Interview Questions And Answers

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.

It’s a way to break the ice and make you feel more comfortable during the interview process. It’s also a way for the hiring manager to get insight into your personality to help determine if you’re a good fit for the job.

Sharing too much or too little information isn’t a good idea. The interviewer doesn’t want to know everything about you, but disclosing too little can make him or her wonder why you aren’t more open

WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB

Below are some of the best job interview answers to the question, “Why do you want this job?” Customize these answers to fit your particular circumstances and the job you are applying for.

  • I want this job because it emphasizes sales and marketing, two of my greatest skill sets. In my previous job, I increased sales by 15% in what was at the time considered a flat industry. I know I could bring my ten years of sales and marketing experience to this company, and help you continue your years of growth.
  • I understand that this is a company on the rise. As I’ve read on your website and in various press releases, you are planning to launch several new products in the coming months. I want be a part of this business as it grows, and I know my experience in product development would help your company as you roll out these products.
  • I have worked as a dental hygienist in a children’s dental office for the past six years. Not only am I experienced working with this population, but also I greatly enjoy it. Being able to work for your office, which caters to children and young adults, would allow me to continue to put my skills to use in a population I love. This is the kind of work environment I would look forward to coming to every day.
  • This job is a good fit for what I’ve been doing and enjoying throughout my career. It offers a mix of short-term projects and long-term goals. My organizational skills allow me to successfully multitask and complete both kinds of projects.
  • I want this retail job at your store because I know I would be terrific at it. I love engaging with people and providing them with assistance. I also have two years of experience working cash registers at other stores. I am a regular customer of this store, so I would love to apply my skills to a store I believe in and support.
  • I have admired this company’s successful strategies and mission for years. Your emphasis on creating a relationship between your company and the surrounding community have brought you success everywhere you have opened an office. There are values I greatly admire.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS AND PRESSURE?

  • Pressure is very important to me. Good pressure, such as having a lot of assignments to work on, or an upcoming deadline, helps me to stay motivated and productive. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am very skilled at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time and avoided unnecessary stress.
  • I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn’t become stressful. For example, when I deal with an unsatisfied customer, rather than feeling stressed, I focus on the task at hand. I believe my ability to communicate effectively with customers during these moments helps reduce my own stress in these situations and also reduces any stress the customer may feel.
  • I actually work better under pressure and I’ve found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment. As a writer and editor, I thrive under quick deadlines and multiple projects. I find that when I’m under the pressure of a deadline, I can do some of my most creative work.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH?

When you are asked about your greatest strengths, it’s important to discuss the attributes that will qualify you for the specific job and set you apart from the other candidates.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?

Another typical question interviewers will ask is about your weaknesses. Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

This question is designed to find out if you’re going to stick around or move on as soon as you find a better opportunity. Keep your answer focused on the job and the company you’re interviewing with.

WHY ARE YOU LEAVING OR HAVE LEFT YOUR JOB?

When asked about why you are moving on, stick with the facts, be direct and focus your interview answer on the future, especially if your leaving wasn’t under the best of circumstances.

ARE YOU WILLING TO RELOCATE OR TRAVEL?

Well, I love traveling and exploring new places and also relocation plays a major role in developing our career through facing the new people, new place, and new environment. So I’ve no problem with it.

Or

No, I really do not want to relocate my self because I m married I like to work at the same area where my whole family live as I believe every one of us doing job is for our family too. So I want to be with them.

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR `{`INSERT COMPANY NAME HERE`}`?

You could answer, “I have wanted to work in this organization for a long time now, so when I heard about a vacancy in your company that fit my profile, I immediately applied for it. I admire the way you successfully combine commerce with socially responsible business and would love to be a part of an organization that looks at business in a holistic manner.”

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?

I see myself having grown both with regard to expertise in my field as well as within the company set-up. I picture myself in a leadership role contributing more to the growth of the organization. At the same time, I also see a tremendous growth in my own skills and capabilities,” is a good way to go.

WHY WAS THERE A GAP IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN `{`INSERT DATE`}` AND `{`INSERT DATE`}`?

In case you left because of a conflict with your boss, say differences did not allow you to work well together. Don’t forget to add what you realized in hindsight to show how the incident has helped you grow. Never badmouth your boss; act mature and accept the fact that both of you were responsible for the situation spinning out of control.

WHAT CAN YOU OFFER US THAT SOMEONE ELSE CANNOT?

You could say, “I have already mentioned my strengths, but if you were to ask me about something unique which I bring, I would say it’s my attention to detail. Though it can be annoying for others, this trait of mine has saved several situations from turning into disasters in the past.”

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOUR FORMER MANAGER WOULD LIKE YOU TO IMPROVE ON?

“Amongst the feedback I received, I was told that I wasn’t assertive enough. Though I was performing well at my job and meeting targets, my boss once told me that I would do even better if I was more assertive at the workplace,” is a good way to position a weakness in a constructive manner.

TELL US ABOUT A TIME YOU MADE A MISTAKE.

“While working for one of my previous employers, there was something I required from another department. Instead of speaking to the department head, I told a member of the team who was my friend. I expected him to go and tell his boss about it, but he didn’t. As a result, the goods weren’t delivered and we missed our target date. There was a great deal of confusion over the episode but thankfully it was all sorted out. From that day on, in all professional matters, I make it a point to communicate directly with the department head,” is a good response.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME?

You can ask:

  • Questions about the role
  • Questions about the company or the interviewer
  • Questions about you
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