Job interview – Part II.


2008. 11. 04. 12:20

Once they find a match between you and the position – in terms of qualifications and interests – it is likely that the interviewer will start to discuss the job details while observing you to gauge whether you have a real interest in the offered position.

At this stage, the hiring process should be explained to you. In case you do not understand them or you have the possibility to inquire about the company, now you can ask your questions. Do not be a fake, ask questions about things you are truly interested in.

You will ultimately come to the point when the interviewer asks you about your salary request, so bringing yourself up to date on the salaries available on the market is absolutely essential.

Remember to back your statements and claims so that the interviewer sees they are not unfounded.

Below are a few typical question that either you can ask or you can be asked:

Typical interview questions:

  • What are your short/long-range goals and objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • Why did you choose this career for which you are preparing?
  • What are your strengths, weaknesses, and interests?
  • What motivates you to make a big effort? Describe a situation in which you have done so.
  • In what ways have your college experiences prepared you for this career?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  • Was there an occasion when you disagreed with a supervisor’s decision or company policy? Describe how you handled the situation.
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • What interests you about our product or service?
  • Why did you choose to go to the college or university you went to?
  • What made you to choose your major or field of study?
  • In what kind of work environment do you feel the most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  • What two or three things would be most important to you in your job?

What you can ask:

  • How important does the upper management consider the function of this department/position?
  • What is the company’s plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in?
  • Could you explain your organizational structure?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
  • What are the daily duties and responsibilities of this position?
  • Could you describe your company’s management style and the type of employee who fits well with it?
  • What are the typical skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this job?
  • What is the company’s policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?
  • What particular IT tools do you use?
  • What kind of work can I expect to be doing the first year?
  • What percentage of routine, detailed work will I meet/encounter?
  • How much opportunity is there to see the end result of my efforts?
  • Who will review my work/performance? How often?
  • How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
  • How much opportunity will I have for decision-making in my first assignment?
  • Can you describe an ideal employee?


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