Interview questions such as "What are your biggest strengths?" might feel cliche, but you need to take them seriously by preparing responses beforehand, Heather Huhman writes. For instance, the question, "Why do you want to work here," is designed to find out whether you have done your research about the company and understand its mission. "The strongest answers are unique and will give you a leg up in the competition," Huhman writes.
More than 60% of workers said in a GlassDoor.com survey that elements of their job weren't what they expected while interviewing. Nearly 40% said they were surprised by elements of their job responsibilities, and more than a third said their boss' personality was different than what they expected.
Competition for jobs as companies ranked as best places to work can be tough, but there are ways to improve your chances such as researching the interviewer via social media beforehand, experts say. You "may discover you both are passionate scrap-bookers or die-hard fans of last year’s Super Bowl winners. Then use that information to your advantage," says Kevin Ricklefs of CHG Healthcare.
If you ask someone for help in finding a job, make it as easy on them as possible, such as attaching a résumé to your e-mail request or writing a referral note about yourself that they can simply pass along, Rusty Rueff writes.