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Toughest job interview question is about last position: poll

2012/06/20 18:34:28

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) One of the hardest questions to answer in a job interview is that of why the applicant left their last job, according to a government poll that was released Wednesday.

The poll conducted by the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training’s eJob website showed that 28.05 percent of interviewees find it difficult to explain why they had quit their previous job, while 11.87 have trouble answering why they want the job they are seeking.

Other questions that job applicants struggle with include why they are worth the salary they are asking for (10.73 percent) and how to solve the world's hunger issues (9.92 percent), according to the poll.

The questions that most employers ask in an interview are meant to determine why the applicant chose to apply for the job and to identify work values, eJob said.

The website suggested that interviewees avoid complaining about their last job and try not to appear too desperate to find a new position because these factors are used to evaluate attitude.

In addition, job applicants should prepare for their interviews, which would make them less nervous, the website said.

On the issue of salary negotiation, eJob recommended that applicants project confidence, provide documents to prove their ability, and talk about their contributions in their previous job to justify their salary proposals.

The survey, conducted May 1-31, received 1,230 valid responses.

(By Zoe Wei and C.J. Lin)