Monday, July 2, 2007

Things you'll have to answer - Part I

Here you will find the common questions you will have to answer in job interviews. Your success will depend upon your preparation; you will find unexpected questions about almost everything related to you. Use the following as a guideline:

1.Tell us about yourself

Classic, no doubt. You shouldn't try to look like Einstein, but try to use a good statement for it. Be yourself; think about your experience in other jobs and the way this may contribute in the position you are interviewing for. Try to keep you answer within the boundaries of job issues, your interviewer will not be interested in how your vacations were affected by the weather, or your favorite TV series.

2. Why should we hire you?

You already know what the company is looking for, from the job ad. Make a comparison on how your qualifications will fill their expectations.

3. Why do you want to work for us?

Everything you may say here has to be based on your investigation about the organization. Something that always causes a good impact is relating the company to your future.

4. What experience do you have?

If you have experience, start with the specifics that relate to the organization, and the job you are applying to. I you have not had a job, you may talk about activities you have performed that have helped you to develop abilities related to the job in question.

5. Do you know this organization?

In posts before, we were talking about the importance of researching the organization's profile as part of you preparation. Now is the time to use that info: the activity they are dedicated to, vision of the company, and so on. Be as specific as you can.

6. Do you know someone who works for us?

Some companies have specific policies for relatives that may work for the organization. Try to investigate it before you are interviewed.

7. Why did you leave your last job?

Don't start speaking about problems in the organization you belonged to. Try to relate it to a positive reason, like a studying opportunity or something like this.

8. Do you consider you have been successful in your career?

The answer to this question always has to be yes. Think about you goals, the way you have been accomplishing them, and how are you working to achieve the others.

9. Do you prefer working alone?

Beware! many job positions require teamwork abilities as a must, you don't want to give the impression that you cannot deal with teammates. Always show a positive attitude.

10. Which is your best asset to contribute to this organization?

This is your opportunity to talk about your strengths. You have to show how will the organization be benefited with your work.

Further questions in the next posts!

Job interview tip, preparing for a job interview