Answer in terms of the skills and personal qualities you have relevant to the job.
You may refer to your academic qualifications, relevant sections of university courses, experience in the workplace, leisure activities or personal qualities.
Point of views
Learning Spirit and Strong Motivation to grow and develop
Communication Skill such as Presentation, Public Speaking and Negoitation Skill
Organizational experiences for six years from faculty level untill national level
"What has prompted you to apply for this position?"
Explain why you are interested in the organisation.
If you have had a long-term interest in them, say so.
If location is significant, you could mention this after talking about your interest in the firm.
Try not to focus on what you will get from the organisation, but the qualities you will bring to them.
You could mention that you see the position as offering challenge, a chance to learn new things and to enhance and develop skills and abilities necessary for the position.
Point of views
P&G is one of Multy National Company. Joining with MNC is my dream
P&G is one of market leader in ….
MARKETING is The most front position in every company which face the customer directly relate with my skill
The work is so dinamyc which need impromptu actions we can learn so many things everyday
"What do you want from us?"
This is a good time to talk about training or promotion opportunities giving some idea of long-term career plans.
There may be aspects of the organisation's work that really interest you, and you may wish to move into another area of that organisation later on.
The interviewer is probably trying to assess your enthusiasm and ambition.
Point of views
I need the environment to grow and develop my skill
I need the place for learning to prepare reaching my long term goal of mylife.
I need friends, community and coach who can help me to broad and sharp the vision of my life
I need and want the promotion opportunities, a profesional life style and more qualified living condition
"At the end of the first year, if you got this job, how would you measure your success?"
In your preparation for the interview you would have developed a good understanding of the duties and personal attributes listed in the job description, as well as finding out about the goals and objectives of the organisation.
Think about tangible results you might be able to achieve on the job that contribute to those goals and objectives.
The interviewer is not so interested here in what tasks or duties you plan to have completed, but how you go about planning and assessing your own performance.
Are there any practical ways you currently measure your success in part-time work or study e.g. sales figures, grades, feedback from your supervisor or lecturer?
Point of views
Understanding job description. Make a standar minimum by the result of the best person achievment in his/her first year.
Do I get the stick or carrot from the company. (Reward or reprimand)
"What appeals to you about this job?"
This is similar to Questions 2 and 3 , but you may want to focus more closely on the specific duties outlined in the job description or what your understanding of typical tasks for this kind of job would be.
Again, cover the kinds of skills , interests or knowledge from previous study or work that you would bring to the position .
Point of views
Being A Marketer is the same like doing my own bussiness. We have to know about the segmentation of the market, making the specific target and try to manuever for positioning our product. So that, those can make my sense of bussiness will be more sensetive.
I will meet many kinds of people so that I’m able to have new relationship and able to learn a lot of things
W hat are your long-term plans?"
If you are flexible about your long-term plans say so, however, it pays to give a general picture of what interests you now, and how you see that developing.
You should not commit yourself to a long-term period with an employer if you do not honestly feel that you can do so.
At this stage you may not be in a position to know how long you would see yourself staying in any one job.
On the other hand, you are keen to put to work the skills that you have developed.
Avoid 'I don't know' and a shrug of the shoulders , as an employer is usually trying to assess how motivated and interested you are!
Point of views
After learning in Multy National Company, at least for next 10 years later I will build my own bussiness institution
I will be A bussiness Owner meanwhile I am an Excutive officer in Multy National Company
What do you see yourself doing in five years from now?
Similar to Question 6. Your answer will give evidence of whether or not you are the sort of person who plans ahead.
Remember that fewer and fewer employers expect all their employees to make a life-long career in their organisation.
You may want to express a desire to progress as rapidly as ability and opportunities allow within the organisation, or what you would like to do on a broader scale.
Point of views
A Profesional Manager In Multy National Company, who has high reputation with great sense of bussiness
A Speaker who’s well known in Indonesia
Being an executive officer in THE Profesional Club that I enter
"How long do you expect to stay with us?"
