How To Ace The Interview With Your Future Employer

How To Ace The Interview With Your Future Employer
How To Ace The Interview With Your Future Employer

The answers to the most common interview questions that you need to be prepared for.
It is obvious that nobody can know in advance all the questions that can be asked on an interview. The theoretical exception is the structured interviews when all the candidates get the same set of questions in prepared list in advance. But this kind of interview doesn’t happen often. However, in practice it is possible to make a list of 15-20 common questions, many of which you can hear in a similar way in almost every interview.

Let’s review the list of such questions.

Tell us about yourself :

This is the perfect chance to present yourself in the best way, especially if you prepared in advanced. The employer is looking for a worker that can do work, has the necessary qualification, experience, and cares about the job.  The employer must see that you are really interested in this job and understand your motives. Also the employer is looking for a worker that is a good team player, feels responsibility, discipline, positively react to criticism, and can listen and understand.

It is necessary to prepare a story about yourself which will show that you have the required qualities above that are really important to employers. If you are applying for a certain position, your story should be built based on that. Tell them about yourself; make it a short description with some biographic information, but don’t get into details. The most important thing is to mention the practical experience, the knowledge and skills which can be useful to the employer. Also, it is important to show a positive attitude and interest in the job.

Do you have any questions?

This question can be asked in the beginning of the interview and only preliminary preparation will help you respond correctly. It is good to have a list of prepared questions that during the interview, depending on the situation, you can ask the employer.  It is not necessary to ask the employer more that three different types of questions unless because of the situation you have to ask more.

Why did you choose this position (organization)?

Show the employer serious reasons: a desire to use your qualification and experience in the field where you can receive great feedback, an opportunity to grow, a chance to work in a growing and strong team.

Have you had any other job interviews?

If you had, tell them. The idea that somebody wants to hire you will only raise your chances.  But certainly it is necessary to tell that you are interested in this job more.

Did you pass the interview in other places? 

Based on common sense, it is better to say the truth “yes”, but do not hurry up to say where exactly.

Might your private life affect your work if you will need to travel or work late hours?

More often the employer asks this question of women. On such an attempt to avoid the law, answer firmly: “No, it won’t.”

What are your strengths?

Emphasize first all those qualities that might be useful to the given job.

What are your weaknesses? 

Never ever answer this question straight. You have to turn the answer to show minor quirks that are compensated by good advantages.

Why do you wish to get this job? Why should we hire you?

This is the best question “to sell” yourself. But it is necessary to be prepared for it carefully in advance.

Don’t talk about any conflicts at your previous job even if they existed. Never criticize the former managers or the employer. If the interviewer knows that you had a conflict, do not go into detail; just explain that it was a small case because of some special circumstances. Focus on what was positive in the previous work: experience, skills, professional communications, etc.

Why have you decided to change your place of work?

You can be asked such a question if you are still working at the moment of the interview.
To give a good answer to this question is not easy. It is possible to say that in your company, the real opportunities for your professional growth have already finished and you would like to continue your growth.

How do you see yourself in three (five) years? 

It is better to give a general answer: I would like to work in the same organization, but at more responsible work.

At what kind of salary you are looking for?

In the beginning of the interview try to avoid answering this question, just say that you are not ready to discuss salary right away. If the interviewer insists, then name the amount that sounds reasonable to you and matches the company’s expectations. If you don’t have such information, then name the amount that you are looking for and tell the interviewer that you are open to negotiation at the end of the interview when you will known more about the position.

What would you like to know more about the position?

Never say that you don’t have any questions. Try to ask a question which would speak well for your hiring. For example, ask the interviewer to specify something important about the work that wasn’t clearly discussed during the interview. Prepare these questions in advance but don’t try to discuss them all if the interviewer won’t ask you. Do not forget to thank the employer for the given information.

What kind of innovations would you bring to us if you will get this position?

This question is more often asked for applicants for manager or an administrative position.
It is necessary to show confidence and skills to take the initiative but don’t be overzealous.
Also be careful of offer changes if you didn’t have a change to get enough information to make the offer.

These are the most common questions that are offered to candidates at an interview.
Sometimes, it is possible to bump an unexpected and externally harmless question.
For an example: “What you did today?” Think of how favorably for yourself you can answer this question.

However the problem also involves how you actually spend time and what kind of style of life will raise your chances of getting a job.

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