One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ash
Only few jobs are won without going through hectic interviews.Apart from that, every job you seek, you must go through either mild or rigorous interviews.Which is why you should do any thing within your powers to learn the rudiments of the game of interviews.The main purpose of an interview, is for the employer to know whether you can do the job when its offered to you.You must know the techniques involved, and what questions can be asked of you, and the reasons of that particular questions by the interviewer.Let us examine but few of these questions you are likely to be asked and answers you should give ,and the reasons behind the questions asked by the interviewer.
1) TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF?
Perhaps this question is one of the most frequently asked.With this question the interviewer expects you to describe yourself only in terms of your experience, education and how it can be brought to bare to the position you are applying.For example,if you’re asked of this question,you start by your educational background; mentioning your first degree or diploma, upwards to let say, up to your current Educational status.You then continue with your professional experiences starting from when you started the job and your current job.And last of all, some important qualities about yourself such as hardworking,honesty etc.The interviewer asked you this question mainly because he will like to know whether you have self awareness-a critical skill that not everyone possesses.It also shows your confidence,security levels,and maturity.
2)WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR LAST BOSS/EMPLOYER?
The interviewer is asking you this question to expose you of bitterness,grudges,difficult relationship that has characterized your professional journey.Don’t fall for this. Don’t be critical of your former boss even if your exit was acrimonious.Try and describe fairly and objectively without pointing blame.
3)WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR US THAT OTHER PEOPLE CANNOT?
This is a pressure question,and one that separate mature and good professionals from amateurs. Since you don’t know other applicants professional statuses.Introduce some behavioral and style strengths as skills.e.g. you should: “say you’re honest,responsible,intelligent ,good work ethics etc”This question is asked to find out whether the job seeker knows their relevant,special strength that can be linked to the job he seeks.
4)WHY SHOULD WE APPOINT YOU?
This question is meant to pressurize you.This is an opportunity for you to clearly and confidently stake your claim.Here,state your relevant strengths-behavior,experience and skills or you can confidently suggest:”I don’t know the other applicants, so it will be wrong for me to dismiss their claims.However,I am sure that I have all the main attribute the role requires,which when combined with determination and positive approach,should ensure that I’d be a very good choice”look also for goof eye contact when pledging hard work,loyalty,determination.
4)HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR OWN EFFECTIVENESS?
This question exposes people who are not result oriented.You should say this:”I measure my own effectiveness by the results that I achieve, in a more positive and ethical manner.If there isn’t an existing measure of this, I will create one.
5)HOW MUCH ARE YOU EARNING/DO YOU WANT EARN?
This question is asked whether you indeed know your worth.Be honest about what you’ve been earning.Say how much you are worth ,and when you’re asked how much do you want earn ,try and mention it in net.Also your price should be in ranges,eg. $2500-$3000.
6)CAN WE CHECK YOUR REFERENCES?
You should say “YES.”It exposes people who are not comfortable having their references checked.It also shows how organized you’re.Also you should make sure you contact your references to remind them of such activity.If you don’t, and the interviewer contacts them, and some of your references insist they don’t know you,may put your credibility on the line.
7)WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOUR JOB?
Very simple but trickish question.This question is asked by the interviewer to know whether you are driven by money or passion.No employer will employ some one who is money conscious.It clearly shows that you can ditch them anytime when a better offer comes along.If you go for an interview and the interviewer asked you this question, tell him You have worked in various places and you have acquired enormous skills and experiences that you will like to bring to bare those experiences to the new job you are seeking.Please don’t tell the interviewer you want to leave because of low pay or that you are being harassed.It doesn’t show maturity.
8)TELL ME ABOUT A BIG CHALLENGE OR DIFFICULTY YOU’VE FACED;HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH IT?
Here,don’t engage in anything personal or seriously emotional, unless you are in complete control of it.Try to prepare an example that’s work related and relevant to the role.With this question,if you’re not careful can expose your emotional raw nerves or sensitivities.This is an opportunity to show proof of being able to achieve results in the face of difficulty.
9)WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
If you must state a weakness, these are the clever ones that are actually strengths: Not suffering fools gladly; sometimes being impatient with other people’s sloppy work; being too demanding; refusing to give in when you believe strongly about something;trying too do to much.
10)WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?
Reflect back the qualities and job priorities required, and job priorities as being the things you do best and enjoy.Say why you think the company is good,and that you want to work for an organization like it.This an opportunity to sell yourself and show that you understand what they’re looking for in the role.
11)WHAT DID YOU ACHIEVE IN YOUR LAST JOB?
Try to prepare a number of relevant examples and explain one or two.Examples must lead to significant organizational benefits; making money, saving money/time,improving quality,anticipating or creatively solving problems,winning/keeping.Another tough question which will expose a lack of preparation or relevant experience.
12) WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 2/5/10 YEARS TIME?
This question is a powerful one because it prompt the interviewee to think and visualize about themselves and how they expect and want to.Let see some examples you will have to say when asked this question:
a.”I’d like more responsibility,because that’s a result of personal growth and progression,and it’s important for my personal satisfaction
b.”I have no such aspirations about money and reward-if I contribute and add value to the organization then generally increased reward follow-you get out what you put in.”
Employers will respond well if they see that you are mature,independent,self motivated etc.
13)WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE JOB/COMPANY IF WE EMPLOY YOU
This question invites good specific solutions and suggestions in response to stated organizational requirements.Try mention some attributes that fit the preferences of the interviewer,since most interviewers prefer people like themselves.Some examples you can say of this question:”I can see clearly that quick result are your priority,and that’s something I’m good at generating,because I have good abilities and experience to interpret situations,then focus on activities which will achieve change and results in the necessary areas.”
I had gone through a lot of interviews of this nature.I have learned through the hard way, and I wouldn’t want you go through the same thing.Adhere to these instructions, and you will be the winner, and the Infinity Thinker you’ve always wanted.