Published: Apr 10, 2021
This is a chance to highlight your relevant extracurricular involvement. Although firms are looking to hire those who are dedicated to their jobs, they also want people who are well-rounded and interesting. This is your chance to show the interviewer your personal side. However, remember to have relevant examples (i.e., "watching TV" won't win you many points).
Also, keep in mind that equal employment opportunity law mandates that any interview questions be job-related. Questions about what you do outside of the office sometimes skirt illegal territory, even if they are not as blatant as "Where do you go to church?" Your strategy should be to steer the discussion back towards work. For example, if asked what you do for fun, you might say, "My focus is work, but I enjoy playing tennis during my down time. It's an incredible workout and also a great way to clear my head and gain clarity for the rest of the week."
If asked a blatantly illegal question, you need to find a diplomatic way to turn your answer toward work yet not come across as a traffic cop. For example, if asked whether children are a burden on your work time, you might answer, "I don't have any family issues that would interfere with my ability to give this job my full commitment."
This question is designed to demonstrate how much research you’ve done on the firm as well as to see if you might be a good "fit. " To get further information about a particular firm, you should read recent press stories and visit its web site.
Like many interview questions, there are lots of potential subtexts that might start running through your head when you hear this one come out of an interviewer's mouth. Are they trying to get me to dish the dirt on my current employer?
The number one mistake candidates make when answering this question is translating the question to something akin to, "Tell me everything you've done in your professional career in chronological order. " If you approach the question this way, most of the time it results in a bloated, rambling picture of your accomplishments, even if you've done a lot of impressive things.
This question does not mean: “Tell me about your life history, beginning with where you were born, how many pounds you weighed at birth, where you went to elementary school, and what your relationships are with your parents and siblings. ” Instead, what it really means is: “Tell me more about you as a person.
As the consulting market continues to heat up in the Asia-Pacific market, we at Vault-Firsthand got the chance to ask Weishan Xie, the President of Kmind, a few questions about the development of the consulting industry in this market, as well as about his firm specifically. The following is an edited version of Xie’s and Vault-Firsthand’s conversation.