Job Interview Questions - Part 1

The job interview, in essence, consists of a conversation, allowing the employer to get to know you and for you to see what they are like. Whilst interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences, it should be remembered that the interviewer is only human and it is possible that they are nervous also.

The job interviews are your chance to back up in person everything that the employer has read about you in your CV, Curriculum Vitae, resume, cover letter or job application.

These same keywords you used in your resume, CV or cover letter will be the foundation for your job interview. You must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

The primary part of the job interview is interviewer questions.

In advance of the interview prepare yourself by checking job interview tips, carrying out research into what the company do and thinking of some questions you want to ask.

Do not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for

Worming up questions

1. Tell me about yourself

Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble.
Do not go back to childhood experiences, just give a brief outline of where you are from and where you want to be going.
Use your job resume or CV introduction as a base to start.
Respond in a way that leaves no doubt that you are well adjusted, stable and positive.
Say only positive statements.

2. What do you know about our company?

Show that you have done your research, know what their products are, how big the company is, roughly what their annual revenue is, what reputation it has within the industry and on the street. Know the company's history, image, goal, and philosophy.
Project an informed interest and let the interviewer tell you some more detailed aspects of the company.

3. Why do you want to work for us?

Don't talk about what you want; first talk about their needs, what you can do for them.
You wish to be part of their company project.
You would like to solve their company problem and relish the challenge.
You can make a definite contribution to specific company goals: identify its management talent, etc.

4. What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't?

Relate past experiences that represent success in solving previous employer problems that may be similar to those of the prospective employer. Stay positive.

5. What about our position do you find the most and least attractive?

List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor. Aspects to pick up on could include office location, company reputation, the chance to work with esteemed colleagues.

6. Why should we hire you?

Because of the knowledge, experience, abilities and skills you possess. Be very positive and confident in your reply, not vague.

7. What do you look for in a job?

An opportunity to use my skills, to perform and be recognized.
The opportunity to develop further skills, throughout life we should be constantly learning.
Vague answers such as, 'I enjoy working with people, I relish challenges in my work'
Relate it to the job to which you are applying 'I am especially interested in producing a software solution to your problem'.

8. Please give me your definition of a ... (the position for which you are being interviewed).

Keep it brief, actions and results-oriented.

9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Very quickly after a little orientation and a brief period of adjustment on the learning curve.

10. How long would you stay with us?

As long as we both feel I'm contributing or achieving or growing etc.

Continue to Job Interview Questions Part 2

Other Job Interview Questions Info

Hopefully, you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:

Follow up your job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position

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Good luck with your job interview questions!