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please tell me about yourself?
This question is one of the most frequently asked questions. Where do you start? What do they really want to know? Are you to begin from elementary school or college? You have to be very careful on how you answer this question because your answer here sets the tone for the rest of the interview. This question is mostly asked as an icebreaker but if you did not prepare for it, it becomes a real problem.
The right approach to this is to discuss your key strengths and how they relate to the job. Talk about a few of your accomplishments. Talk about your current employer and then tell them how you see yourself fitting into a position at their company.
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where do you see yourself in 5 years? Or what are your career goals?
It is crucial that you discuss your objectives and how you intend to achieve them.
For instance: I would like to be the best in my department or I’d love to be the person my colleagues can rely on. I also feel I would be skilled and experienced enough to handle whatever responsibilities might come my way.
Why should we hire you?
This is a very common question that is asked in almost every interview. I love this question because it gives you the opportunity to sell yourself. Discuss what makes you standout from the crowd and show them how you can help advance their company. Remember to be specific. This is where all the company research you have done comes into play. You should have an idea as to why the company is hiring or looking to hire someone for that position. What problem do they have that they are looking for people to help them solve? And once you can establish this, you are to show them how you can solve this problem for them.
•Highlight the qualities that make you the most qualified for the position – present yourself as the candidate that solves their problem
•Let them know that you already know certain things about the company and their general practice because you have researched the firm and are prepared.
•Tell a success story that emphasizes your qualities and how they helped solve a problem similar to theirs.
•When you here things like “we already have lots of qualified candidates” do not get discouraged. If they already have the right person for the job, they wouldn’t bother looking for someone to hire
•This is your chance to shine, do not ruin it by being too modest, but do not be arrogant
•Don’t generalize things, it doesn’t help
•Your response should be geared towards why you are the perfect fit for the job and not why you want the job.
what is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
The reason why you are asked this question is to hear what you consider difficult and how you approached the situation. Select a difficult work situation, which wasn’t caused by you and can be explained in a few sentences. You can then show yourself in a positive light by explaining how you handled the situation.
What is your greatest strength?
This could be a very simple question if you are prepared for it. You just have to talk about the strengths that you know would be of value to the company.
•Make the most of this question. This question gives you the control to guide the interview to where you want it so take advantage.
•Emphasize the strengths you have that are crucial to the position
•Find out from the job description and from company research, the kind of strengths the company invests in.
•Do not be too modest or claim to be what you are not
•Do not try to mention things you cannot illustrate with a brief example
•Do not mention the strengths that aren’t relevant to the job at hand
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what are your weaknesses?
Turn this question into a strength question in disguise. For instance, say something like “I do not like not being challenged at work” or you could mention a weakness that has nothing to do with the job and that you can overcome with training. This way, you end up turning this potentially tricky question into a positive.
Sometimes, you may be asked about certain challenges you faced in your previous position. If you are asked this question, lean towards the problem that happened early in your carrier and that you were able to solve. Do not try to blame others, just identify the problem and the role you played in solving it.
how would your co-workers describe you?
Questions such as this one are asked with the aim of getting you to discuss some of your qualities, perhaps hidden that you wouldn’t have mentioned if you weren’t asked.
“Well, my colleagues will tell you they can count on me. They will tell you that I am a team player and someone they enjoy working with.”
Think of a good decision you made and a recent decision that wasn’t good. What did you do differently in making these decisions?
Your answers should focus on how well you can review relevant facts, consider various options and select the most appropriate option. Discuss how you factor in variables such as constraints and resources.
When delegating a recent duty, plz describe how you showed your confidence in the person’s ability to do the job?
Discuss your method of assigning responsibility to the best candidates. How you communicate with employees to make them understand what is expected of them and how you make sure that the employees have the resources needed to carry out specific tasks. You should also chip in your follow-up procedures.
Why do you want to work for us?
Here, they just want to know how motivated you are about the position or if you are just there for the pay. They want to ascertain that you would form an important part of the company. You have to show them that you are willing to be part of the company and would do all you can to ensure you and the company grows together.
You can also try to show them the alignment between their needs and yours.
•Talk about the things you like about the firm. This can only be possible if you have done your homework before the interview.
•Be complimentary; people enjoy compliments but just don’t overdo it
•Emphasize your strengths and how they align with the position and company culture.
•Don’t give the impression that you are there because you need money
•Don’t give the impression that you may be gone in a couple of months.
would you describe a typical day in your current job?
As much as you want to sell your self in a good light, do not make the mistake of exaggerating your current position. Add some of your routine tasks to make it realistic and don’t neglect tings like paperwork. Try to be in the interviewers shoes as you answer this question. A job you have been doing for years should be part of you already and as such; you must know all the tasks you undertake. Try to show them that you plan well before you begin work and after you attain your goals, you review the process to see how you could be more efficient.
what is your greatest accomplishment?
This is just like the “what is your greatest strength?” question and should be treated similarly. You should pick accomplishments that show that you have the qualities the company is looking for and this adds value to you as a candidate for the position you are interviewing for. You may have achieved a lot over the years but for the sake of the interview, pick only the relevant ones
•Highlight the accomplishments that show what makes you the perfect candidate for the position
•Show passion for the job as you discuss anything
•Do not ever think your accomplishments are too small. Remember that an accomplishment, no matter how little can be more relevant if it is line with the position than a massive breakthrough that isn’t related.
how do you respond to working under pressure?
The essence of this question is to test your composure, ability to solve problems and staying true to the task, even in unfavorable conditions. Give an example of a time where you were faced with a challenge and what you did to remedy the situation. In the process, highlight how you were calm and in control till everything was okay.
why do you wish to leave your present job?
No matter what you say, do not mention negative things about your employer, neither should you mention anything about more money being the reason. The reason is simple; if you are leaving a company because of money to come to theirs, you will definitely leave them to move on to another if it promises a better paycheck. Your best bet is to ay it on responsibility and challenge and how your previous position want challenging you enough. Indicate that you yearn for more responsibility and how what you have to offer outweighs the responsibility and challenge posed by your former position.
what sort of salary are you looking for?
Note that whenever you are going for an interview, this question may be asked. Before going, try to find out what the average salary for someone holding that position in that industry is paid. This would help prepare you for what is in front of you.
Do not forget that this is only an interview and you haven’t been offered the job, so do not go on negotiating. Just state something within the range you have researched and move on. Whatever you do, do not sell yourself short.
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what questions do you have for me?
About 3 in 4 candidates respond with a ‘No’ and this is a very poor response.
This question is the perfect opportunity you need to show that you are different from every other candidate. Have a couple of questions prepared. It shows you are motivated and you have some knowledge about the company you are applying to
Tips to answer this question:
•Your approach to this question should be mostly on what you can do for them
•Ask about something you discovered while doing your research about the company
•Always have a question – don’t ever say ‘No, I think that all for now’
•Do not make your questions about yourself
•Don’t ask about time offs and benefits at this point
•Don’t ask questions that have ready answers you could have found on your own
•Do not ask how soon you can start applying for other positions within the company.
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