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Top 10 job interview questions and how to answer them

 

A Job Interview happens at an advanced stage of selection process and it is an opportunity to convince the employer to hire you, decide if the company and the job are right for you and to show your soft skills. On the other hand, the job interview is used by the company as a way to deepen the information presented on your CV, verify if your profile is adequate for the job requirements and collect extra information in order to reach a decision about hiring you.

Many questions interviewers ask are typical and transversal to any job interview. It is important to be prepared for them because it will allow you to answer quickly and more precisely. That doesn’t mean you should memorize your answers, actually you should avoid it because it might stop you from being spontaneous and to provide important information you haven’t trained at home.


TOP 10 JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

1. Tell me about Yourself
Speak for 2/3 minutes about your life experiences that are more relevant for the job. Don’t give unnecessary personal information. Practice it by asking yourself “Who am I?” and make a list of important skills and choose the most relevant and which relate to the job. Choose examples that prove you have the abilities you have chosen. 

2. What are your greatest strengths?
You should relate your strengths with the qualifications required in the job description. Think about adjectives that characterize you and your main soft skills and justify your answer.  

  1. 3. What are your greatest weaknesses?
  2. We have 4 pieces of advice regarding this question:
  • - Don’t mention weaknesses that are directly linked to the job qualifications.
  • - Don’t use common adjectives everyone uses such as you are stubborn or perfectionist.
  • - Never say you don’t have any or you don’t remember any.
  • - Show that your weakness is not an impediment and that it can be improved, giving some examples of what you are doing to overcome it. 
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  2. 4. Why do you want to work with us?
  3. Talk about the company’s excellent reputation and explain why it fits perfectly to you. You can put on the table the skills and attributes you have that you think will be good for the organization. Don’t show desperation and don’t say it is because of the salary.  
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  5. 5. What do you know about the company?
  6. Here you should do your homework and try to obtain the maximum information you can have about the company (by visiting their webpage and reading any news article if available) and the position you are applying for.
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  8. 6. What was the biggest accomplishment in your career?
  9. Try to relate big accomplishments to your work experiences and especially to the one you are applying to. Think about something you did in the past (maybe in other professional experiences) that is important for this position.
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  11. 7. Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it?
  12. Once again you have an opportunity to show your soft skills. Try to think about something that shows you can solve problems, you can deal with pressure and communicate well with your team and colleagues. 
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  14. 8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  15. Even if it’s not true, say you see yourself working in the company and you are enthusiastic about the career possibilities you can have within it.
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  17. 9. Why are you leaving / did you leave your previous job?
  18. Be careful what you say, especially if both jobs are similar. Never mention how you dislike your former boss or colleagues because it shows lack of professionalism. Answer in a positive way, saying you are looking for a job that better fits your professional interests such as the one you are applying to now.
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  20. 10. What are your salary expectations?
  21. Gather information about how much a person with your experience working in the same sector normally earns (there are various online sources for different countries and sectors). Try to reverse it in a way that the interviewer first makes you a salary proposal.  If it doesn’t happen, say you are flexible and offer maximum value within a reasonable salary range. Don’t forget to mention that this opportunity for you means more than money.
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By: Joana Correia


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