More Interview Questions and Answers
Would you still be interested in this job if your current employer offered a pay rise?
Alternative and related questions:
Would you still be interested in this job if your current employer offered a promotion?
What will you do if your current employer makes you a counter-offer?
The meaning behind the question:
The interviewer is testing again to see how serious you are about wanting to move jobs and what your precise motivations are in wishing to do so. Is it all just a question of money? Are you potentially wasting their time and likely to subsequently turn down any job offer? Or are you really committed to this new opportunity? Maybe you're just on a fishing trip, trying to get a better idea of your market value or, worse, just getting in some interview practice! Questions like this can easily catch out such candidates.
Your employer may well try to encourage you to stay with them so you need to be prepared to face the possibility that they might offer you an improvement to the salary package they currently offer.
You might well be very tempted to accept such an offer so it is important to remember your specific reasons for wanting to resign in the first place. Was money really your main motivator?
While I’m not saying you shouldn’t give serious consideration to counter-offers – and in some cases accept them – I would say that you should proceed with caution. Be warned that research shows that people who accept such counter-offers normally move on within less than a year anyway. Money is rarely the only motivator.
Moving back to this question, the answer has to be to tell the interviewer that you would indeed remain interested in this job – and why.
I would most definitely still be interested in this job, even if my current employer did offer me a pay rise. Money is not my only motivator. While I would obviously have to give their offer some consideration, I would remind myself of my specific reasons for wanting to move on to a new job in the first place – and it's more than just a question of money. I'm looking for a new challenge. I'm looking for new opportunities to develop and progress. In short, I'm looking for just the kind of role you are currently offering.
Word of warning:
Besides a pay rise, your current employer may even offer you a promotion or a move to a different branch or department. This sort of counter-offer will take more serious thought on your part. How does the new job they are offering compare to the one you are planning to go to?
And be prepared for the interviewer to follow up the question we've just covered with one covering the above-mentioned scenario.
The Interview Question & Answer Book
More interview questions and answers
Talking about your current employment
- Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
- What will you remember most about your last job?
- Is this the first time you have made an effort to move away from your current employers?
- How do you feel about the possibility of leaving your current job?
- How would you describe your current employer?
Talking about this vacancy
- Wouldn’t you be better suited to working in a larger/smaller organisation?
- How do you feel this vacancy differs from your current role?
- What reservations do you have about your ability to undertake this job?
- Can you describe your ideal working environment to me?
- How do you feel we compare to our competitors?
- What would you say is our Unique Selling Point?
- What would be your analysis of the current trends in our industry/sector?
Understanding your career path, plans and ambitions
- What aspects of your career path would you like to have been different?
- What are your greatest regrets about the path your career has taken?
- What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
- What do you think are your main career options for the next five years?
- What exactly does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
Addressing problems in your career history
- Why did you only stay with this organisation for such a short time?
- Why did you stay with this organisation for such a long time?
Coping with stress and pressure
- Are you able to multitask?
- Can you juggle a number of different projects simultaneously?
- How do you handle rejection/disappointment/failure?
- How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?
- What does tact and diplomacy mean to you?
- What makes for a successful team?
Management and leadership
- Would you describe yourself as a good manager?
- Do you really think you’re management material?
- What is your attitude to delegation?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you had to lead from the front?
- Have you ever had to fire or lay off a member of your staff?
- How would you describe your ideal team member?
Personal and professional development
- In what ways do you intend to improve upon your performance?
- How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Interests and activities
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What newspaper do you take?
- Are you interested in current affairs?
The amateur psychiatrist
- If you won the lottery what would you do?
- Can you tell me about the best teacher you ever had?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
- What are you most afraid of?
Money, money, money
- Why aren’t you earning more?
- How much do you think you are really worth?
- How much does money matter to you?
- Would you still be interested in this job if you current employer offered a pay rise?
- Have you ever had to take a pay cut to keep your job?
- Have you ever asked for but been refused a pay rise?
Author: James Innes