Do not commit yourself to a specific time unless you are quite clear on this.
Indicate you anticipate staying in the position for as long as it takes to learn the job and to gain experience in it, and that you then hope to move on within the organisation.
After making a comment yourself, you can always turn this question back to the employer and ask how long they would expect you to stay with them.
Point of views
I waill be at this company as long as I am needed, as long as I get chalenges
And less and more after 10 years, if the company allow me to be apart of the company meanwhile I build my own bussiness institutions, I will be please still joining here
"Tell us about yourself"
If this is asked at the beginning of the interview give a quick run down of your qualifications and experience to date, then ask whether the interviewer(s) would like you to expand.
If the question is asked towards the end of the interview and you have already talked a lot about yourself, then this is the opportunity for you to elaborate on any positive points and put across any messages you have not had the chance to give so far.
Point of views
I am learning person who has learning spirit, which is reading and joining with profesional club are my hoby.
I am one of men who has succedd to build the soft comptetencies and make it as the life reference
I like communicating with other people, so that I have build the comunication skill such as public speaking, presentation and negoitation skill
I was growing in organization environment with six years experieneces in many organisation.
"Why should we appoint you?"
Answer in terms of the qualifications, skills and interests that you have which are relevant to the position, i.e. summarise your suitability.
Where a job description is available before the interview, make sure you have studied it thoroughly as part of your preparation for the interview.
Your reply should be based on the required skills outlined in the job description.
Do not compare yourself with other applicants even if you know some of them.
If you are invited by the interviewers to compare yourself with other applicants, politely state that you are not in a position to judge others, and leave that side of the interviewing to them!
Point of views
Finding Someone with fixed and qualified Soft competencies is not easy, and I have been the one who has relized, how important it is. And have built it for the last two years.
I have the tools to learn rapidly, such as learning spirit, vision of life, comunication skill and organization experinces
"Have you applied for other jobs?"
Be honest .
This question is often used during graduate recruitment.
Your approach to job hunting indicates how you approach challenges.
Employers are aware of the competitiveness of the job market.
They would be most surprised if you indicated that you have not applied for other jobs and may question your initiative or motivation.
If you are not a student/graduate participating in a university recruitment programme, you may wish to approach this question more carefully. The interviewer may be looking to ascertain how focused and clearly defined your job objective may be.
Point of views
So far not yet, cause I have to prepare a lot now, especially english and the information of the company. And now p&g is the most wanted company I hope to join so that I have so many information about P&G in my computer at home.
"How do you handle pressure?"
Give examples of situations where you have been under pressure and ways in which you have positively handled it.
Remember this is a typical example of a question where there is no one correct answer.
The employer is more interested in whether you have developed strategies for coping under pressure rather than in what these strategies are.
Point of views
In midle of march 2004, my organization “Forsidik” organized a seminar, the topic is about “Golput in Islamic Persfective”. That seminar had disturbed Panwaslu. I am as a chairman of Forsidik was called by Panwaslu to come to their office at Police Office. I was asked by the chairman of Panwaslu and police staff, that was about 20 minutes, the conclusion was they didn’t agree with the seminar and they asked me to canceled that seminar. But after 20 minutes that have no any arguments which can be used to cancel my seminar, finally I was called by Kapolsek at his room. Kapolsek was same like panwaslu they want me to cancel that seminar or delay it untill after Election day, even Kapolsek at that time pounded on the table, may be, to intimidate me. But after two hours I negotiate with kapolsek and panwaslu, we have an agreement at that time the seminar could be going on but the place must be moved into the campus area, Specifically it has to be at Unpad. And I have to keep going in touch with the policeman untill that seminar ended.
At that time my friends was afraid especially the leader of the seminar, but we continue to work and look for new place even we are not sure about our safty and also the safty risk of the seminar. I ensure them ……… The Seminar was successful, the pasrticipants was more than 80 persons, eventhough we got the place 1 half an hour before the seminar.
