Talent Plus, a reputable consultancy that helps numerous Fortune 500 companies to hire new talent, typically interviews applicants over the phone. They use a special interview template and their interviews take from 15 to 30 minutes–depending on the client they hire for, and the position you apply for. They ask one question after another in a quick succession–leaving you no time to think about the right answer, or reflect on what you’ve already said.
They know what they are doing. Having little time to think, your reactions are spontaneous. There is absolutely no time for any feedback, or for your own questions, so the entire experience can be stressful and mentally demanding. Recruiters from Talent Plus assess your ability to focus, to maintain high level of concentration, and to talk to the point. It seems like a common phone interview, but it is much more sophisticated, and you won’t get only yes-no questions….
30 minutes, and your quick mind
You will have to think quickly, speak a lot about yourself, and reveal some personal information. To get a complete picture of you, your skills and predispositions for a job, they may ask you as many as fifty questions–during a single, 30 minutes long interview session.
Psychometric tests are also often included in the interview, though most job seekers won’t even realize it–things happen very fast, and you won’t have much time to think about their interview, and what they try to find out with each of their questions.
Anyway, we put together a list of most common Talent Plus interview questions, and we suggest you to practice with this list, and prepare some answers to the questions upfront. Doing it will help you to get rid of stress, and sound confident in your phone interview. And if you can not find good answers, refer to the eBook at the end of the article. Let’s start with the questions!
Questions you will deal with in an interview with a recruiter from Talent Plus
- Do you consider yourself a hardworking person?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your ability to teamwork?
- Do you like to sell things?
- What do you consider your greatest weakness?
- Do you like to work over time?
- Are you an honest person?
- What was the last thing you have sold?
- Do you prefer to work alone in the office or do you prefer to work in an open office environment?
- Do you like to work under pressure?
- Do you have a tendency to feel stress in work?
- What you didn’t like about your last job?
- When was the last time when you felt stressed in the job?
- Do you think that you are an organized person?
- What motivates you the most in job?
- When was the last time you came late for work?
- Why did you come late?
- If there was one thing you could improve about yourself, what would it be?
- What is your opinion about current economic climate?
- What are your predictions when it comes to the future of our economy?
- Do you like to talk to people?
- Do you often have conflicts with your colleagues?
- Is there any group of people you prefer to talk to?
- Do you struggle to communicate with any group of people?
- Do you like to socialize?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- Do you prefer to lead, or to be led?
- Do you consider yourself as an assertive person?
- Do you like to talk to strangers?
- Do you feel good right now?
- How would you handle the communication with a drunk customer?
- How would you calm down an aggressive customer?
- What would you do if the sales were down?
- Do you consider yourself a creative person?
- What would you do if you struggled with motivation in work?
The same questions all over again
As you can see on the list, the recruiters from Talent Plus will repeat some questions, using a different wording each time. They do this to assess your trustworthiness and your credibility. I suggest you to focus, and to answer the questions calmly, and honestly. Do not let the anxiety to get the better of you.
Preparing upfront should help as well… And while many questions have a good and bad answer, with some questions it is simply enough to be honest. For example, the question “Do you like to socialize?” or the question “Do you consider yourself a creative person?” does not really have a good, or a bad answer. Such questions only help the people from Talent Plus to make a clear picture about your personality, and your view of yourself.
Guys from Talent Plus work according to the template. The worst thing you could do would be to try and change their template, interrupting them, or even asking them for feedback on your interview answers….
Great answers to the questions – and your easy way to pass the interview
Many questions have the right answer though. Questions such as “What motivates you the most in work?”, or “Describe the conflict you had with your colleague.”, or “How would you calm down an aggressive customer?” and many others.
Your answers to these questions tell a lot about your attitude to work, and to other people. And this information is priceless for Talent Plus. In recruitment, we often call these questions behavioral questions, or situational questions.
If you want to see brilliant answers to these questions, have a look at a new eBook I designed for you, called Talent Plus Interview – Ready in One Hour. This simple and inexpensive digital product will help you to get rid of stress, and to pass the Talent Plus interview with flying colors...
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