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Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews

Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews
Even if you’re well-prepared for a job interview and have rehearsed your answers to common questions, sometimes a hiring manager will ask an unusual question to see how you can think and respond on your feet, as well as find out more about your soft skills and cultural fit.

Here are six real-life examples from Glassdoor of unusual questions people have been asked in job interviews and how to answer them if they come up for you:

 
 
 

What you need to be doing now to stay employable in the future

What you need to be doing now to stay employable in the future
As technology rapidly evolves and job functions change, how do you make sure you remain employable in one, three or five years’ time?

When you have been in a role for a while, it can be easy to become complacent and focus only your current job. However, if you suddenly find yourself faced with redundancy, or your realise it’s time to make your next career move, it can be challenging to find a new role if you haven’t maintained a strong personal brand and network, or kept your skills up to date.

Here’s what you need to do now to ensure you’re at the top of the candidate list for the best job opportunities in the future – if and when you need to make your next career move.

 
 
 

Are resumes still relevant? How to improve your digital profile and make the shortlist for job interviews

Are resumes still relevant? How to improve your digital profile and make the shortlist for job interviews
Between the creative resumes that go viral, video applications and the increasing need for everyone to have a digital presence, you might assume that it’s time to file away the traditional two-page career summary for something a bit more flashy.

The resume hasn’t disappeared yet, but its role is changing. If you’re looking at finding a new job in the near future, you may need to re-think your approach to getting your career history in front of the right people in order for you to make the shortlist for an interview.

 
 
 

Flexible work conditions: New platform removes the worries about bringing up flexibility in a job interview

Flexible work conditions: New platform removes the worries about bringing up flexibility in a job interview
Despite the shift towards more flexibility in the workplace, flexible work options can still be daunting for candidates to bring up at the interview stage, for fear of missing out on a role.

Yet job seekers are increasingly looking for flexibility, such as part-time work, working from home or different work hours, as technology and changes in society are re-shaping the workplace.

A new website, FlexCareers, hopes to alleviate this fear by providing job seekers with opportunities from employers who are happy to discuss flexible work options right from the first interview.

 
 
 

Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits

Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits
Are you feeling underpaid and undervalued at work? You are not alone.

The latest Hudson research has found that 39% of employees surveyed in New Zealand felt that they were underpaid. Furthermore, 49% of the respondents received no pay increase in the last year and it wasn’t that great for those who did. Of those who got a pay rise, 77% of them received just 1-5%.

 
 
 

How to become an Agile Coach

How to become an Agile Coach
The role of the Agile Coach may have originated in IT, but it’s now in strong demand across other industries as organisations see the benefits of working in an Agile way.

If you’re in the field of program/project management and are looking to upskill for new and exciting roles, becoming an Agile Coach is a great opportunity to take the next step in your career.

 
 
 

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview
Congratulations! Your carefully crafted cover letter has managed to impress, your CV has demonstrated that you have relevant skills and experience, and you've been invited to an interview with your prospective employer in two days' time.

While you've already thought about whether you might be a good fit when you applied for the role, now is the time to reassess the reasons why you want the role and take the time to thoroughly prepare your case.

 
 
 

The great skills race: How to amp up your skills development

The great skills race: How to amp up your skills development
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” So said Mahatma Gandhi and it’s the learning issue that has many of us breaking into a sweat. But there is a way out.

Do you feel you need to improve your skills? Hone an existing strength? Train up in new areas?

You’re not alone.

 
 
 

What's Your Story? The Rise of the Personal Brand

What's Your Story? The Rise of the Personal Brand
It’s the wise adage that has stood the test of time: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”

But it is not your shiny shoes or suit that will leave a lasting impression when you next interview for a role. As anyone in recruitment will tell you, it’s your story, how you tell it and the insights it offers into how you operate, that will linger long after your interview is over.

 
 
 

The Key to Being Contacted for a Job Without Even Applying? Be 'Findable' Online

The Key to Being Contacted for a Job Without Even Applying? Be 'Findable' Online
As a recruiter with extensive experience sourcing candidates for roles, there are two pieces of advice I have for job seekers hoping to be approached by those looking to hire: 1) Be ‘findable’; and 2) Make it easy.

The obvious question is: how do you do that?

 
 
 

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