When preparing for a job interview, you will have a lot of things to take into consideration. One of these is that you will have to answer several questions regarding your career, job experience, and style of work. The good thing is that many of these can be prepared in advance.
Knowing this, the Resumance team has collected a list of frequently asked, vital questions to help you prepare for the interview so you can analyze your own experience and highlight key achievements. With this comprehensive list, you'll feel more at ease before and during the interview, and be ready to answer key questions, no matter how the recruiter has formulated them. Let's get started!
Top questions job-seekers should keep in mind
- What are my professional strengths and competencies? (read article about important skills you need)
- How can I apply my strengths and competencies to my new position?
- What professional skills can I offer and how will these benefit the employer?
- What are the key professional qualities required for the new position?
- What difficult situation or challenge will I successfully overcome, if I had to face them at work?
- What would I like to do and how will I develop myself as a professional in 5 years?
- What is my career goal?
- What is my "ideal job"?
- What is the reason for leaving my previous job?
- What distinguishes me from other candidates? (for example, specific or extensive experience in a particular field, special skills, etc.)
- Why do I want this job?
- Why would I want to work for this company and what are the qualities that I like about them?
- What significant achievements am I particularly proud of?
- What is my expected salary?
- What will be my first step once I start with my new job?
- What do I know about this company?
- What did I like most and least about my previous job?
- How do I usually work in a team?
- What situation do I consider critical at work? Which skills and traits help me cope with these difficulties / challenges?
- What difficult decisions did I have to tackle in my previous job?
- What questions do I want to ask my potential employer?
Interview Questions: Why do they matter?
Each of these interview questions serves a specific purpose, and it's your responsibility as a candidate to save the interview process from failure. Oftentimes, recruiters want to determine how well you know their company. However, it's best to know your boundaries. What's more important is that you should appear confident during the interview process and show your desire and enthusiasm to work for said position.
The question of wages can help you get a better understanding on how you evaluate yourself, but proceed to answering this with caution. Prior to the interview, you need to have already determined your ideal or "comfortable" salary level, but keep in mind that it should be correlated with your job experience, skills, and the labor market.
A lot of applicants tend to overlook or simply disregard the question about future career plans. In fact, answering this question can show how much you have decided on your chosen career path, and what you want from life in general.
One of the most important questions to answer is your desire to work in a company. This is necessary because it lets you understand your reasons for choosing a particular company among so many others. Of course, any recruiter will want to see a sincere interest from the applicant who wants to fill in that job vacancy.
Bottom line is, we advise you to be open and sincere in any job interview. Answering the questions above will let you understand whether you, the employee, are able to cope with the work at hand; whether you will be loyal and devoted to the new company; and what role you'll be able to take. Likewise, the candidate has every right to ask the interviewer any question to determine whether or not they're willing to work for the company. Collaboration with the recruiter is key to a successful job interview!