"Aren't you over qualified for this position?"
This is a leading question.
If you have been called for an interview it is unlikely the employer considers you greatly over qualified. Otherwise they could not justify the time spent interviewing you.
Do not apologise for your degree.
Rather state your willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up, your enthusiasm for the organisation and your desire to develop a broader range of skills.
Emphasise skills such as fact finding, analysis, your capacity to acquire new knowledge quickly, rather than the specific content of your degree.
Some employers are more interested in what you can offer in the 'practical hands-on' sense than in the 'academic' sense!
Point of views
I choose the positions as marketer because I am sure that I have basic skill to be a marketer, such as communication ability
Besides it I have experiences In selling the program or idea. for example, I had ever been a marketer of Unpad Mosque’s marketer in one of their program, at that time I can give surplus about 5 millions; And I also had ever sold the idea in National research competition, at that time I and two of my friends were the runer up in that even.
What are your major strengths and weaknesses?
Once again the employer is seeking to ascertain how mature you are and your awareness of yourself as a person.
If you have a job description, you may find it useful to focus on where you see your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the tasks listed.
Remember weaknesses can be turned into strengths.
Talk about the strategies you use for dealing with that weakness, or its positive side e.g.
Taking time to make decisions may slow you down, but on the other hand you are not impulsive. Listing too many weaknesses will type you as very negative.
You may have to admit that you do not have a particular type of experience called for however you may be able to give evidence of your ability to determine the skills required.
Don't bring up too many weaknesses - one or two will suffice !
Point of views My weakness (1) is hard to make priority in my activities I will relate it into my vision and target of life (2) I still have problem with time manajemen I have the agenda now and try to make target weekly The Strenghts are (1) adaftive person (2) easy and hoby (like) to communicate with other (3) having high learning spirit and high motivation to grow and develop (4) having knowledge and ability as leader and team pleyer.
"How much do you know about our organisation?"
Your answer will reveal the amount of homework you have done before the interview.
For example, if the company has products in the market place look for these at points of sale.
Use your initiative to find out as much as you can about the organisation and during the interview cite ways in which you have gone about finding out this information.
Point of views
Core values P&G
(1) We are all leaders in our area of responsibility, with a deep commitment to deliver leadership results ;
(2) Act like owners ( ownership ) , treating the Company's assets as our own and behaving with the Company's long-term success in mind;
(3) Integrity - We uphold the values and principles of P&G in every action and decision
(4) Passion for winning - We have a compelling desire to improve and to win in the marketplace;
(5) We believe that people work best when there is a foundation of trust .
"How much do you expect to be paid?"
This question is generally more common in the private sector when you have applied for a position with no identified salary scale.
Where the salary range is unknown it is very important to investigate comparable rates elsewhere before you attend the interview.
Never discuss salary until the end of the interviewing procedure, when they have actually offered you the position.
If the question is asked before the offer, reply along the lines that until an offer is made, you feel any discussion of salary is premature.
You might also add that as a reputable organisation, you expect that they will be paying a fair and competitive salary for the position.
When an offer is made talk about a range rather than a fixed figure. Since the employer created the position, they will already have some figure in mind.
Find out what that is, use your salary research, and don't undersell yourself.
Question 17 "Have you any questions for us?"
It is important that you do have questions for the following reasons:
In order to make your own assessment of the job you need to find out as much as possible about what the job is really like, or more information about the organisation;
To show your serious interests in the position and preparation for the interview;
To further outline achievements and skills not covered so far in the interview.
This is a good time to ask the employer what skills they consider to be the most critical for the position, and whether they see a gap in the skills you have to offer.
This will give you an opportunity to identify skills and/or experiences which have not yet come up during the interview.
Question 18 "Why did you choose to major in ...?"
