5 Interview Questions Every Employer Would Ask You
“When I interview someone, I know in the first two minutes if I like them or not. I find that if it’s easy to talk to someone and I see an openness and honesty and integrity, then I usually hire them.”- Bobbi Brown
Got an interview to attend?
Suffice to say that you must’ve made all preparations till now. Right from formatting your resume, to getting your qualification documents in order, all arrangements have been made. You practiced your ‘2 minutes introduction’, revised all the things you could, but wait a second…you might have forgotten that lone essential that can help you nail te interview.
Yes, now you know it.
There might be some interview questions you fear your potential employer might ask.
No need to worry. Here are 5 typical questions that most of the employers include in the interview. Going through the discussion might complete your preparations and help you feel more confident.
1). Tell me about yourself
You might have heard this question in several instances and answered it in the way you liked. But this time, you’ll have to be a wee bit careful and cautious. However, an open ended question like this might give an easy start to your interview.
Your interview can turn into a light conversation or a serious one. It all depends on the way you answer this question.
The key to a perfect answer lies in making a brief outline before you speak anything. List out a few strength that might prove relevant to the position you’re applying for and accordingly, talk about yourself through past experiences that demonstrate these strengths. Know what to speak & where to stop and practice as much as you can.
2). Why Should We Hire You?
When asked, Julianne replied by saying ‘I’m a hard worker and I really want to be a part of this company’
Majority of people think of themselves as hard workers, then why this organization?
On the other hand Nick answered ‘Because I’m a suitable fit for this role. I have what it takes to solve problems and complete the job.’
You can easily feel the difference between both of these answers.
If not substantiated by strong statements and rigid facts, making promises surely won’t work.
Focus on what you can contribute to the company rather than what the company can do for you. Try not comparing yourself with other candidates and lay stress on your qualities and attributes. You’ll surely nail this question.
3). What Are Your Goals For the Future?
This one might have been bothering you for quite a while, but now is the moment when you’ll have to give it words in the most appropriate way possibly. In any case, your answer should be coherent with the job profile you are interviewing for.
Some acceptable answers might be:
- One of my long-term goals is to grow with an organization where I can take responsibilities, continue to learn and contribute as much as I can.
- In the future I see myself as an efficient and top performing employee in a well-established organization, like yours. I plan to enhance my skills and be a part of professional associations or groups in my field of interest.
4). What Has Been Your Biggest Accomplishment Till Date?
This question might boggle your mind a bit, surely you might have achieved a zillion things till now. Nevertheless, the situation demands an answer.
It’s important thst you pick a single achievement that you’re really proud of, something that is real and true to you.
The employer would definitely be looking forward to your benefits from the position and the company. You need to identify the key qualities of your position and sell those as a part of your answer.
If you say that your biggest accomplishment was winning the best marketer award at your previous company, then the benefit to the employer is quite obvious.
5). How Much Salary Do You Expect?
You’re sitting in the interview and everything has been going great. Then the employer looks at you and asks, ’How much salary do you expect?’ Your mind goes haywire and you don’t know what to say.
This is quite a common situation. The secret to efficiently answering the question lies in the research that has to be done beforehand. Find out about the pay-packages that other companies provide for the same job-profile and keeping a salary range in your mind, answer confidently.
Avoid sharing with the hiring manager what you currently make. Focus instead on how much the company is willing to pay. Be respectful and professional in your approach. It’ll turn out to be just fine.
Surely, acing an interview needs a thorough preparation and immense determination. However, everything which is difficult has got its hack. So is the case with a job interview. Just stick to the tips mentioned above and it’ll turn out well. Good luck!
Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the globe. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Gmail.