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Question 1: Can you tell me something about yourself?
This is typically the first question in the job interview. If you answer it well, you will make a good first impression, feel better and logically have better chances to get a job. You should focus on work related things in your answer. That means, what you do, what you are good at, what you have done before, what are you looking for in your career, etc. You can mention your personal life and hobbies briefly, but it is not what the employer is interested in. Anyway, it is advisable to not spend more than one minute answering this question. It is simply not good to tire the interviewers right in the beginning… This is just a starting question. Good example of an answer can be:
“I like to manage people and work on interesting projects. I have been working for IBM for the past ten years, but am looking for a new challenge right now. I like to do sports, especially football and spend my free time with my wife.
Question 2: Why did you apply for this job?
Interviewers need to understand your intentions. And it is perfectly all right and good for you. If you prepare a good answer to this interview question, you can convince them right in the beginning that you are the best person for the job. The key thing is to speak about the company, not about you (this will be deeply described later). Anyway, you should definitely spend some time reading company website and the job description, so you know what to answer to this interview question. Here are two good examples:
“I really like the job description and the working duties for this position. I believe that I am the perfect match for the job and can be an asset for your team.”
“I decided to apply because I really like the vision of your company and the possibilities for me there. It is a role where I can use my full potential and really help your company to grow.”
If you answer it well. I like to do sports. what you do. so you know what to answer to this interview question. Here are two good examples: “I really like the job description and the working duties for this position. I believe that I am the perfect match for the job and can be an asset for your team. You can mention your personal life and hobbies briefly. but am looking for a new challenge right now. especially football and spend my free time with my wife. And it is perfectly all right and good for you. It is simply not good to tire the interviewers right in the beginning… This is just a starting question. Question 2: Why did you apply for this job? Interviewers need to understand your intentions. it is advisable to not spend more than one minute answering this question. That means. feel better and logically have better chances to get a job. you should definitely spend some time reading company website and the job description. what you have done before. etc. It is a role where I can use my full potential and really help your company to grow. Anyway. what you are good at. The key thing is to speak about the company. Anyway. you can convince them right in the beginning that you are the best person for the job. Good example of an answer can be: “I like to manage people and work on interesting projects.15 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Answers Question 1: Can you tell me something about yourself? This is typically the first question in the job interview.” “I decided to apply because I really like the vision of your company and the possibilities for me there.” . not about you (this will be deeply described later). you will make a good first impression. I have been working for IBM for the past ten years. If you prepare a good answer to this interview question. but it is not what the employer is interested in. You should focus on work related things in your answer. what are you looking for in your career.
or why you areforced to make a change. Let me show you few good answers to this interview question. achieved great results and help it to become the leader on the market. However. you can still offer a good answer to this interview question. It is important to stay positive on this place and do not mention any negative things about your previous employers. However. I believe that the results of my work can be rewarded better somewhere else. although I asked for it. “I studied in Cambridge.” Question 4: Can you tell me something about your education? For some employers and for certain positions. Employers use to inquire about it.” “I want to be very honest to you. your education is very important. not on the past. Based on the job description I really believe that I can find what am I looking for in your company. I was fired.” “There was a downsizing in our company and similarly to most people in my department. employers want to understand the reasons why you want to make a change. project management and process management. You should simply focus on the future.Question 3: Why did you leave your last job? / Why are you planning to leave your job? Change is a part of life. I am ready to utilize the knowledge and experience and start to build my new career in your corporation. I was very active during my studies and took part in several practical projects. it is the past. if you do not have it. I have been in this company for seven years. However. “My last job was not challenging enough. . However. Overall my studies were really practical and I believe that I am very well prepared for this job of a project manager. Try to not focus on the names of the schools. Degrees like MBA are prestigious and many employers prefer candidates with these forms of degrees. I was not motivated to wake up to work anymore and I really needed a change. maybe in your company. but on the knowledge you gained. I did never get a raise and was never promoted. Here is an example of a good answer to this interview question. I acquired knowledge from statistics.
You can use the following answers for your inspiration. Many job seekers spend twenty minutes answering this interview question. it really can convince the employer to hire you! You should simply focus on your USP (Unique selling point). “Well. You simply need to find this unique selling point by yourself. It is good to have such a worker in your team. To use general phrases will not help you. I have a relevant experience for the job and I am strongly motivated to work for your company. However.” “I fulfill all the requirements for the job.” “I believe that I bring success with me to the companies. I believe that I can utilize the knowledge and contacts I gained during this time in your company. It means to show the employer something special other candidates can not offer him. mostly we were working on smaller energetic projects. From my other experience I can briefly mention my position in marketing from 1998 to 2001 and my freelancing experience from 2005 to 2009. You should pick just one or two from your previous jobs and briefly describe what you did there and what you learned there. All the companies where I worked were prospering.” Question 6: Why should we hire you? This is probably the most difficult interview question. You can contact my previous employers to question about this.Question 5: Can you tell us something more about your working experience? You should always pick the most related experience. isn’t it?” . Employer hiring for marketing management position is not interested in your experiences from MC Donald’s. I learned how to budget the project and lead it from the scratch to completion. However. I think that I am a nice guy and help to create a good atmosphere in the workplace. what helped me to gain a good overall understanding of business. some other applicants do probably also fulfill it. You can use the following answer for your inspiration. if your answer is convincing enough. I had done a lot of things in my life. From 2001 to 2004 I worked like a project manager for Siemens. But it is a mistake. really.
