Sunday 28 July 2013

Top 8 Interview Questions

It is undeniable that a lot of interview questions are to be expected. In this blog, Muovo has shared with you a number of articles that can help you with your interview preparation. The list below is a list that summarizes the most important interview questions.

1. What Are Your Weaknesses?
Don't you just hate this question? Rather than what you say, it is the way you answer this question that really matters. From this question the interview will get an overall impression of what your character is like.

Try to 'minimise' your weaknesses and emphasise instead your strengths. Concentrate on professional traits, such as 'I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more an effective consultant' and so on.

2. Why Should We Hire You?
Summarise your experiences: 'With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team'.

3. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
Make sure you read the mission statement and/or vision of the company and try to combine your won career aims with those listed by the company. Do research the company history before you go in for the interview.

4. What Are Your Goals?
Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. Your immediate might be to get a position at a growth-oriented company. Your long-term goal might be to move further in your job and grow within the company.

5. Why Did You Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Job?
If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context:
'I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me'.

If you are employed, focus instead on what you would like to pursue in your next job: 'After 2 years, I decided to look for a company that cherishes team-work and is involved in projects that include a lot of team-work, where I can add my experience'.

6. What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't?
What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits. Summarise concisely: 'I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly'.

7. What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?
It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: 'My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humour'.

8. What Salary Are You Seeking?
It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer would be: 'I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?'

If you have any questions, Muovo would like to help! Good luck!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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