1. Tell me about yourself→
The answer to this question is usually with reference to the qualifications required for the position. Keep responses concise and brief and avoid being negative about previous jobs and bosses. Customize the response according to the duties and responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for.
2. What are your greatest strengths?
Keep this as job related as possible by relating to a job task/skill that you know to be an asset of yours. “I like traveling and making new friends” is not a good answer.
3. What are your greatest weaknesses?
The employer is looking for honesty here, but it helps not to be too blunt. Tone down your self-critique and say it with a smile.
4. Motive Questions
What can you contribute to this company?
Where do you hope to be in five years? This type of question should be answered enthusiastically. Show the interviewer you are interested in the position and relate the answers to the duties and responsibilities of the job.
5. Personality Questions
What do you do in your spare time?
Present yourself as a well-rounded person. Your answer gives you dimension, describe your hobbies briefly.
6. Job Satisfaction Questions
Why are you looking for another job?
What do you like most/least about your previous job/jobs?
Why did you leave your previous employer/employers?
Never speak poorly about former employers. Be positive. You are providing clues about the environment you seek.
7. Other Questions Be Prepared To Answer
Are you willing to be transferred to another city or country?
May we check your references?
May we see some sort of a proof of your salary? (Bring along your salary slip)
Ask the Right Questions In Your Interview
Interviews are no longer a one-way question-answer process. Employers expect you to ask questions, indulge in a two-way conversation in order to get to know you better and assess you for the job in mind.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Not only will it show that you’re keen on the job being offered, but it will also help you determine if this is the right job for you. The research you did earlier on the company should form a basis for some of your questions.
Ask job related questions. Focus on the job, the company, products, services and people. Ask about your potential peers, subordinates and superiors. Take notes prior to the interview, write down your list of questions and take them with you. And while questioning, make sure that the employer doesn’tfeel he’s being cross examined.
Here are a few sample questions you could ask:
– What would my responsibilities and duties be? – Describe a typical day on the job.
– What are the most difficult aspects of this position?
– Describe the department’s/company’s growth in the next two years?
– What is the philosophy on training and development in the company?
– How do you think I’d fit into this job/on your team/into your organization?
– What projects would I be involved in now? Within the first year?
– What would my career path be like during the next year or two?
– What would be the opportunities I’d get to enhance my skill sets?
If you like what you see make a positive statement about the position. If you are sincerely interested in the position and are satisfied with the answers given, you should ask the interviewer if he/she feels that you are qualified for the position