This article describes most common questions asked during a job interview and gives some tips on answering them.
Q: Tell me about yourself. (The interviewer wants to listen to how you talk and gain a first impression of you).
A: This question is asked at almost every job interview to start a conversation. Talk about your qualification, career, skills and abilities. Emphasise your qualifications and skills that are the most relevant for the offered job.
Q: Describe your achievements. (The interviewer wants to know how successful you are).
A: This is another most commonly asked question, so be prepared. To answer it, mention your professional achievements and accomplishments. Identify your knowledge and skills used in a certain situation and list your advantages.
Q: Are you satisfied with your career? (The interviewer wants to know how happy, positive, ambitious, and self-confident you are).
A: If you feel you are moving too slowly in your career and cannot answer with a confident Yes, explain why it happens this way.
Q: What was the most difficult situation you faced recently and how did you handle it? (The interviewer wants to know how consistent you are, whether you have initiative, and what you define as difficult).
A: This question is a trap. Don't get entrapped and recall a difficult situation that was not caused by you. Explain why and how you solved the problem and tell the interviewer about the outcome. Always end on a positive note.
Q: What are your strengths? (The interviewer wants to understand what value you can add to the company and whether you will fit in with the rest of the team).
A: This question will certainly come up and there is no excuse for being unprepared. Tell the interviewer about your greatest strengths. Give three or four explanations of how they can yield benefits for your prospective employer. Such strengths include technical proficiency, ability to learn quickly, commitment, positive attitude, interpersonal skills, and teamwork. Give several examples and be ready to confirm them.
Q: What is your biggest weakness? (The interviewer wants to know in which areas you need some help and whether you can analyse yourself).
A: Don't say you have none — everybody does have weaknesses. There are at least two ways that you can answer this question. The first one implies using a professional weakness such as lack of experience in any area that is irrelevant for the vacancy. The second way is to describe a personal or professional weakness that can be turned into a strength. Don't forget to mention how proactive you are in dealing with your weakness.
Q: What kind of decision do you find most difficult? (The interviewer wants to know how decisive you are and how you react to stressful situations).
A: You should sound confident. Emphasise that difficult decisions must be made after careful consideration of all facts and scenarios. This answer will present you in the most favourable light.
Q: Why do you want to leave your current job?
A: Your answer should be straightforward. Tell the interviewer that you are looking for a bigger challenge, responsibility, and new experience. Always try to sound positive when stating the reasons.
Q: How do you deal with conflict? (The interviewer wants to know how strong you are and whether you are able to admit your mistakes).
A: This is another trap question. Demonstrate your ability to listen, introduce changes when required, and be courageous enough to stand up for your beliefs.
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