, employers want to know that you at least understand how they work. Try to give examples of the ways you have used sites like Twitter or Facebook in your previous jobs.
- How have you contributed to your most recent company's success? Simply completing tasks is not enough in today's workplace; you must show how your actions have contributed to the overall success of the company. If you don't remember the numbers or stats off the top of your head, promise to provide them in a follow-up email.
- What kind of work environment makes you the most productive and happy? Hiring managers want to make sure the person they hire will thrive both personally and professionally at their organization. You must do the proper research on the nonprofit's work environment if you are to successfully answer this question.
- Why do you want this job? This sounds like a classic interview question, but employers want different answers than before. You can't just say that the job matches up with your skills and expect to satisfy the questioner. To answer this question properly, you must explain why the position will help you achieve your career goals, and how it will help you grow as a person and a professional.