More important is to define how exactly you try to get rid of your weakness. However. as I am getting older I am starting to distinguish who I can trust and who I can not trust. what is strongly reflected in my work. Secondly. “I am not very patient. Here are some good examples of an answer. And it is easy to answer it. you should choose the weakness that is not so important for the job you are applying for.Question 7: What are your strengths? Interview questions about strengths and weaknesses are typical. All you have to do is to pick one or two strengths that are relevant for the job. doing various exercises. I practice every day and my concentration has improved over the years.” “I have good communication skills.” . This is pretty straight forward and you should manage to do it.” Question 8: What are your weaknesses? It is not so important what weaknesses you list here. what is obviously not good. However. But I am working on it every day. but it brought me into many problematic situations in the past.” “Sometimes I struggle to concentrate. “I am very responsible person and always accomplish all my duties. This is what the employer wants to hear. It is nice to live with it.” “I am a very organized person. but especially in job like this one.” “I trust the people too much. I believe that communication skills are crucial in every job.
You just need to choose some for your answers to interview questions. “I was able to run marathon under 3:30. you can do a mistake here. You should think about it for a while.Question 9: What are your goals in five years horizon? Every responsible person has some goals. Think about it… Our life is full of achievements. Other fact is that everyone of us has some achievements. If you was a heavy smoker before and was able to quit smoking. However. Employers can be impressed by both tangible and intangible achievements.” Question 10: What are your biggest achievements so far? Achievements are more important for the employers than your experiences.” “I want to start a family and have a good position. When questioning you about your goals.. they simply want tohear that you have any goals. Just like our job applicants did in their answers. This is a fact.” . it shows that you have a strong determination and will. Employers know this.” “I would like to be promoted in five years and have a really good job in a really good company – like yours one. Some people like to mention that they dream about their own business. This is not a good answer. My goal is to become a better manager and help my employer to achieve good results as much as I can. the sales of the company grew by 20 percent every year.” “When I worked like a sales manager in Cobeco Inc. We just sometimes do not realize it. I believe that your company is a right place to realize my goals. Companies do not want to hire someone who leaves after two years to start his own business. I trained for it very hard and it strengthen me both physically and mentally.
This is very important for me.” . I consider this as my biggest achievement. to see a purpose in my job. “I want to feel important in my job. All I want to be sure about when it comes to my boss a nd colleagues is that they are qualified for the job. I would not apply for it.” Question 12: What motivates you? / How do you motivate the others? Motivation is crucial in every role. If I was not strongly motivated to do this job. I would never work only for money. you will not work alone. Interviewers try to understand if you fit into the company and if you mayget along with your colleagues. The crucial thing here is to not mention anything too tangible.” Question 11: What characterize a good boss/ colleague from your point of view? In most of the companies.“I became a better person over the years. Concretely.” “There is nothing like an ideal boss for me. to say that you prefer your boss to be older than you is a huge risk… If the boss is younger. I learned to listen to the others and see the good in people. The best way to do so is to show the enthusiasm in the interview and be filled with energy! If you do so.” “I just like to work. You need to convince the employer that you are motivated and do not need any special incentives to work hard. you will not get this interview question about motivation. I simply focus on my job and on my performance and try to avoid any conflicts with other employees. do a good job for my employer. I am sure they are qualified. if it comes here is the answer. “I can get along with everyone. The best way is to choose a neutral answer and say that you can pretty much get along with everybody. Let’s have a look at two good responds. However. It naturally motivates me to work hard and try to become better every day. you will not be chosen. And when I see the level of proficiency in this interview.
But if you really can not short circuit the notice period or something else. according to my knowledge. it is always better to mention the salary range than the figure.000″. you should never say less than your minimum expectations are. However. salary is not a deciding factor for me. If they need someone from the next month. you still can save yourself with an exceptional answer! Let’s have a look at several of these answers. you should have your answer ready.000 for this position. If the employers ask it. However.Question 13: What are your salary expectations? This is actually a good question. I have looked at the average salarie s and found out that the average is between $35. I will accept an average salary for this position what is something between $35. “I really like this job and would like to do it.” Question 14: When are you able to start? Companies have their plans and needs.000 and $40. but I want to finish the project I currently work on. as I really like would like to have this job.” “I could possibly start tomorrow. I have very good relations with my boss so I am sure I can negotiate it and start earlier. “First of all. It will be very unprofessional and irresponsible from me to leave now. I am willing to accept the lower figure from this range. “I am ready to start as soon as possible. Here are examples of good answers to this interview question. I hope you understand this. The key is to emphasize that the salary is not the deciding factor for you.” “There is a two months notice period in my company.” . It won’t make any sense…If you need to mention the number. once the employer starts it. it means that they consider to hire you (or least give you a chance). You should not start the discussion about salary by yourself. I will need two or three weeks. they need him and that’s it. I really like the job description and want to get this job. That’s why you should always say that you can start when they need you. on the other hand. However.000 and $40.
there is a place for the questions of the candidates. However. It is good to ask one or two questions. you can use one of the following questions: “What are the next steps of the recruiting process?” “Can you tell me something more about the working environment?” “What are the goals of your company in long term horizon?” . You should definitely not ask about something that was already answered in the interview or something from the job description.Question 15: Do you have any questions? In every good job interview.
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