Avoid the impression of aimlessness or uncertainty.
It is fine to major in a subject because of your interests.
However be willing to talk about this interest.
Show evidence of knowledge, positive attitude towards study, and an understanding of skills and knowledge you have gained.
Question 19 "What do you do in your spare time?"
This is generally asked by employers seeking a fuller picture of you or to help you relax during the interview.
Finding out about your other interests and leisure activities gives employers another opportunity to uncover skills and abilities which may not have been discussed.
Other activities also give employers a chance to assess your enthusiasm, curiosity and quality of life.
Question 20 "What are the most important considerations for you in choosing a job?"
Answer in terms of job objectives, training, experience available or future prospects.
Do not answer in terms of pay or overseas travel or other indications of self rather than job interest.
Question 21 "How do you get on with other people?"
This question is asked to find out more about your social and interpersonal skills.
Quote examples of past participation in teams, committees or community organisations.
Avoid discussing reasons why you do not get on with certain people.
This is a good opportunity to give evidence of any situations which you may have had to use skills of negotiation, motivation or conflict resolution
Question 22 "Tell us about a project or piece of research you have worked on while at university".
This is a question commonly asked at graduate recruitment interviews.
The interviewers are not particularly concerned about which research/project you choose to give as an example, but are more interested in finding out the steps you took in completing the project/research. By examining 'why' and 'how' these steps were taken, the interviewers can get an idea of some of the skills you possess, and assess your ability to solve problems.
Skills identified in your answer may include: preparation and planning, team work, time management, organising and researching.
Interviewers may also ask you to elaborate further on this issue by asking questions such as 'what did you learn from this project' and 'why do you consider this project to be an achievement'
Influencing or Persuading Others You may have strong verbal skills but can you influence another person to change their thinking or take some action – perhaps a colleague follows your advice or a client decides to buy a service or product. At management level have you the skills to persuade and involve rather than coerce and punish? Are you ethical in your dealings with people? .
Tell me about a time when you were able to change someone’s viewpoint significantly.
Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something that you disagreed with.
See this pen I’m holding…sell it to me
Tell me about a person or event that has been influential in your personal development
Interpersonal and Team Skills Employers need people who are socially competent. The desire to build and maintain relationships in and beyond the workplace is critical. Many workplaces function on the basis of project teams. These teams are task oriented and short lived. Those who are highly collaborative and co-operative are most likely to thrive in this type of environment.
What experience have you had working on a team?
What skills and personal qualities have you contributed to the teams you have been part of?
Tell me about a time when you used tact and diplomacy.
Tell me about the last time you had a disagreement with someone.
Tell me about the most difficult person you have worked with
What have you disliked in your past jobs?
What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
What kinds of people frustrate you?
What qualities do you admire most in others?
Communication Skills Daniel Goleman writing on Emotional Intelligence suggests that the key to successful communications is being able to listen to all types of communication in an open way. Are you an active listener, do you really listen and do you hear what is actually said. Are you able to read the non-verbal messages that others communicate? Do you communicate in an engaging and convincing way?
Tell me about a time when you were successful in getting crucial information from another person
Tell me about a time when someone misunderstood what you were attempting to communicate to them.
Tell me about a current event you have been following in the press.
What do you think are the three most important things about communication?
Tell me about a time when you worked with people from a culture unlike your own.
What did you do to overcome any perceived barriers to communication?
Personal Adaptability, Energy and Resilience How quickly and how positively will you adapt to changes in work practices, work roles and work environments and the general flux of the modern workplace? How do you manage or avoid stress?
Tell me about a time when your work or an idea was criticised.
Tell me about a time when you felt under pressure.
Tell me about a time when you felt frustrated by your work
How would you respond if a project you had been working on was re-assigned to someone else or shelved?
What do you do for enjoyment in your leisure time?
What makes you laugh?
Describe something creative that you’ve done.
What has been your most satisfying/ disappointing experience?
