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Delivering sustained business
improvement through human capital.

Market insights,
thought leadership.

Strategy.
Solutions.
Services.

Listening,
evaluating,
delivering results.

Your trusted partner,
your biggest supporter.

Harrier Careers Blog

Why do recruiters ask you for your preferred salary?

Because recruiters are inundated with so many applications, this question is often used as a screening tool.   As a candidate, this makes it tricky for you not to under or over sell – even more difficult when you don’t know the salary range.

If, however, you have impressed, and the company decide you are their ‘person’, any salary disparities – ie between what is on offer and what you say you want – will likely be ignored and negotiations will start.  During this process, you as the candidate will have also learnt more about the role and the company which will help you to decide if you wish to pursue the opportunity further, including revising down your salary expectations if necessary (we doubt you’d have concerns about revising them up if the offer is greater!).

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Preparing for the interview questions

You may or may not be familiar with the term ‘behavioural interviewing’.  It essentially means that interview questions will require you to provide specific examples.  Interviewers are seeking real and recent examples of where and how you have demonstrated a particular skill or competency.  Behavioural interviews are based on the theory that the best predictor of your future performance is your past performance.  Questions will typically be structured to seek information relating to:

  • The Situation at the time, or Task you were given;
  • The specific Action you took in that situation or for that task; and
  • The Result or outcome of your actions.

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Tips to help you prepare for your next interview

The interview is an opportunity to share information, so be prepared to ask questions as well as answer them.

Whilst it is your only chance to make a good first impression (and therefore important, to present well), also remember it is only a meeting, so no matter how much you want the job, try to relax.

Here are our tips on helping you prepare:

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How to create a winning resume

Your resume is a sales document first and foremost and it must package the product – YOU – in the best possible way. The purpose of the resume is to win you an interview.

On average, a recruiter will spend only thirty seconds screening a resume, so this is not a lot of time to get your point across.  As such, it’s very important to remember that one size does not fit all – your resume should be tailored to suit the specific requirements of the job you are applying for.  By doing so, you will enable the recruiter to more easily and quickly see how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the job.

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