Going for an interview is always a nerve-wrecking experience that everyone has to go through in their lives. It is very important to express yourself well and leave a good impression on the employers. Unfortunately we cannot read minds and know what the employer will ask us, but it’s always good to go prepared.
1) Can you tell me about yourself?
Don’t give your complete employment or personal data. Start off with a couple of accomplishments or experiences that are the most suitable for the job. Afterwards, talk about how you prior job has positioned you for this specific role.
2) What do you know about us?
When an employer asks you this question, s/he doesn’t care whether you understand the mission, but they want to know whether you care about it. Start outlining key facts which show that you understand the company’s goals and then include phrases such as: “I’m personally drawn to this mission because…”
3) Why should we hire you?
If this question is asked, you are in luck as it’s a perfect opportunity to sell yourself and your skills. Mention some things such as “I not only do the work, but also deliver great results”. Answer how this job meets your professional needs and how you can contribute at your highest potential in the role.
4) What are your strengths?
5) What are your weaknesses?
During this question, the interviewer is trying to gauge your self-awareness and honesty. Don’t answer that you are perfect. Try to think of something that you struggle with; but you are currently working to improve on your weakness.
6) How do you deal with challenges or conflicts at work?
Think of how you could handle the situation professionally and productively with a happy ending.
7) Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Be honest when answering this question, but keep in mind that the interviewer wants to know if you have set up realistic expectations for your career, if you have ambition and if the career aligns with your goals. In case you don’t know what to answer, it’s fine to say that you don’t know what the future holds. Think about becoming a point of refrence in your area, for example in Development or Banking.
8) What do you think we could do better or differently as the company?
Answering to this question means that you both know about the company, but also the level of your critical thinking. So come with new ideas and what new features you would like to see and most importantly how your interests and expertise would help the company.
9) Why did you change career paths (if applicable)?
Just answer why and give a few examples how our past experience is transferrable to the new role.
10) What do you like to do after working hours?
Be honest whilst answering this question; however don’t go into too much detail.
11) What are your salary expectations?
It is recommended to ask for the highest wage that applies for the position (also based on your experience, education and skills). Refer to trusted Salary Sources and Benchmarks.
12) Do you have any questions?
Your question should leave a strong and lasting impression. Try answering in such a way which shows that you are showing interest about the job. Examples include:
- How would you describe the company culture?
- Are there any upcoming projects you’d like me to work on?
- Where do you see this company over the next year?
- What can I expect in the future?
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