Read The First 10 Questions
This is the part where you encounter questions which require your honesty; the interviewer may ask you questions concerning your past, in order to establish what regard your previous employers held you in. These questions include:
Questions 11 – 20
11. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM JOB?
The interviewer wants to know about your goals and ambitions, in order to establish whether the job will be a right fit for you.
Pro tip: Stating childhood ambitions such as wanting to be a footballer may work to break the ice a little bit; but don’t dwell so much on it. Stick to your goals and ambitions.
12. WHAT OTHER COMPANIES ARE YOU INTERVIEWING WITH?
It’s good for companies to be aware of their competitors in the industry, in order to assess your value. Additionally, knowing that you have interviewed with other companies shows that you are serious about your position and with the industry. The best response would be to mention that you are exploring similar options in the same industry. “It can be helpful to mention that a common characteristic of all the jobs you are applying to is the opportunity to apply some critical abilities and skills that you possess. For example, you might say ‘I am applying for several positions with IT consulting firms where I can analyze client needs and translate them to development teams in order to find solutions to technology problems.’”, says job search expert, Alison Doyle.
13. WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CURRENT JOB?
Now they are bringing the big guns out. What you need to understand is that talking positive is the best way to go; talking negative about your past employers will not add any gain to you, and it will make the interviewer wary of your discretion and ability to be loyal. Always frame the question in a way that you are looking to develop a particular skill with the current company; for example “I am really interested in business development, and this would be the best company for me to do that.” If you were let go, stating that is a completely fine answer.
14. WHY WERE YOU FIRED?
Just be honest. The job seeking world is small, and your interviewer may already know the answer to that. However, if you can, don’t let it be a deal breaker; explain how your experience since then has been a learning experience, and you will have a better chance than just leaving it at why you were fired.
15. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A NEW POSITION?
Pro tip: Ideally the same thing this position has to offer; otherwise why are you applying for it?
16. WHAT TYPE OF WORK ENVIRONMENT DO YOU PREFER?
Pro tip: The same work environment this company has to offer. Specificity is key.
17. WHAT’S YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE?
The idea of a strong and flexible manager is exactly what the interviewers are looking for, and that is the impression that you should give off. It’s also important to share some of your best managerial moments, even as a club president in university; if you were in AIESEC and you expanded your university’s intern pool from 10 to 30, include that too!
18. WHAT’S A TIME YOU EXERCISED LEADERSHIP?
Whatever story you want to showcase, always include enough detail in order to make it believable; this is very key. But most importantly, the stories ought to showcase your ability to confidently lead a team.
19. WHAT’S A TIME THAT YOU DISAGREED WITH A DECISION THAT WAS MADE AT WORK
Disagreements between employees and bosses are inevitable; but hiring managers would like to know that the disagreements were carried out in a productive way. “Tell a story where your actions made a positive difference on the outcome of the situation, whether it was a work-related outcome or a more effective and productive working relationship”, says Peggy McKee of Career Confidential.
20. HOW WOULD YOUR BOSS AND CO-WORKERS DESCRIBE YOU?
Honesty is always key; your former boss will be called if you are indeed considered for the job. However, it’s also important to bring the best out of yourself. Responses such as your strong work ethic go a very long way in your consideration.
Source: The Muse