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In the context of the professional worthiness of a person, the question regarding career prospects is included in the list of standard questions posed to applicants during all stages of an interview. An answer to this question can shed light for an employer on several things: to what extent a candidate is ambitious and whether or not they have some aspirations.
At the same time, in addition to inquiring an applicant’s career plans, their capability of planning is discovered, and on the basis of the information obtained, it becomes possible to predict a person’s worthiness and how long they can stay with a company.
It is important that an employer sees a person capable of sound reasoning, and understands how suitable he/she is for a given position. By comparing the wishes of an applicant for further professional development with a company’s opportunities in which there is a vacant position, a recruiter can determine how well they “fit” each other.
Tips for applicants to showcase their professional worthiness
- If you are applying for a new position from another profession area, you should tell an employer that you have reached a limit in your previous job.
Draw attention to the fact that you feel strength in developing further, show your awareness of development trends of a chosen professional industry. It is advisable to mention the desire to get some new knowledge for your new specialization, attend trainings and seminars.
Emphasize that you are going to build your career not only vertically, but also horizontally, and you are interested in projects that increase your professional worth as a specialist.
Link the answer to the question about your career plans with the development curve of a company’s development. For example, if you apply for a job in Essayontime online writing service, mention that you want to learn as much as possible about the academic industry.
Before an interview with an HR manager, it is worth to carefully study a company’s activities, to study its corporate website, to see the materials in the press. If you received an invitation to an interview through a recruiting agency, ask your consultant to express your opinion on the further development of the company, especially since recruiters tend to be positive about such interest on the part of applicants. By collecting such a dossier, you will be aware of not only external events related to the company, but also get an idea of the atmosphere that reigns among your potential colleagues. This will allow you to clearly and deliberately answer an interviewer’s questions by showing a desire to grow and develop together with the company thus proving your professional worthiness.
- Despite the fact that you want to present yourself in a favorable light at an interview, it is recommended that you answer interview questions as honestly as possible.
A candidate’s answer to the question about themselves serves as an indicator of honesty, adequacy, and ability to critically approach an evaluation of one’s competencies even if honesty is not listed in the job requirements. If an applicant tries to guess an answer, either the recruiter feels a falsehood, or the person himself will face internal contradictions. A sober assessment of one’s own abilities, reasonable ambitions and a vision of themselves in the future are the most important factors when hiring a person.
- Do not forget to mention your personal qualities and personality traits.
There are some personal development questions asked during an interview as well. For example, “How do you see your future?”. The answer to it will allow an employer to understand the motivation of an applicant in choosing a particular company.
For example, a sales representative agrees on business trips in the next year and a half to become a supervisor and then a sales manager. After five years, he will already have enough experience to move to a leading position in the retail or wholesale departments. This example shows that a candidate opts for vertical growth and, therefore, he needs to focus on employment in such a company, whose priority is to ensure an internal personnel reserve, and, conversely, should not be accommodated in a small organization where there are no prerequisites for career growth.
It is obvious that many people prefer to live today without building any long-term plans for the future. In addition, not all positions require experienced strategists who are able not only to detail their future but also to systematically achieve the goals set.
Most people prefer “going with the flow”, conscientiously performing their duties and not seeking career advancement. Therefore, even if you are at a loss to answer, you should not use trite phrases, such as “I will make my own significant contribution to the company”. Your honest answer will allow a recruiter to choose you over others. And in those cases when a person submits an application for employment for a creative position, non-standard answers are generally welcome.
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