1. Tell me a little about yourself?
The best approach to the first open-ended question is to simply be simple and brief. Start with outlining educational achievements, professional experiences, and any important skills in just a couple minutes. You should be bold, quick, and straightforward.
Once you have provided the outline, start asking questions to determine what the employer is looking to get out of hiring you. Remember, the interviewer isn’t wanting to know everything about your life and likely does not care about half of what you have done. If your answer is to long you risk giving to much information that the employer isn’t looking for and could be hinder you being hired.
What the employer is wanting to know is:
• Are you able to do the job, and have the skills?
• Are you a good fit for the team and be productive?
• Are you going to create issues, such as leaving shortly after, cause a lawsuit, or try to sue the company, or just be an issue to work with in general?
Pay attention on what it is you do, highlighting what sets you apart from others. Being able to differentiate yourself from the competition is a really smart way to get ahead.
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2. What was the reason for leaving your previous job?
Life is all about change, but when it comes to employers, they are looking to understand why you decided to make the change in employment.
It is important that you remain positive, without responding negatively about the prior employer or co-workers. Your response should focus on the future rather than the past.
“I did not find my previous job to be to easy and not enough challenge. It did not motivate me anymore. I liked my boss and co-workers, but I found myself no longer motivated by the position. Based on the description of this position, I believe it will create new motivation for me.”
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Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.