Questions and Answers in the Job Interview
The purpose of the interviews is that after them, the company can know who and how you are. So be honest in your answers or they can turn against you. They can always check what you have told them or rephrase questions during the interview to corroborate the data, and in some of them you can contradict yourself. Do not memorize the most common answers, take it as a guide with which you can get an idea of what is dynamic of job interviews.
What I recommend is that you analyze yourself to really know how you are, what preparation you have for the position you are applying for and what job goals you pursue. When you are clear about this information, try to have someone ask you the questions and write down your answers, listen to yourself and assess whether the answers you have given are reasonable and sincere, that is what they will ask you for the day of the interview.
Tips about your questions and your answers
I am sure that you have seen many times how they ask a politician about the mistakes he has made in his management, or about what his party has committed. But you have never heard them answer, listing those mistakes. Well that's the idea, you can recognize that if you have made mistakes, since that makes you human and is more realistic, but don't mention anything concrete or serious, focus on how you solved them, and how they have served you to learn and reach many More successes.
Ice breaker questions in Job Interview
How is your heart doing at this point? you should relax. You are in front of the interviewer, but you have already prepared the interview and after some first questions or comments to break the ice, they will ask you about your work and student life, maybe about your private life and little else. So you are prepared for anything.
Although from the first moment they will be valuing you, in this first contact with the person who is going to interview you, it is about breaking the ice with trivial questions and comments, which we all usually do in your daily life, so do not worry about excess.
So in this case it is not about giving the best answers, but the advice of letting go, being natural and just chatting normally to get to know each other a little more.
1. What a day !? How hot / cold / rainy?
Typical elevator conversation. Just give your opinion of how you see the day, you do not need to prove anything, so do not complicate yourself doing weather parts.
2. Did you find it hard to find the building / company? How was the trip?
If they have paid you for travel and accommodation, do not criticize the first change, say that everything went well and without incident. You are also not interested in discussing this topic, so do not spend more minutes than necessary. If they ask you the question because you are late, apologize and do not mention the reasons if they are not important. No coach likes to hear excuses since the first question.
3. How do you prefer to be called?
My name is Javier, and that name appears on my curriculum. But I prefer to be called Javi, so I would mention that option. In any case, it is preferable that you do not say that you do not care, since the name is one of the most important things you have and deserve to be called as you like it more.
Knowledge about the company and the position you are applying for
Anyone from Human Resources likes to see concern and interest in the candidate. And these questions will help you assess your interest in the company and the job you are presenting to. It is a way to see if you are really going to do everything in that position and you have invested time in investigating, or for you it is simply a way of obtaining income and you have chopped at this door, just as you could have done it in a different one.
These types of questions facilitate the process of selection and management of candidates, since the answers obtained are usually decisive, and in all recruitment and personnel selection processes they ensure that they are included:
4. What do you know about our company?
This is undoubtedly one of the first questions they can ask you. It is quite logical that if the candidate has invested time in finding out what the company is doing and knows it thoroughly, his interest in the position is real, and therefore from the beginning he shows interest and commitment. Needless to say, today with media such as the Internet, it is very simple to inform and interact with the company through social networks, before the interview.
5. What will your work consist of?
Another way to find out if you have bothered to know the characteristics of the job you are applying to. You must respond according to what was described in the job offer, your own experience, or the inquiries you have made, but always with rigor and without presupposing anything.
6. Why do you think you are the right person for this job?
It is directly related to the previous question, and it is about answering, emphasizing your strengths regarding work experience and knowledge. It is also important to summarize what is important, such as your enthusiasm, desire to work, interest in that work or the knowledge you have of the company. You should always keep in mind, stand out against other candidates. Be clear about the characteristics of the ideal candidate for that position, and value your professional profile in that regard. Don't try to belittle other candidates.
7. Do you know someone who works in the company?
It is a very repeated question in which you should be honest and mention someone, only if you really know him. Since it is very likely that they end up asking about you, and it is also very possible that they ask you more specific questions about the company and the position you choose, since it is expected that you have asked your acquaintance in those terms.
Questions about training and professional experience
Questions about professional experience.
What we put in the curriculum is not always accurate, or perhaps incomplete. So thanks to these types of questions, they will get the information they need.
They are also the type of questions that you should impress, mentioning your greatest successes and showing what you have learned, both in the student stage, and in the practical experience in similar jobs. When it comes to the professional stage, the interviewer wants to know in which position and company you have stood out, so try to make a good script and take it mentally prepared.
8. What languages do you speak?
One of the indispensable questions in a selection process refers to the languages you speak and what is your degree of language proficiency. If in your curriculum you put that you master some language and for that job it is necessary that you speak it, do not doubt that you can drop one or several questions to which you will have to answer, in English, German, French ...
9. What experience do you have in this sector?
As when talking about your general work experience, you should adjust to those jobs that most closely resemble the one you are now opting for, and highlight those that have provided you with skills for this new job. If on the contrary, you have not worked before in the sector, you can respond by mentioning those practices, volunteers or courses, which are directly related to the sector, and the position you choose.
