Interview Questions 2020 – Growth Potential #3

You can’t get a qualification in listening. LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019 found that over half of talent professionals struggle to assess soft skills accurately – and only 41% have a formal process in place to measure them.

Luckily, the other half were happy to share the questions they like to ask when they’re hunting for something specific – and the answers they’re hoping to hear. Every interview is different, and nobody can predict with absolute certainty what’s going to come up – but going in prepared with answers to these questions should cover you from most angles.

During a job interview, the interviewer will definitely be looking at your current skill set – but will also be paying attention to your ability to learn new things. They want to know whether you’ll be able to perform the job today – but more importantly, whether you’ll be able to perform it in a few years, by which time technology and best practices will have moved forward. Do you have the ability – and the willingness – to move forward with them?

This is something you should spend a decent amount of time thinking about. After all, your success across your career (and, beyond the office – your life) will depend on your willingness to learn and develop yourself professionally and personally. 

Employers are generally hunting for confident people who’ve spent time thinking about their career goals. This is as much for your benefit as it is for theirs – do you know where you want to be in five years? What about a decade from now? Will this job help you get to where you want to be? When the cost of replacing an employee is about 1.5x their salary, employers are looking for long-term loyalty, and candidates who are likely to stay for the long haul.

In the fifth part of our IQ2020 series, we’re looking at the most popular interview questions for gauging a candidate’s growth potential, and how you should answer them if you want to make a good impression.

#3: What would motivate you to make a move from your current role?

This can be a tricky question – but only if you focus on the wrong things. Avoid talking about money, even if you’re motivated by financial security. Instead, try to structure your answer around a desire to be challenged. The interviewer is looking for signs that you’re interested in growing through disruption, rather than an immediate (and easy) pay-off. 

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