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Job interview advice from TikTok: A guide to answering the most common and difficult questions

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  • 23.06.2021
  • By BRANDON ALEXIUS CHIA

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When it comes to getting our dream job, we are used to burning the midnight oil to ace a test, engaging in multiple projects that promise “exposure”, and even picking out the right outfit to impress your potential employers. But many of us are not ready for the real, and most important challenge: the interview. It’s safe to say the stress and anxiety are often palpable, and at times, are the reason why we perform poorly despite being technically qualified for the job.

Which is probably why “workfluencers” have fast become one of the most trusted individuals on TikTok, where influencers and human resource specialists give sage advice to thousands on how to navigate difficult questions that an interviewer could stump us with. While the social media platform might be a strange place to seek advice, the content is actually good (we will deny the source if anyone asks, but still).

Let’s face it, not all of us are word geniuses and we don’t feel comfortable speaking about ourselves – let alone selling our worth. Here are some of the best #careertiktok wisdom to help you land your dream job.

Why should we hire you?

Our first reactions would probably be along the lines of: “I don’t know… You’re the employer…” Also, this is the same question as: “Tell me more about yourself”. Yes, people love a good story but not at a job interview – don’t divulge too much personal information. Career and motivational coach Shadé Zahrai has three steps that will make this question a breeze.

@shadezahrai

“Why should we hire you?” 3 Steps for an interview response ##interview ##interviewtips ##careertips ##careercoach ##careeradvice ##jobseeker ##job ##work

? original sound – Shadé Z. MBA – Career Tips

Tips to remember:

  1. Show the interviewee that you understand the company and the position
  2. Give an example of why you think you are a good fit for the role
  3. Enthusiasm goes a long way

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Rich? Happy? Surviving? Three common and justified reasons but how does this relate to the company? Shade also provided tips on how to tackle this question.

@shadezahrai

Interview tip! This one always stumps people… ##interview ##interviews ##jobseeker ##careercoach ##careers ##interviewtips ##confidence ##careertiktok ##work

? original sound – Shadé Z. MBA – Career Tips

Tips to remember:

  1. Share what you will be actively doing if you are hired
  2. Be open with what you hope to achieve
  3. Weave how the company will play a part and how you will benefit them

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This is probably the one question that scares us the most. On one hand, we know we are more than capable of doing the job. On the other hand, we don’t want to sound arrogant or cocky because no one likes that person. Film director Erin McGroff, who is the most famous worktoker, and career coach David Paykin show us how it’s done.

@erinmcgoff

this question is alllll about gauging your self-awareness! ##careertiktok ##jobinterview ##tiktoktaughtme ##interviewtips

? Steven Universe – L.Dre

Tips to remember:

  1. Stay humble
  2. Be well-prepared by knowing the job scope and how your strengths are relevant
  3. Give a good example that exemplifies your soft or hard skills
@davidpaykin

Reply to @abidzuberi5 ppl who watch the WHOLE vid will never struggle again  ##college ##jobinterview ##interviewtips ##foryou

? Steven Universe – L.Dre

Tips to remember:

  1. Don’t avoid the question
  2. Self-awareness is key
  3. Show how you are taking the initiative in solving issues relating to your weaknesses

What are your expectations when it comes to your salary?

Money is such a turn-off but it is so crucial for any job – even if you love it or the industry to bits. If you give too low of a number, you might get low balled. If drop a high price, they might not consider you anymore. Negotiations can be tough but Erin’s guide is worth checking out.

@erinmcgoff

this is a tricky one—be prepared! ##careertiktok ##jobinterview ##interviewtips ##careeradvice ##howto ##tiktoktaughtme

? Elevator Music – Bohoman

Tips to remember:

  1. Don’t be afraid to open a conversation
  2. Know the market value of the job position you are applying for
  3. Give a range

Do you have any questions for us?

Goodness, we were already so nervous before the interview, and just when we think we are free, the interviewers pull us back in with a finishing blow to our minds – we don’t have any questions. But saying “no” is a big no-no and recruiter Emily Durham has the solution.

@emily.the.recruiter

Questions to ask at the end of an interview! ##fyp ##interviewtips

? Steven Universe – L.Dre

Tips to remember:

  1. Connect with the interviewer
  2. Ask about the current projects they are undertaking
  3. Get to know your superior and the company’s culture

For the interviews that happen over Zoom

The world has changed and Zoom has definitely reinvented the game when it comes to communication. In line with the COVID-19 regulations, physical interviews might slowly become a thing of the past. Here are some notes on how to be the best version of yourself on a computer screen.

@erinmcgoff

alrighty just gonna share my screen here……. #careertiktok #jobinterview #interviewtips #zoom #wfh #fyp

? Elevator Music – Bohoman

Tips to remember:

  1. Put on proper work attire (yes, that means you need to wear pants)
  2. Find a spot with good lighting
  3. Clean up space around you — don’t be a mess

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