Job interviews are often a tedious and stressful process; the best way to prepare for an interview is to prepare for the responses to the questions. Below are some common questions asked by interviewers.
" Tell me about yourself.”
Identify and memorise some of your attributes. Introduce yourself and describe how your skills make you a valuable asset. “I am a fresh graduate majoring in Bachelor of Marketing. My role as a President of my school club, the Student Council, has taught me…”
" What have your achievements been to date?”
Choose an achievement that is work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills used in the achievement and quantify the tangible benefits it had for the organization.
"Why do you want to work for us and how does this job position interest you?”
The employer wants to know if the job suits you. Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organisation. Describe the attributes of the organisation that interest you most.
"What challenges are you looking for in this position?"
Discuss how you would like to effectively utilise your skills and experiences if you were hired for the job. Mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to effectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging job. You can continue by describing specific examples of challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in the past.
“Why do you want to change job?”
Do not be negative in your reasons for changing jobs. State how you are looking for new responsibilities, challenges and a different experience in your prospective job.
“What is your expected salary?”
Avoid giving an exact number. The first person to name a price in a salary negotiation loses. An example of a good answer would be “I expect to be paid in the appropriate range for this role, based on my experience and average median across the industry.”
“Is there anything else that we should know about you that would contribute to our decision?”
“I am a continuous learner and try to keep myself updated of all advancements in the industry. I embrace challenges and I’m certain that I would be able to achieve the goals that I set for myself and beyond.”
“Give us an example of a situation where you’ve faced conflict or difficult communication problems?”
This type of question is your chance to demonstrate your interpersonal relations and team-working skills. Employers would want to recruit people who will get along well with its colleagues and deliver the company’s objectives.
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