10 Questions You Should Be Prepared for Your Job Interview
04.08.2021 | Blog
As it is getting warmer and feeling more “Spring” lately, I am sure that a lot of people are looking for new jobs as a new beginning. Bond Consultants is always here to help you find your ideal job!
In this article, we would like to share with you 10 common interview questions that you should be prepared before your job interview and explain to you why these 10 questions are important from an “interviewer's perspective.”
1. Please introduce yourself.
This question is one of the most common questions that interviewers want to ask you to know more about you. It is best if it’s within 30 seconds to 1 minute and gives interviewers a summary of your background. You may want to include these contents below for your introduction.
- Educational background
- Work experience
- Your personality
The interviewer is asking you this question because he/ she simply wants to get to know about you, but also wants to test your explanation skills and language skills (if they ask you to answer in your 2nd language).
2. Can you tell me your strengths and weaknesses?
If you can explain your strengths and weaknesses with a couple of examples, that would help the interviewers to understand more about you. Plus, when you provide your weaknesses, you should tell them the solutions that you are working on or what kind of effort you put into to make it better.
Giving as much information as you can within a couple of minutes makes them think that you analyzed yourself very well and you have the skill to deliver information clearly.
3. Why did you apply for this position?
This one is also one of the most common questions that interviewers will ask you. It’s your time to express the passion that you have, how you can be beneficial to the company, why you are interested in the position, your vision at the company, etc.
The interviewers want to know if you are a good fit for the position, are interested in the position/ company, are motivated for the job, and are planning to stay at the company for the long term. Let’s understand their perspectives for asking this question then get prepared.
4. Why are you looking for new employment?
If you are a fresh graduate, it is obvious that you are looking for new employment; however, if you have years of experience then decide to look for a new job, you may want to prepare your answer to the question.
You cannot say bad things about your previous employers, coworkers, or boss. Instead of being negative about it, let’s be positive and tell them why you think “changing a job” is the best option for you at this moment.
5. What is your ideal (minimum) compensation range?
When you answer this question, it is always better to be honest, and tell your interviewer how much you are looking for. You can say “I am looking for a minimum $_____” or “I am currently making $_____ so I am looking for around the same wage.”
The reason why interviewers are asking this question is that they want to see if you are aware of your value, such as your skills and experiences to the company. One thing you need to be careful when you provide your desired salary ranges – IF you present higher salary requirement than average salary ranges to the companies, they tend to have higher expectations for your performance and demand much more duties and responsibilities.
6. What is your career plan within 3-5 years?
When the interviewers ask this question, they want to know if you are a good fit for the company/ position and you are serious about to be ready for long-term commitment within this company/position.
It is nothing wrong to be honest and explain what your goals are; however, if you tell them too much information that is not relevant at all, interviewers might think that you will leave the company sooner or simply not a good fit. So, when you explain your goals, you can always relate to the position you applied for!
7. Why did you study ________ at college?
If you are a fresh graduate or don’t have a lot of work experience, the interviewer tends to ask you this question. You might be asked not only your major/ minor that you had studied, but also your internship experience, club activities, etc.
The interviewer’s intention to ask you this question is to know your characteristics and to see if you are good at explaining/ summarizing contents. Since this question is about yourself, this might be a good opportunity to “sell yourself” for the position!
8. What do you know about my company/ product?
The Interviewer wants to know how serious you are, how motivated you are, and how much you are interested in the company/ products. Also, they are considering if you are a good fit for the company.
I encourage you to go over the company’s website and understand what kind of company they are or what kind of products/services they sell. In addition to that, if you can express your interests in their products/ service or company’s history, this will give them a good impression of you as a candidate!
9. Have you had interviews with other companies recently?
It’s best to be honest with the interviewers and tell them what kind of positions/ how many positions you have applied for. When they ask you this question, they are trying to see if you are serious about job hunting or if you are motivated for new employment at that moment.
The interviewers want to know how serious you are generally about job hunting, not about the job that you are having an interview for. It is very common and understanding that candidates (you) apply for multiple positions at the same time, so let’s be honest with the interviewers and answer the question.
10. Do you have any questions?
It is always better to prepare at least 2-3 questions to ask the interviewers at the end of your interview and it is highly recommended to ask questions such as environment of the company, company culture and information they don’t normally disclose on their website.
Here are some typical questions job applicants normally ask;
- Can you offer specific details about the position’s day-to-day responsibilities?
- What would my first week at work look like?
- How does this position contribute to the organization’s success?
- What do you hope I will accomplish in this position?
- How does the company culture affect this role?
* Reference: 45 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview - glassdoor
These are the 10 questions you must prepare for your job interview and the reasons why interviewers want to ask you such questions. The job-hunting period can be difficult and stressful for you, but I hope this article helps you to understand the interviewer’s perspectives so that you can be over-prepared for job interviews!
Please contact us here for additional questions or if you are actively looking for new employment right now.
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