It is a truth that some questions are being asked over and over again in every interview around the world. Preparing answers to those questions is a key to get hired.
Your answer to those questions MUST be linked to the job. You need to avoid the following:
- Giving too many details,
- Talking about your personal life,
- Using a lot of emotions.
While you are getting prepared for the interview, you need to have answers to the following:
- Can you introduce yourself?
Here, you need to know yourself. you need to perfectly remember your date of birth and the date you joined the university and graduation and all your diplomas.
- How can you apply what you studied in this job?
The modules you studies should not be forgotten. Also, their relationship with the position has to be clear to you. For example, if you studied selling techniques and you are applying for a “sales” job, you have to start with that and give it a high importance and say much details about it. You should forget about history course, although you like it and your mark was the first in the history of the department.
- What value can you add to our company?
- What skills are you very good at?
- What hard situations did you participate in solving in your previous job? and how?
- What do you know about the sector our company operates in?
You need to know some of the company issues or the problems faced by companies in that sector by reading much about the case studies related to that field. Try to be honest in your example in talking about how you solved a problem.
- What have your hobbies added to your personality?
Hobbies are not added to your resume just to fill the emptiness. When the job is based on team work, you have to mention that you practice a sport played in a group (soccer or hand ball). Mentioning tennis or golf is no going to add much value to your resume.
- What are your weaknesses and strengths?
We are all weak and strong, but imagine that the HR manager asked you this question and your answer was: “I am told to be very attentive to details, and my friends complain, but I personally see it as a strength, because not caring about details can make me careless.”
Do not say that you can easily be irritated and angry!
- Why did you leave your previous job?
You have to be as diplomatic as possible. Sometimes you do not need to tell what really happened. You need, in all the cases, be positive and never badmouth anybody in your previous job.
You can say that there was no room for improvement or the position was stagnant. You can also say mention what you really want from your current job (like continuous training) even if it was not absent in your previous job. Remember! All that you do has to be in the benefit of your future employer, company and you.
- What are your professional goals for the future?
Try to focus on answers related to learning as much as possible, and avoid showing that your main motivation is “power” and becoming the boss.
- What is your desired salary?
Of course, you must be knowledgeable of how your peers get paid in a similar job in other companies. You need to mention a logical range and to be confident and not hesitating. The more confidence you show, the stronger your candidature is going to be.
- What do you expect from us?
again, try to focus on continuous training and what you personally are looking for.
- Do you have any question?
All your questions have to be related to the job, and you can ask if the position is stagnant or develops and also what the position beyond it is. If you ask no question, it means that you are not serious enough to get it.