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Questions you might get asked at Interview

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Added: 15 October 2014

We all get that dreaded feeling when we are about to walk into an interview. Guess what? At some point and time, the individual who is conducting your interview was just like you and was interviewed by someone. Try to remember that. Maybe it might make you less nervous if you keep that in mind.

The questions they will ask you are usually the same ones they ask you in every interview.  They are just a different variation of the question.  You know they have to break the ice after they introduce themselves to you.  You have given them a copy of your resume and references - so now the fun begins.

Here is some of the most common interview questions people ask and some suggested responses.

I would like to know a little bit about you, so can you please tell me about yourself.

Remember, employers are not allowed to ask you your age, if you have children and any other things that can be perceived as discriminatory.  Tell them what you like to do, what your hobbies and interests are.  Do you do any volunteer work?  You want to learn another language, you like to play golf, or you want to take cooking classes. 

Can you tell me what attracted you to this position?

Answer the question honestly.  Let the interviewer know what attracted you?  Was it the organization and what they stand for or the position was geared toward your professional goals and was a good match for your skill level.  You get the idea.

Do you have any knowledge of what our organization is about?

Do your homework and find out about the organization, research what the mission and vision are of the company.  What do they make or sell, who is the target market?  Being knowledgeable and knowing details can only be a plus for you.

Can you tell me why you are interested in making a career change from your current employer or what caused you to depart from your last employer?

Honesty is always best.  Remember you never burn bridges with current or past employers.  Do not speak negatively about your current or past employer either.  Even if you think poorly of them, I wouldn’t say my boss was an idiot.  If you want to say anything, you might say that you have outgrown the job and there is no growth potential from within.

Can you share with me your qualifications and expertise?

Share your experience and tailor your response to the position for which you are applying.  If you are applying for a Human Resources position but also have Payroll experience too, mention it.

Tell me what you think your strongest qualities are?

Be honest; excellent communication skills, problem solving, conflict resolution, analytical and able to analyze data, able to multi-task and manage several tasks/projects at once, and strong organizational and time management skills.

What do you feel your weaknesses are?

I need to learn to delegate more

What professional accomplishments are you the most proud of?

Give examples of things you’ve done.  Streamlined processes, developed new policies and procedures to cut production time down by ten minutes. Give measurable results.

If you were to get this position, what would be the first three things you would do?

First, observe the current practices before trying to make change.  Ask the employer and/or others what the issues are.  Review and assess the issues, come up with a plan to correct the issues, implement the plan.

What type of salary are you seeking?

Know what type of salary you need; are you able to negotiate if necessary?  Remember salary includes benefits too.  Look at the benefit package (insurance, medical, dental, life, paid vacation).  You need to incorporate that into the overall salary package not just £50,000.00 annually.

Whenever you answer questions, it is important to be clear and concise in your response.  Just answer the question that is being asked, don’t elaborate or go into long drawn out details.  This is when people start to get nervous and get tongue tied or they get that “deer in the headlights” expression on their face.  You want to be in control of your responses.  If you didn’t understand the question ask the interviewer to repeat it.

I hope this information is beneficial to you.  Wishing you the best of success on your interview!


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