A job interview offers a chance to get some work and represents a kind of personal presentation. So, everything you carry in yourself, you should learn how to express in the best way, that score of the interview is going in your favor. If you like a particular job, you are qualified to do it, and conditions for personal and professional development are good, the interview should not be an obstacle. For this reason we offer some solutions how to properly answer the questions that the interviewer put to you. However, keep in mind that these are only approximate guidance for responding and cannot always be applied. The right answer to a question depends on many factors – primarily whether this response represents something that you personally agree, then from the concrete question, the way it was set up, from the employer and its system of values … In this meaning, these proposals could be indicative guiding idea, but it’s up to you to formulate and provide an adequate response to the real job interview. Your agreements should be a cleverly worded but also a very important – so be honest. Because the job is the type of partnership between you and your employer and if you start this partnership with falsities, distortion of truth or you ignore the essential facts etc. you put in the beginning your partnership on the poor fundamentals and it will certainly have negative consequences.
The questions you represent yourself
First of all, you have to come to the interview prepared, as much as possible, without too much improvisation (which cannot be absolutely avoided) and able to answer any questions you have. The questions that the employer sets are the shortcuts to get information that they need. At first sight that doesn’t need to have anything with the obvious question that is posed (for example, if the employer wants to see how you are thinking he/she can ask some question that will try to confuse you). You have to know yourself, everything you wrote in the CV and job application, your goals and business needs, do not just recount your CV but make sure to say something interesting and useful about yourself and to specifically present your value. It is desirable that this presentation does not take more than two minutes. It is also the part where the employer wants to relax or to deprive any jitters and nervousness.
What do you know about our company? Why do you want to work with us?
The question that may seem naive, but in any case it is not. If you are informed about the company, it means that you care and that you really want to work there. Look at it and with the angle of the employer – if you didn’t find out the information about the company where you have applied, why should they make an effort to inform you about the interview? Related to this may be a question “Why do you want this job?” No matter how the job is done because of the money it should not be the only motive for work, neither should you say it. You should not only look at work through the material reasons (although of course wage and the basis for the material security are important), and to specify this reason to work in the application. Except for the material, optimum reasons that should motivate you to work are those intangible natures (training, development, what you like to do on the job, and so on…). So, you should think about what motivates you to do, other than money (and especially what motivates you to work in the company), and to highlight because it shows your breadth of vision and the employer can see whether your value system coincides with theirs. Basically, if you have a higher career ladder, it is essential that you have a clearer vision of what motivates you to work and progress. Especially if you are frequently changing job, the question of your motivation to work is necessary.
How much you are qualified to do a particular job?
This is a catch to say everything you know, but to point out the specific knowledge that you have and what you don’t know you want to learn. Of course, the answer must be concretized, not to sound like a template that is pronounced large number of people to the interview. You should know what your strong and weak points are and to have a clear vision of the direction what you want to be and improve. Be realistic. If you speak one language at an advanced level, and the other much more modest, you do not need to omit it from your qualifications but to tell the truth and to add that you are interested in searching for a course of that language (if this is indeed the case, of course). Training and learning are the paths to success, and if the employer knows that you improve your skills, the more will appreciate you.
Why didn’t you work in a certain period?
If for some reason you made a break in your career, and you did not work for an extended period, it will be in your CV. Also, the same question could be asked if you studied too long, and during that time you did not work, and you do not have a significant work experience. It’s up to you to justify as better as you can, of course, lying is not an option, but sometimes it is better little to change the perception. The best is to specify that you used that time as a time for training, market research or work on it in any way. If this is not true and you have done nothing in terms of training or job-seeking in the long run, give your reasons for this but be objective to yourself and to the employer. If you wasted a longer period of life without doing anything in particular, it is necessary to understand and accept that this time, in terms of your career (and perhaps also the meaning of life), is lost and for you it’s better to use time to work on it and fix which can be fixed. One of the reasons for a longer break in work can be because you don’t just accept all the offers you have received, but it is meaningful just if the time period in which you have been looking for a job is not too long. Otherwise, if you are looking for a job for a years and do not want to accept any job, there is an objective question whether unjustified screening and that you are probably not in a position to do it. On the other hand, if the reasons were medical or maybe connected with the family, make sure your employer that now everything is fine and that you are ready and willing to devote to the job.
How do you handle with problems and solve them?
The aim of this question is to evaluate your resourcefulness in unpredictable and conflict situations. It is important that you in situations that were resolved in your favor, as well as those that are not learned something. The facts are needed, not just words, because otherwise all this may sound just like your beautiful story. Conflicts are also a topic that will interest your employer. It is important to know how to solve them. With all the criticism you often face, and if they wonder how you react in these situations it is desirable to emphasize that you do not expect of yourself to know everything but that you are willing to listen to others, and thereby really get a good advice. Of course, you have to stand out behind any of these words.
Issues related to teamwork and relationship with colleagues
When you are asked about your former collective and previous employer, as we have already said, do not go in gossip. These are questions that primarily reflect your ability to function in a team and your willingness to accept authority. Try to remember the qualities that your colleagues and boss stood out and describe them in a positive light. Of course, you should not lie, but if you have nothing to remember, if the company where you worked was really very bad, tell the truth, but don’t go into gossip and vilification of previous employer. Be concise and objective. If you go into a monologue about the poor conditions in previous companies, it will only give the impression of your indignation and unprofessionally act.
