Most and frequently asked questions job interviews.
It is of the utmost importance to prepare yourself for a job interview. This is why we investigated the most common questions you can expect while being interviewed by your new colleagues. When knowing a good answer for the questions to come, you will learn more about yourself and can even take the lead in any job interview. The 10 questions below appeared to be the most common in job interviews at major companies. Study them and prepare yourself, success is the only option!
1.Tell us something about yourself.
Be sure to highlight your interest and compatability to work in, for example, a team by talking about your soccer/football experience. Give examples of your assertiveness by talking about your part in the activities of your fraternity or sorority.
2. What kind of job did you have before and why did you stop working there?
Try not to be negative and talk about (bad) working conditions that you had to endure; simply Explain that you were up for a new challenge and a job with more future perspective. A positive outlook on the future is always better than a negative outlook on the past.
3. Why did you apply for this job? Why are you interested in working for our company?
Because it is an interesting company/business, it offers new opportunities, you have personal affection with the product/service, good reviews from media/colleague. Be specific and say something about personal interests that relate to the job.
4. You want to work at this company. What do you have to offer? Can you give us an example of something you have achieved that can be beneficial for us?
Bring up something you achieved in your previous job, think of a succesful project or an award your company won and your part in it.
5.Can you describe a good and a bad quality of yourself? Can you give us an example in which this has been shown?
This is a tricky question. They are trying to filter out your best quality but they also want to know if you are selfaware and can name a bad quality. Your 'bad' quality shouldn't be really bad, but just something you can work on. For example your perfectionism that sometimes delays your other work. This is not per se a bad quality and it says something about yourself. Just be positive in the entire conversation. Remember, they are lucky to be able to interview you, not the other way around.
6.Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
They want to know how long you will be interested in working at their company. The company invests in your education and experience and they want to benefit from this as long as possible. Employers are not keen on 'jobhoppers', employees that are going from job to job within a small period of time. It is important to give an answer that will explain you are still looking to be working at their company by that time, and of course in a higher/better function, this will highlight your ambition.
7.Are you analytic / creative / entrepreneurial / a teamplayer ... and can you give us an example?
Of course you are, but try to explain and give examples of at least two of these points. For instance: You are a teamplayer because you are playing soccer/football and you proved your skills in a team in your previous job. You are creative because you offer new ideas and you are very active in brainstorming sessions. Try to think of examples you encoutered in your previous job concerning these qualities.
8. Do you enjoy other activities, hobby's that can be seen as a benefit to your function within our company?
Again, sports, interests, taking good care of your body/ it can all be a reflection of how you will treat your job/clients. Of course this doesn't apply to every job, but you can imagine. Also say something about the experience you got from any trainee jobs you had.
9. This job is not always 9 to 5. Maybe it will involve some overtime. Are you willing to work overtime?
Try to explain you do not have a 9 to 5 mentality. They want to hear you are a flexible person that wants to work for their cause. You are the most productive if you have a job that suits you and you are ambitions. Affection for their product/service is also something you should consider before you go for the interview.
10. What do you know about our organisation?
First always check the company website! (that's where we come in). The jobs they offer on their website will show their plans for the future. More and more companies are showing their strategy, vision and mission. Study these and repeat them in front of your interviewers. Studying their company upfront always leaves a good impression. And you can figure out for yourself if you want to be a part of it.
At the end of the job interview it is a common question if you have any questions for them. Try to ask at least one or two questions that invloves the company and you. Do not ask about the salary or any additional benefits. And make sure you couldn't have found the answer on their website or any other simpler way.
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