Behind the Interview Questions Part 1

Why do you want to work for us?

It's obvious you're seeking a job with suitable pay, but responding with "For the payment" isn't appropriate. Consider your priorities before answering. They reveal to the interviewer what's important to you and whether you've researched the company beforehand.

It's crucial to display enthusiasm, an understanding of how you can contribute to the company, and a desire to work specifically there, not just anywhere.

If you could choose where to work, which company would you prefer?

This question might lead you to inadvertently mention famous companies, which would be a significant mistake. It's best to say that after analyzing various companies, the one you're interviewing with aligns perfectly with your goals and skills. Add that you'd be excited to contribute to the company’s success and grow within this particular industry.

Why do you want to leave your current job?

This question contains serious pitfalls. Avoid them by not expressing all the negativity you've accumulated towards your boss, colleagues, or the company environment you wish to leave. Any negative comment could backfire—it will likely be seen as a poor attitude, an inability to manage situations, or a lack of interest in your work and environment, potentially ending your chances with this company.

Focus instead on your desire for growth and seeking a more challenging position, emphasizing the positive aspects that would allow you to develop.

Why were you dismissed?

This question tests how you handle failure and pressure. The worst response is to show bitterness and anger. Overcoming such disappointment is tough, but essential for moving forward.

Never speak negatively about a previous employer, manager, or colleagues. Do not cast blame or portray yourself as a victim.

It's important to show a positive attitude and readiness to take on the next challenge in your career.

Tell me about yourself...

Don't be misled, interviewers most probably aren't personally interested in you but in whether your experience and skills fit the job. This seemingly simple question can significantly boost or ruin your chances. Briefly highlight your top achievements and why you're the right person for the job. Prepare this in advance, ideally with rehearsals at home.

Your presentation will demonstrate your confidence, communication skills, and ability to prioritize the most important details without going into unnecessary depth. It also sets the initial impression of whether you would add value to the organization.

You may want to discuss your personal life, but avoid it. Topics like your children, family, or bank loans are inappropriate for this conversation.

Remember, the question isn't really about you. It's about what the company gains by hiring you.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

This is a challenging question because it's difficult to summarize a multifaceted personality in just three words, and you may ponder what personality type the interviewer is seeking.

Think about the job you're applying for. For example, "artistic" might not be the first quality an interviewer seeks in a clerk or an accountant. Prepare in advance and choose words that best represent you, whether it's being reliable, precise, good under stress, or a great leader.

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