There is a possibility that your prospective employer wants to see what opinion you have about yourself and how you are ready to fit into the team. This can be accomplished by asking, “What are you thinking about your friends?” Emphasize all those qualities that you have and which speak in favor of good interpersonal relationships and your working qualities, therefore, say that you are social, tolerant, dedicated, honest, in depending on what features you really have. But on the other side be objective and provide real disadvantages that your friends see in you for sure.
Issues related to plans and your future
With issues related to your job satisfaction employer wants to check out what motivates you and whether these motives are in line with what the company offers. Answer this time diplomatic or simply you can tell that satisfaction provides a harmonious relationship with the collective, the ability to advance (in personal and professional terms) and highlight some concrete example that is related to your area of work. In any event, the motives should be honest and reflect what you really think.
What are your plans and goals for the next five years?
Questions that concern your plans say how much you plan. You do not have the details to fill in the five years, but it would be good if you mention that you want to reach a certain position (for example) that have at least some kind of a plan to make it happen (training, loyalty, hard work …). Overall, it is essential that you have a vision of your professional development because only people with clear objectives making large enterprises. A clear picture of what you want to achieve at work and in life is important primarily for your own sake and your efficiency. Also, keep in mind that your vision of professional development should be in accordance with the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a marketing position and for five years you see yourself as a graduated dentist with your own ordination, there is a real question why would they hire you and whether you have in front of you a clear career path.
It happens that you log in at the position for which you are overqualified emphasize that you do not think so, but that your experience and knowledge only facilitate your progress and you will eventually be able to use them in the best interest of the company. Also be ready on sub-questions what would you do if you get a job and soon will complete for example another job that is more in line with your qualifications. And when the things are set up – you need to be honest with yourself first – would you change the company as you get a better opportunity? If so, then it is better to be honest with potential employers and to both know at start where you stand.
Issues related to money
The issue of money can be critical because with this employer try to see what are your expectations of him, but how realistic do you assess yourself and position you are applying for. The important thing is to have an answer on that question instead of refusing to answer or be unprepared. It would be best to inquire about commitments that await you in this work, the wage framework in the field of labor and in the town and that submit suspected wage in a certain range, so you don’t get into a situation to underestimate or overestimate yourself. You emphasize that you still do not know all the details about the job that awaits you and this sum may not be entirely realistic, but you’re sure that you will be paid a satisfactory amount and you will be justified to invest their work.
Questions related to your merits and demerits
Why you? Here you have the opportunity to highlight all the qualities that you are left out in the CV or cover letter. The employer wants to see how you are motivated and how you assess yourself. Are you arrogant, are you real or maybe you do not have confidence in general. Tell him what your strongest side is, of course, in the context of work that you perform. It would be good to be informed in details about the position for which you apply, so that according to the needs you can show that you are ready and will to make a contribution to the company, if they choose you, you can highlight with the arguments. You should give a recommendation (if you have it) to your prospective employer that he/she can gain thinking of your former superior to you.
What are your demerits?
The employer wants to find out how much you are able to realistically examine your limits, which is one of the key features necessary for the development of a person. This may be an uncomfortable question, if you didn’t prepare. We all have demerits; we should highlight at least some because otherwise the employer would mean that you are not self-critical and objective. But focus on the job because that’s why you came. The fact that you are a smoker for example is not virtue, but probably not decisive fact for the job. Also, try to understand the disadvantages of such opportunities and space for training, show that you are not afraid to admit that you have bad features, that you are aware of that and you will work on it, even though the demerit that you specify is essential for your future job.
Questions about resourcefulness will serve the employer to see in what way you think. Questions to this goal are generally unusual (it can be unpleasant), and the accuracy of the data that can be brought out in the background, because the aim is to show how you think and how you react in unfamiliar situations.
Questions about free time and overtime
Questions about free time and overtime give space to say something about your hobbies and interests outside the workplace, what you do, what you like and so on. A question about how to balance the obligations defined between the private and the business part of your life also may occur. Do not exaggerate and lie on these answers, but it is desirable to provide at least something. Specify any hobby you do, it says something about you and your general culture.
It can happen that your employer asks how much you are willing to, if necessary, work overtime and bring work home, or travel for a time when you should be at home and how will it affect on you.
If you are really ready to concentrate on the job, tell your employer. Say that you are aware that it is all part of business obligations and that you are ready and that in this segment you will try to do best what you have to (if that does not mean the cruel exploitation by the employer). However, if this is not the case, it would be desirable to admit and explain your reasons, but here again, be objective to yourself – whether it is necessary to pretend problem if, for example, periodically need to stay a little longer at work? Among these issues can be found some which is inadequate and that interferes with your privacy, it does not have to mean bad intention but the way that the interviewer relaxes you.
The questions that you will ask!
If your employer asks you on the interview if you have some questions for him, that question is not asked only out of politeness than in order to test your interest in the job, knowledge of the market and companies, as well as determining your priorities. However it is not advisable at the first interview to ask questions with the material motives. Prepare questions in advance about what you’re interested about this work and adapt it to the situation.
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