Questions in a job interview – what do they really want from you?

Questions in a job interview – what do they really want from you?

The types of questions that you will be asked in an interview will vary and depend directly on what position you are applying for, as well as the actual employer. Highly specialized professionals can count on having a formal interview, while others may or may not. As a rule though, interviews are designed to draw out the characteristics of a candidate, as well as discover his or her special talents or skillsets. If you are applying for a position that determines the overall direction of the company or possibly a leadership role, then expect to be grilled in a full interview in order to discover any possible character or professional flaws. 

Talking about yourself and what they want to hear
Hearing the dreaded “Tell me about yourself”, during an interview has driven many seasoned professionals into a stuttering mess. And yet, it is one of the most frequently asked questions. Have you prepared for this question? If so, the conversation will flow normally, like a quiet brook in summer. However, being totally unprepared for the question can demonstrate that you haven’t prepared or shown foresight. Even in this case, it is better to be calm and relaxed. 

When are you asked to describe yourself during the interview, be sure to give specific examples that you have previously demonstrated in a job. Talk about what you have accomplished or what motions you have put forward. Discuss the qualities you think are important and use specific examples. Use this opportunity to share your thoughts about company and what could be improved upon, or what role you could play in accomplishing stated goals. It is best to avoid generalities or pie in the sky claims.
You can sell yourself better by anticipating the following popular interview questions:

  • • What are your strengths?
  • • What are your weaknesses?
  • • What are some of your past accomplishments?
  • • Why do you think we should hire you?
  • • What added value can you bring to the company?
  • • Where do you see yourself in the near future, say 3-10 years?

These are the most important questions and will almost certainly be asked during the course of the interview. Be careful with short-comings and walk a fine line between putting the blame on others for not being to accomplish your goals and self-reporting. Talk confidently and be honest.

Ask your own questions during the interview
Do not forget that you also have a say in the interview, since you are also interviewing the company at the same time. Be sure to make sure that the company is worth your while, since the employment contract must be beneficial for both sides. So, with this in mind, be sure to ask your own questions. If you are not sure what questions to ask to the employer during the interview, be sure to ask about:
• Responsibilities (in detail and specifically)
• How and what you will be graded on during your performance evaluation
• Why there is an open vacancy and a little something about the previous person
• Wages, vacation, sick leave, compensatory leave 
Remember that your main weapon is your peace of mind. The right attitude will provide you with a 90% success rate. Don’t place any barriers or limitations in front of yourself. Skills can be learned, and business and personal qualities can be developed. Do not limit yourself geographically. Be sure to check out the latest ads and job postings on GVANGA, where job listings all over the world are placed. Submit your resume so that the employer may find you on their own accord. Companies are looking to recruit the best candidates from across the world, not just the guy next door. Good luck!

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