Self-management, Self-motivation and Self-knowledge Do you always strive to achieve a standard of excellence, use initiative at the appropriate time, and show persistence in pursuing goals? Accurate self-assessment skills will allow you to be objective and critical in evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. How will your personality and temperament effect the existing team or work group?
Tell me about a time when you acted over and above the expectations of your role.
What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
Tell me something about yourself.
How would you describe yourself?
How do you think a close friend who knows you well would describe you?
How do you think an enemy would describe you?
How would you describe your management style?
What are the two most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
What are your three major accomplishments?
What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
What's your greatest weakness?
Why do you want to work for us?
What does "success" mean to you?
What does "failure" mean to you?
In the past year, what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance?
What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
What do you expect to be earning in 5 years?
Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
How has your university experience prepared you for a career in this field?
How do your skills relate to our needs?
What are you passionate about?
What are your interests outside work?
Tell me about a major problem you have encountered and how you dealt with it?
What have you learned from your mistakes?
How do you cope with routine work?
Administrative Skills Generally checking that you have effective work habits, and the knowledge of workplace routines and some experience of common office administration systems.
Tell me how you organise your work and schedule your time.
Tell me about computer software packages you are familiar with and your experience in using them
Tell me about your experience of managing a budget.
Problem Solving and Decision Making What’s your problem-solving style? Do you manage your activities to minimise or avoid them? How do you behave in a crisis?
Tell me about a difficult decision that you have made
Tell me about an unpopular decision you have made.
What significant problems have you faced in the last year?
How do you work under pressure?
Tell me about a time when you had to make a quick decision. What were the circumstances and what did you do?
What impact do you think … will have on our business?
How would you motivate an employee who was performing poorly?
Tell me about a situation where you achieved a satisfactory outcome to a problem that others thought couldn’t be solved. What did you do and what was the outcome?
Tell me about a time when you had conflicting priorities and what you did to resolve them.
What kind of problems do you handle best?
Conflict Management and Ethics How do you behave in a crisis? What does it take to shake your poise or self-confidence? What approach do you take to problem solving?
Tell me about a significant crisis you have faced.
Tell me about a difficult customer or a customer complaint that you have dealt with.
How do you resolve conflict in the groups or teams that you have membership of?
How would you resolve a dispute?
Have you ever anticipated a difficult situation before it arose? Describe the situation, the action you took and the outcome.
What would you do if your colleagues were complaining to you about the organisation?
Tell me about a time when you bent the rules. When is it okay to do so?
Personal and Career Objectives Employers are likely to invest money in your training and development and will want to ensure that your objectives don’t conflict with theirs.
What are your short and long-term goals?
When and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them
What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?
What do you really want to do in life?
What are the most important things you are seeking in a career?
Describe your ideal job.
What salary are you looking for?
What person do you admire most and why?
Why do you want this position?
Knowledge of the Organisation and Role What are your motives in applying to this organisation: Were they well thought out? Do you know enough about this work area and this organisation to be clear about how your skills fit into it?
Why did you apply for this position?
How would you measure your success or failure in this job?
What skills and personal qualities are essential for success in this role?
How do you plan to keep up with developments in your field?
What would you like to know about this organisation?
What do you believe you can contribute to this organisation?
What do you know about our industry?
What do you know about our organisation?
Why are you interested in working for our organisation
Why should I hire you?
In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?
What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
Which three of the competencies required for this position would you prioritise?
Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
Are you willing to travel?
What do you know of the area and community in which our company is located?
Can you work well to deadlines and under pressure?
If you were offered this role, what would you expect to achieve in the first year?
What hours would you like to work?
How do you believe the performance of the NZ dollar impacts on our organisation?
Tell me about a time when you have been managed in a good or bad way
What qualities should a successful manager possess?
Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
What problems do you feel you will have fitting into the job?
Do you know the location of our head office?
What interests you about our product/services? How would you improve them?