NAIL THAT MID-CAREERSWITCH IN­TER­VIEW

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Karin Clarke, then re­gional di­rec­tor of Rand­stad Sin­ga­pore & Malaysia, a re­cruit­ment and hu­man re­sources ser­vice provider, has some “model an­swers” to a few tricky in­ter­view ques­tions.

“You ap­pear to be overqual­i­fied for this po­si­tion. Won’t you get bored?” Of­fer ex­am­ples of how you found op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sional growth in your past po­si­tions. The key here is to show the ben­e­fits of be­ing proac­tive.

“Why do you think you are qual­i­fied for this job? I don’t see rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence that matches our needs.” Iden­tify your trans­fer­able skills and work out how th­ese can be ap­plied to the role. Use ex­am­ples to put your point across.

“You’ve been with your company for 10 years. Can you change the way you do things?” Demon­strate how you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced change dur­ing your ten­ure – be it a new project, a new boss or a new way of work­ing – or even bet­ter, tell your in­ter­viewer about how you ini­ti­ated change in the work­place that ben­e­fited the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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