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3 Concerns Employers Have That Every Job Candidate Should Address

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Every time anyone goes shopping for, let’s say, a vacuum cleaner, there are certain questions that they have about the product:

 

* Does it fit my budget?
* Will it live up to what it claims?
* Will my expectations be fulfilled?

In the same way, employers have similar questions and concerns in mind when they go shopping for new employees. You are competing with a variety of candidates, and this is a good place to start when you build your CV, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or interview conversations.

1. What are your Salary Expectations?
“Does it fit my budget?” is translated to this question when it comes to a job candidate, and while it can make most potential employees awkward, this question goes a long way in helping the hiring party determine whether or not you fit their budget. It is probably a good idea not to name a particular number so early on, and the employer really only wants an estimate to be sure you’re not too expensive and how you will handle the final negotiations. So it is better to provide a detailed salary history instead to let them decide what they would need to pay you.

2. Can you do the job?

The second question translates to this when you’re being considered for a certain job, and naturally an employer would like to know if you are suitable for the position they are hiring you for. While you address this in the skills section of your CV, most employers hiring for technical jobs would like some proof and would include aptitude and skill tests in their interview process, or would ask questions tailored to determine whether you have the mental capacity to solve complex problems at work.
Engineering companies, for example, would make candidates solve problems on the spot next to whiteboards so they can gauge their speed, thinking process, and results. Questions are not meant to test specific knowledge alone, but to test your ability to apply yourself in real life practical situations to solve complex problems.

3. Will you actually perform well on the job?

History tends to repeat itself, and while no one can predict what the future holds, employers are able to make educated guesses in light of past experiences. This is why it is important to include your past record of achievements in your CV or LinkedIn profile. Fact-based accomplishments make your CV much stronger and assure the employer that you will be able to perform well and add value to the firm. In the same light, interviewers will ask you questions like “what are your greatest achievements?”, and here they don’t want to hear you brag but need you to tell factual stories of how you were faced with a problem and what you did to solve it and get good results. Another part of this question concerns your reliability as an employee. Any firm would like to know that you will be with them for a considerable amount of time if they invest in you. Hence, the question “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” pops up in most interviews. A steady employment history helps here too. With these three employer concerns in mind, any candidate can be better equipped to address them and make sure they meet expectation, improving chances of establishing meaningful conversation with hiring managers, and securing a good position to get ahead in your chosen career.
Tom Brunt

tbrunt@citizenrecruitment.com

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