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Preparing for interview questions in post-pandemic scenarios

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Preparing for interview questions in post-pandemic scenarios

One of the things you can do in 2020 is to be prepared  for the new set of interview questions. Here are a few of the questions that could feature in post-pandemic interview scenarios and the best way you can craft your answer.

1. What are you currently working on?

In the post-pandemic scenario, there is a high probability that you may have to answer this question in an interview. And your answer should cut through all the well-intentioned terms that have no real value and take into account the current scenario. In particular, words people often use to describe themselves like  “highly dedicated”, “team player,” “strategic thinker” and “results-driven” may not be enough.

When an interviewer asks you what you’ve been working on, they are looking for clues that translate into the needs of our current world. They want to gauge how you are dealing with your work in this changing environment. They also want to know whether you can think, act and work as if you’re in a start-up (i.e. start-ups usually face a lot of uncertainties), because being proactive is a highly valued skill.

If you have been volunteering your time, it’s a good time to highlight that. These answers reveal qualities like a constant desire to learn, passion for social change and openness to trying new things that can impress the hiring manager.

2.. Do you have strong decision-making skills?

The most indispensable employees can nimbly adapt their decision-making skills in changing conditions, without losing sight of company goals.

This is the time to unabashedly speak about your achievements from the past. Perhaps you were chosen to lead two or three projects at the beginning. But in the months that followed, your team got smaller due to layoffs. You also may have had less resources due to various reasons.  In your answer, talk about what decisions you had to make — quickly — to meet deadlines and make things work.

The key is to let the hiring manager know you have been making the best of the situation and have been maximizing productivity.

3.Do you consider yourself to be a strong leader?

Always be authentic. Showing authenticity is one of the most important things you can do in this scenario.  Even if you don’t have a leadership role right now, all they want to know is if you have the potential to lead. And, if you are a leader, they want to make sure you’re likable, have the right values and can easily get along with others.

When interviewing for a leadership position, talk about what you’ve been doing to make your team feel supported, driven and inspired. Positive thinking is also valuable. During difficult times, employees need a leader whose spirit and personality can give them hope and motivation.

Show that you changed as the world around you changed. For most companies, the way they operated in the past is no longer effective today. Amid times of unprecedented change and ambiguity, employers need people who are agile and can think creatively.

In the past few months, many workers have had to adapt to working remotely for the very first time. If that’s you, consider talking about what you’ve been doing to be more productive or make collaboration easier.

Showcase the new and improved version of yourself

No matter how difficult your journey has been, you want them to know how resilient you are. Demonstrate that when things get rough, you get up rather than give up. Even if the hiring manager in your next interview doesn’t directly ask what you’ve been working on, find ways to bring it into the discussion.

The things you accomplished in the past are still important, but what’s far more interesting — and will set you apart from other qualified candidates — is how you have dealt with the changing times to be who you are today.

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