It might have already happened, that you felt prepared for the job interview. You printed your CV, took your nicest clothes and listened to the interviewer carefully as he/she was talking about the position.
You had thought everything goes all right and then you got an unexpected question.
In this blog, we discuss 10+1 frequently asked questions at an interview therefore to help you in the future.
1. Tell a few things about you
Most interviews are started with this question, therefore it is essential to give the proper answer to this easy looking question. First impression is crucial.
If you hesitate too much you look like someone who has no confidence. On the other hand if you talk too much, list all your achievements you might be considered haughty, therefore you must strive to find the balance in between. The best way to answer this question is to talk about your career, duties, your previous works briefly.
2. Tell me more about something from your CV
Everyone has something in his/her CV he/she is proud of. It can be a skill, an achievement or an exclusive workplace. It’s not necessary to talk about the tasks at your previous workplace. Try to recall an even earlier position you had, a situation in which you had the chance to gain more knowledge, or a situation which helped you to be the person who you are now.
3. Why would you like to change the workpace? What are your motivations?
This question looks simple although the interviewers filter applicants - who are „looking for just a job” (so called jobhoppers) with this question. Job hoppers probably will not be loyal to the company. Keep in mind your motivations. Are you a freshly graduated and you are looking for your first serious workplace, or you would like to change your career path? If you have a current job be prepared for the question: “Why you would like to leave your current workplace and what is so attractive concerning this position?” (what is so attractive in this position)
4. Why would you like to work at the given company?
When you are asked, bear in mind that the interviewer also would like to know, how much information do you have about the company.
Good to be prepared, therefore you will be creditable when the interview comes to this question.
5. What are your future goals, plans?
You have to give a short, real and precise answer to this question, focusing your carrer goals.
If you think you would like to work for this comapny in the next few years make sure you have promotional opportunities ahead of you.
HR managers use this question to check how ambitious, goal-oriented you are and also whether the position you apply for can fulfill your requirements.
Altough if you know, the given position does not have any further promotional opportunities just give the casual: “I do not know what is going to happen in the future but I am sure this position will help me to find my way”.
6. Tell me a difficuly situation at your workplace and how did you handle it?
It is an important question since the interviewer test how you handle uplcoming issues. Explain what has happened, how you solved the problem in a professional way + try to make it up with a happy end. (Example: How you made compromises with your collegaues)
7. What is your dream job?
It is kinda sounds like as the “What are your future goals, plans” guestion, but in this case they test how “real”is your mindset when it comes to setting up a goal or how passionate you are and last but not least: Is this position fits with your expectations? Do not mention any personal but career goals. Tell them, how this position can make you ready for the future.
8. What do you expect from your managers?
It is crucial to be honest at this point, and try to mention a few good things about your current boss. The interviewer’s aim is to check your cooperation skills.
9. What do you expect from your team/colleagues?
Your answer will give a highlight about your attitude towards the team, and also how much would you meet the expectations of the corporate culture.
In order to give the right answer you have to be aware of the culture of the company. It can be essential to have a look at
the social websites of the company (e.g. Facebook, Instagram).
10. What is your salary expectation?
Once in a blue moon this topic is not arised during the interview. It’s important to make sure your and the company’s expectations are in sync. Neither ask too much nor under the average. It makes them think you are not clear how much your work’s worth.
Check how much is the salary concerning the given position, what bonuse can you get and also the best way to express your flexibility if you give them a range. For example: “from 850€ to 950€”.
+1: Do you have any question?
In most cases this is the last question. It is always a good idea to ask 2-3 questions therefore you can make the impression of an interested candidate. At the end of the interview probably you will know everything about the position and the tasks. It is worth
asking the interviewer about his/her own experiences within the company, or how you can be successfull and what challenges you have to face in this position if
they would choose you.