How to succeed in your job interview – Part 2
In the article earlier we have discussed how to prepare your interview. Part 2 highlights job interview questions that you can get and also what questions you have to ask at the end of the interview.
During the interview, questions from interviewer are more or less similar for every job you. Consequently, the best way is just to prepare them before the interview! For sure, they can ask new questions or ones related more to the job description. If you have already success for basics questions it is already a good point.
- Why did you apply for this job?
You can speak about the company but mainly about actual job for which you have made an application. You can say that the job is connected to your studies and what you want to do as job. Show your motivations, show that you really like this kind of jobs for several reasons and you heard only positive feedback about the company.
- What are your strengths? What will be your added value to the company?
It is the typical question. Draw the attention of interviewer on such qualities as enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility, fast learner… Try to use words that used in job description. Generally speaking, show that you are ready and motivated for this job and that you can start now without any difficulties.
What are you weaknesses? What are the points that you need to work on?
Don’t give a big list or be too precise with that list. “I don’t like to work in team” or “I am always late”are very bad examples of presenting yourself. Stay global and finish your story on a positive note. For example, if you are young without much experience, you can say ‘it is normal, compared to older persons, I have fewer experiences but I am young, dynamic and I am learning fast’. Employers already know that you have less professional experience, so you don’t want to say it twice.
- Where do you see you in the future?
In general, don’t say a job, totally different of the position, you interview is for. You just see you, for instance, in an international company, in the same field and maybe in the future are holding managerial position. Like that you show that you have a plan, you want to develop and grow. Never say directly that you want to take the job of your interviewer!
Also, this question is asked to see if you take this job seriously or if you will leave in one year. So it is important to say, for example, that you want to stay in the same city and that you see any reasons to move.
- When are you available?
It is better to say as soon as possible (if this is the truth). If it is not the case, give an estimate or if you are already in the process of leaving your current job, tell it. To the company you are applying for, it means that the delay will be shorter, if they give you a position.
Time to ask questions back!
It is better to have one or two question. For example, if you spoke about team work, ask about with how many people you will work? Show that you are interested about internal structure of the company and how it operates. Don’t ask question about fringe benefits or holidays during the first interview. If you the answers you wanted, just tell that you don’t have other questions since they give a complete image of a company and a job, so you understood what is the logic behind it
This is particularly relevant for international jobs or when you are looking for a job abroad, your prospective employer will test your language capabilities. This goes also for your native language!
For instance, if you are applying for a job abroad but job requires to speak your mother tongue; they will test your English (company language but not your mother tongue), your mother tongue to be sure that you are still speaking good and maybe third language, if any. In fact even if you apply for a job where you have to use English and your mother tongue, it is probably an international company. Consequently, they have teams for segmented per language (especially in customer service). Sometimes, they help each other and they want to see if you can help some other team, if necessary. In this case they will make a test to all language you speak, so don’t lie in your CV about the level of fluency.
With all these advices, don’t be in stress for your interview and just believe in you, it is the basis!! Good luck and tell us your experiences during interviews in the comments below!