Nearly everyone has had to go on a job interview at least once in their lives. However, one must keep in mind that there are no miracle recipes, but only some tips that one could use for passing a job interview. Some of the best things that one should do are:
- Know your capabilities and your qualities.
- Be aware of your weaknesses.
- Anticipate the questions that will make the interviewers.
- Be better prepared for the job interview, you can do it reading some guides or books.
It is also important to remember that most of the interviewers often ask the same questions to all candidates and tend to repeat some questions of other selection processes. Generally, the most common questions are focused on personal, professional training and experience. The following is a list with some leading questions that you must take into account.
Why do you want to work here?
This is an important question because, the interviewer want to know if you are sincerely interested in working for the company. So, if you want to impress the interviewer, your answer should include information related to the company, for example: achievements, the quality of management and the quality of people working there.
An answer might include:
- I have heard some excellent things about this company and the people who work here. So, I think that I would be an excellent fit.
What are your wage requirements?
This question is very important, because interviewers cannot waste time on people who are seeking unrealistic salaries. People who are wise and realistic are also conservative in their ambitions and know that if they are hired, will help the company according to a real value.
People who are not prepared for this question usually say: "Whatever you think, I am worth", take into account that this is a very poor answer. An example of good answer might be:
- I am currently earning $20.000, but you will see that I am undervalued.
Why do you want to leave your present job?
This is a question that could define your future in the new company. If you are well prepared for the interview, you can get the most advantage of this question. Here, the interviewer wants to analyze the real intentions of why you want to work for the company. An example of good answer might be:
- "I want to work here, because I noted that the company offers good opportunities for advancement"
What is your greater shortcoming?
It is one of the most common job questions and one, that interviewers pay special attention. With this question, interviewers pretend to know if your shortcomings could bring problems in the workplace. An example of good answer might be:
- I get impatient when a co-worker impedes my progress on any project.
Are you willing to work evenings and weekends?
This is another important question which seeks to know if you are willing to make some sacrifices for the job. The main feature of this question is that works as a filter because, not all candidates are willing to sacrifice their schedules. For example, candidates with religious or family obligations might not be appropriate for the job. An example of good answer might be:
If you have obligations:
- I have different obligations on my free time but, if the company needs my help, I can re-schedule my time.
If you do not have obligations:
- I have no life outside my job neither family that is why, I am completely willing to work when needed. I remember that in my last job, when the things got crazy, I often slept in my job.
What do you think is your best quality?
With this question, the interviewer wants to know if you have some skill that may be useful in the job. It is advisable to mention a quality related to the job that shows you as a trustworthy and honest person. Remember also to explain, how this skill would be a great value and contribute to the company. An example of good answer might be:
- I love meeting new people and organized them for some productive activities.
Some other leading questions are:
- Why should we hire you?
- What can you do for us that someone else can't?
- What will the main tasks and responsibilities be in this job?
- What are your goals?
- Tell me about a typical day in your current/previous job
- What motivates you?
- What do you know about our products/services?
- What makes a good team leader?
- How would your friends describe you?