What Are the Top 5 Interview questions
1. Why do you want to leave your job
This question is there to catch you off guard. Here are the important points to remember:
a. Don’t be negative.
b. Don’t mention that you didn’t like your boss.
c. Don’t say anything if you were reprimanded and that you were stressed out because of it.
d. Don’t say you didn’t like it because the pay wasn’t great.
e. Don’t disrespect your fellow employees in any way.
If you mention any of the above you can basically wave goodbye to the job. The interviewer will immediately see that you have a very negative attitude and that is something they are not looking for
So how should you attempt to answer the question? well you could say something like:
“The company I work for is a great place and I have had two wonderful years with them but I’m looking for new responsibilities and fresh challenges. I’ve completed quite a few projects for them and won praise from management but there just seems to be no further movement in my career progression and my career goals are a really important factor for me.”
2. Tell me about yourself
This is one of the most open ended questions you will get at an interview. This is the deal breaker, this is the ‘will the interviewer like me or not’. This is a really tricky question to answer because it relates back to your employment history. The interviewer wants to know what you’ve done in the past and why you love it and why in part in relates to the job your applying for. Don’t reply back to the interviewer with ‘where should I start’ because you’re just throwing that back at the interviewer and they have to reword it. They won’t like that all. Remember, Your aren’t interviewing them, they are interviewing you! One more thing keep your personal life off the menu. Strictly business only.
So how should I answer this question?
if you were going for a banking job for example. You may want to briefly say that prior to university you became interested in finance and decided to so a degree in banking and following that you progressed to your first banking job where you completed several major projects and you are now a senior level banker.
Focus on what you’ve accomplished in your current role and perhaps previous roles. Give them a sense of pride in your achievements so that they get a feel that you can be really successful for them.
If you don’t have any major accomplishments, focus on areas that really helped the company in it’s workflow. Maybe something you organised like a trade fair, webinar or group training. We have all produced something, large or small, that we were proud of at work.
Talk about your strengths as well. For example, tell them that when you were working on a project I had to liaise with senior stakeholders, multiple development teams and clients in order to get the requirements exactly right before work was started. Here you are showing your great attention to detail and communication skills.
Always relate your accomplishments and strengths back to what the job description is asking for.
However, don’t lie. For example, you organised a trade fair for the business, when all you do is write documentation. An interviewer will sniff out a lie in an instant. So be careful.
3. Why do you want to work here?
The most important thing here is:
Preparation, preparation, preparation
What’s the reason you’ve applied for the job? if it’s just for the money, well then you ay as well not turn up for the interview. If you like the sound of the Job description and the company then you have a chance, but you need to do more. You need to live and breathe the company you’re applying for:
Research, Research, Research
If you want the job, you have to up your research game. Research the company via:
Deep down, write down what you really like about the company and how your past experiences has prepared you for this company.
You need to come across to the interviewer as being really familiar with the company and someone that is in tune with their core values. However, do not overdo the parise as this may come across as fake.
So how would you answer this question, well here is an example:
“I’m not looking to change jobs just for the sake of more money. My reasons go far deeper than that. I’m looking for my next challenge in a fast paced and ever changing industry. Your firm provides me with exactly those challenges. Your products and services are the envy of the competition and your growth has far exceeded analysts expectations. I believe I can bring the values your looking for to your company and help your company grow even further.”
4. Can you work under pressure ?
This is a really tricky question, because I bet you would just like to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, but don’t be tricked into doing that. If you say that, then it’s a negative score on your scoresheet and probably game over. They are looking for something deeper and meaningful here. You could turn this around into a competency based question, such as ‘tell me a time when you’ve had to work under pressure’. So that’s what you have to do, go back to your STAR points and find examples of times you had to work under pressure.
A typical answer might be:
“In my current position, I deal with pressure almost on a daily basis. We have very tight deadlines to get work completed by. I’ve developed a method where I organise my work in a logical way and plan out how I intend to solve the issues. In that way I’ve eradicated the pressure on me and stressful situations I’ve found myself in”
5. Why do you want to work here?
This is usually the last question you would be asked in an interview. This is the opportunity to summarise your skills and to say why they are a good match to the qualities they are looking for in their job.
Your answer should be short and match your qualities to the qualities they are looking for in the job description. So what areas do you need to address:
a) What are their goals for the job you are applying for.
b) Make sure you pair up your experiences with the goals of the job and that you can support those goals.
c) Are their core values and strengths matched to your values and strengths
d) What is your interest in the position, state what they are, be enthusiastic but not overly so, but make them aware you really want the position.
Short ands sweet answers are always best:
“I’m very much qualified for this position for the following reasons. I’m a team player, I have the skills your looking for, I meet deadlines, I strive for perfection and I have a desire to be successful”
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