10. How did you get your last job?
At this point, you must show that you have initiative and that you are an active worker. So if you got the job by your own means, it's good to explain how you did it and value your proactivity.
11. Have you been kicked out of any work?
In a selection process it is important not to lie, you must answer affirmatively if this has happened and not hide anything, since it is something very easy to find out. If you delve into the question, avoid criticizing your previous company or bosses, it is about taking it to your field and not blaming yourself for it.
You can expose what you have learned from that situation, how that has made you change, and tell what happened without going into details that harm you.
12. Who can give me references?
If you have not added the references to your resume, you should be prepared and keep a list of the people who know you best and who can give you the best opinion, talk to them first so they know they could call you. Sometimes they will not call anyone, and they will simply do it to see how you react, so taking it ready you will sign up somewhat.
13. What job successes would you highlight?
Try to explain those successes that in addition to benefiting you personally, have been a benefit for the company. Make him see that the skills you demonstrated in those cases, you could also apply to the job you are applying for.
14. Have you made any professional mistakes?
When you recognize a mistake, you have the opportunity to do better next time, so don't be afraid to recognize it. We all make mistakes. So you can talk about having made a mistake by joining a company in which you did not advance what you wanted, or how, you did not reach the desired objective in any project. But always explain what you learned, and how you would have done it now that you have more experience.
15. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
If you have several, quote only one. Explain that it was, try to tell something that you could not control directly, but do not talk about not raising your salary, that they ascended to another in your place, etc. That could harm you. Focus on the argument of how you accepted and overcame that situation. Don't try to blame others, so don't talk about feelings towards the people involved.
16. Have you ever had to fire someone?
If you did, do not explain it as if it had been easy. He argues that it was a difficult and very thoughtful decision, and that after assessing what was best for the company, you had to do it.
The job search and your expectations
It is about asking you questions that will help you to know if you have actively sought employment, if you have invested your time as unemployed in continuing to train and ultimately if you are an orderly person who follows a plan, to reach certain goals in life .
17 Why did you spend so much time in the same job and the same company?
It is increasingly rare, but if you have spent many years in the same position, you will respond by saying that the company has changed a lot since its inception and that you have been changing with it. You should not leave the image of being stuck. Unlike. You must show that you were evolving and adapting to the changes.
If, on the contrary, there were no major changes in your company, you will emphasize positive things, such as loyalty to the company, believing in a project and that the advantage of maintaining a stable job is highly valued by you.
18 Do you think your last job was the best?
It's about making the interviewer see that you were successful in your previous job, because you gave it your all. And thanks to the knowledge acquired, now is when you are better prepared for this new job.
Do not think about answering what the interviewer wants to hear, but do not go to create doubts by saying, if it was the best, or that it is coming, since it might seem that you have already given everything and you have no new goals, or that you never you got to try hard enough.
19 Why did he not work for so long?
The answer is not easy and will depend on several factors, but you can answer that it is not something that you have very clear. And then put yourself in value, commenting that your training and experience are correct for the job and that you have also taken certain courses, got certain clients, participated in projects, or have characteristics that differentiate you from the rest.
20 Why did you leave or want to quit your job?
You must be honest and explain, for example, if the company is going through bad times, if you were fired, or that you are looking for better conditions. But as in the previous question, you should not criticize your previous company.
It is best to convey that you are looking for new experiences and challenges, that you want to have greater responsibilities or simply that you want to grow as a professional, in your sector.
21 Why has he changed his job so much?
He is interested in knowing if there is any kind of problem, or if you are a faithful person to the company and you are going to reward them for the resources they dedicate to you, so you can tell them that before, what you valued most were the new experiences. But you have been acquiring greater responsibilities, and that at this time you also value stability.
On the other hand, you can indicate that company changes were always due to major improvements, but without talking too much about purely salary issues.
22 What did you do while you were unemployed?
Explain how you have been actively seeking employment, show that you are a person with concerns and that you are interested in continuing to train. To do this, nothing better than cite the courses, practices, doctorates or masters that you have done during your stage as unemployed.
23 Are you in other selection processes?
Don't give more information than necessary, but don't hide it either. The best thing is that you mention that the work you are interested in is for the one you are now presenting, either because your characteristics fit what they ask for or because what they offer is exactly what you are looking for.
24 If I could choose. What company would you work for?
Do not tell. This is the company I would like to work in. And if you do, reason it enough that it doesn't look like rally.
Actually it is better that you do not say company names, the ideal is to mention characteristics that you like about the company in which you are interviewing.
You can talk about the work environment, their business culture, the clients they have, the incentives, opportunities to face new challenges, move forward ...
25 What would be your ideal job position?
More than the ideal job, talk about the features you would like it to have. You can mention that you would like a job with options to continue learning, where to be surrounded by enthusiastic people, in which your effort is valued, where to have responsibilities, etc. Adjust your response to the characteristics of the position you demand.
26 Are you willing to work overtime?
It is something that in principle should be answered in the affirmative, you must show availability and commitment, so there is no other. But if it's going to be impossible, answer honestly, because among other things, they can ask you questions about where, when and why you did your last extra hours.