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Basic Interview Questions


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Basic Interview Questions

  1. 1. Basic Interview Questions
  2. 2. Describe me about yourself?  The interviewer doesn’t want to know if you’re a cat person. Talk briefly about your achievements to date.  Wrong Response: Never ask “What do you want to know”  Right Response: - Focus on what most interests the interviewer. - Highlight your most important accomplishments.  While describing yourself in an interview, the answer should always be related to the job. Remember, although the employer is asking personal questions, they are still all related to "what can you bring to the company?" So, I usually give adjectives like reliable, loyal, etc., but make sure you back these with supporting examples.
  3. 3. What is your Biggest Weakness?  Most Important: Never say you don’t have any Weakness you Interviewer won’t believe you.  Tell the Interviewer about Training Courses or time spent outside the work- hours you have used to improve your Skills.  Give some recent Example, your initiative could actually be deceived as your Strength.  Talk about your weaknesses, but make sure that they are positive weaknesses. For instance you could say that that you are a person that pays more attention to details than is warranted. You can openly confess a tendency to be impatient with team members who cannot carry their own weight, or who cannot contribute sufficiently.
  4. 4. Why should we Hire you?  Why should we hire you?" is another common interview question that can take you down the wrong road unless you've done some thinking ahead of time.  Wrong Track: - “Because I need a and want a Job” - “I am a handworker and really want to work for this Company”  Right Track: - “Because I’m a good fit for the position” - “I have what it takes to solve the problem and do the job”  Describe the skills and experience you’ve gained that qualify you to fulfill the duties listed on the job description.
  5. 5. What is your greatest achievement?  Use the selection criteria to identify which of your achievements called for skills the interviewer is interested in  Describe clearly to the Interviewer: - What it is that you achieved - What the background and circumstances were - What impact it had on your career/life  Example: My greatest achievement so far in my career would probably be winning the Manager of the Year award last year. I made numerous operational changes at my branch, including a massive reduction in stock levels - which significantly boosted our working capital. I also drove up sales levels, especially by increasing the uptake of after-sales insurance packages. The net effect was that we smashed the previous branch sales record by an impressive 37% - and profits rose in line with this. This directly resulted in my promotion to the management of the flagship Edinburgh branch.
  6. 6. Where do you see yourself in five years? /  This is one of the most frequently asked questions. Be sure to relate your answer to the company interviewing you rather than giving a very broad, general answer. Keep your ambitions realistic.  Research the company structure to pitch your aspirations more realistically than ‘I want to be on the board by then.’  Example: “I am definitely interested in making a long-term commitment to my next position. Judging by what you’ve told me about this position, it’s exactly what I’m looking for and what I am very well qualified to do. In terms of my future career path, I’m confident that if I do my work with excellence, opportunities will inevitable open up for me. It’s always been that way in my career, and I’m confident I’ll have similar opportunities here.”
  7. 7. Are you a Team player?  Describe the skills and experience you’ve gained that qualify you to fulfill the duties listed on the job description.  You need to provide examples to back up your emphatic ‘yes’.  Example: “I have worked with others, as well as independently, and have been successful in both positions. Some jobs require teamwork to get things done more efficiently while other tasks are individual and can be completed by one person.” “A team environment is efficient and productive, which I understand and appreciate. I have the ability to compromise, be respectful of others, and be a good listener as a team member. I can be a leader, when necessary, but can also be an equal player on the team if the job calls for it.”
  8. 8. What are your Salary Expectation?  Once you have gathered your information and you feel confident with the figure you have in mind, you can phrase your answer like so:  Other points you may want to include could be to your number of years experience, your qualifications or any qualities you have that gives you an edge over your competitors.  Example: "I understand that positions similar to this one pay in the range of £X to £Z in our area. With my experience, I would like to receive something in the range of £Y to £Z as a starting salary"
  9. 9. What do you know about our Organization?  If you have done your research thoroughly, using both networking and published sources, you should be able to discuss the company's products, services, reputation, culture, mission and goals, history, etc  you shouldn't act as if you know everything about the organization: you can't and don't. While your answer should show that you have taken the time to do some research, you don't want to overwhelm the interviewer with your encyclopedic knowledge of the organization.  Make it clear that while you have done your homework on the organization, you want to learn more from those who know the most about it – particularly the person across the desk from you. Then be prepared to ask questions.
  10. 10. Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision?  To answer this question, choose a decision that was indeed difficult and challenging; also, be sure it is one that turned out reasonably well.  Describe your thought processes, the people you consulted, and how you integrated their advice.  Explain how you thought through the impact on particular individuals, as well as on the company as a whole. Stress how you worked to magnify the positive results of the decision and reduce any negative consequences or reactions.
  11. 11. Do you have any questions for us?  Prospective employers almost always ask this one – especially at the end of the interview.  Use this opportunity to build rapport, referring back to a key point in the interview and developing it.  Some Questions as Example: • Would like to know more about the Company's Culture? • Do you promote from within? • Do you have a formal training program? • What are the future goals of the company? • How will I know that I have met your goals? • How will my performance be evaluated, and how often? • What is the average work week of the person who will fill this job? • Will I be hearing from you or should I contact you?
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