1、Where did you think you’d be at this stage in your life?
Avoid saying further than you are now! It’s better to show you’ve met or exceeded your ambitions than fallen short of them. Tell the interviewers that you are happy with your life and career, but are looking for more challenge as you like to stretch yourself to achieve more.
2、If you could start again, what career decisions would you make differently?
You’re on sticky ground if you start trying to think of hypothetical career changes that might have served you better in the past. Your answers to interview questions will suggest you’re not happy with the way things are and no-one wants to hire an unhappy person.
“I wouldn’t change anything. I am happy with my career as it is now but want fresh challenges.”
“I’m not the kind of person who looks back with regrets. I prefer to invest my energy looking forward”.
3、 How would you approach a typical project?
If you’re applying for a project based job, such as a project manager, you will be asked this job interview question. Don’t give a long winded answer, but try to demonstrate that you would take into account the main components of effective project planning such as:
- Planning the schedule backwards from completion
- Working out what you need to get the job done effectively and on time
- Budgeting — costs, time and resources
- Allowing a contingency
4、How would you get the best from people?
If you are applying for any management role, it is highly likely you’ll be asked this job interview question. The kind of skills that we’d be looking for in a good applicant are:
- Good communication
- Teamwork skills
- Recognizing what each person can bring
- Setting a good example
- Praising good performances
1、How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly within the team?
Gaining credibility quickly is important. Make sure you listen, learn, question, understand. You might say: “That’s a good question and I realize it’s important to gain credibility quickly. I believe the best way is to show your colleagues that you respect their experience and want to learn from them as well as about them. You need to listen, ask the right questions and make sure you understand. If they can see you’ll fit in early on, it helps”.
2、Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
This is a behavioural interview question. If you can’t think of an example, it’s ok to say so. If that’s the case, either say how you would deal with it, or use an example where someone you know dealt with conflict well.
Most interviewers would look for:
-Getting both sides of the argument
-Suggesting and agreeing compromise
3、What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
Personal conflict is inevitable in the workplace Try not to say that A or B irritates you. Instead, talk about the characteristics which you find hard, not the people. You might say:
“I find I get on with most people so it’s not normally a problem. It’s rather disappointing when people don’t pull their weight I suppose and this has happened. In that instance I spoke to the person in private, explained that they were letting the team down and asked them to make more of an effort. They did.”
4、”Can you give me some idea of the salary you’re expecting?”is one of those job interview questions that can really get you tongue-tied.
What do you say? Usually, moments later, you realize you’ve accepted a salary far lower than you wanted. Although you were prepared to negotiate your salary, you panicked at the last minute and lost your nerve. As you leave the interview room, your excitement at getting the job is tainted. You can’t help feeling undervalued, even a little duped. Ask for too much and you risk looking unrealistic, over confident, maybe even greedy. Ask for too little and you risk undervaluing yourself and your contribution, and ultimately being underpaid. For many of us, salary is one of the most important factors in taking a job, but it’s often the hardest to deal with.
Nerves got the better of her and worried about sounding greedy, she suggested a lower amount. When she was offered the job, there was the salary she suggested, right at the start of the offer letter. She wasn’t surprised but she was disappointed. So how can you avoid this happening to you?
Research is essential when it comes to suggesting a reasonable salary. Take time to look though job advertisements for similar positions. Research the or post a question in a forum or on Yahoo! Answers Research the Company too. A large Company, if asked, will probably have more scope to offer you a better benefits package than a smaller one.
-Don’t initiate salary discussions or say anything about pay during your job interview unless asked
-If you’re asked for a figure, suggest a range rather than an actual figure. This gives room to negotiate if a firm job offer is made during the job interview
-If you’re offered the job and reach agreement on a salary, make sure the written job offer states this amount clearly
-And when it comes to the actual salary negotiation here are 6 essential salary
-The most important thing to remember when discussing your salary is that it is a negotiation. Like any form of bartering, the first figure you mention in the job interview probably won’t be the figure you agree on. But it’s a place to start.
-Be confident about what you’re worth. Recognise that you’re bringing something unique to the Company, and that you’re worth the wage you’re requesting. Even if you’ve only jusfinished school or college, you still have something unique to offer and it’s important to bear that in mind as you think about salary negotiation.
-Remember also that it’s not easy finding the right person for a job. If you’ve impressed the interviewers enough to employ you, you have the upper hand and paying a little more to keep you isn’t too big a deal. So ask for a slightly higher salary than you expect.
-If the job advertisement mentions a salary range, employers will be prepared to pay more for the right candidate. If you’re a little uncomfortable asking for the top figure, choose one just above the mid-range. This gives the impression that you are worth a good wage and is a great place to start.
Assuming an advertised salary range of $30,000 to $42,000, you might say this:
“I’m expecting a salary in the region of $38,000, based on my knowledge and experience”.
Remember that salary is not everything. If the salary is less than you hoped and the Company won’t or can’t go any higher, ask about other benefits which are important to you like training courses, financial help with further study and so on.
1、 Give us an example of how you have resolved conflict.
As this is a behavioural interview question, you need to find an example of conflict that you have resolved. The sort of skills you need to demonstrate in your interview answer are:
- Discussing problems with individuals in private
- Making sure you get to the root of the problem
- Finding a solution that everyone will accept
2、What did you look for when you hired people in the past?
This is a general question. Don’t think about specific skills of the job you are applying for. Think generally about the key attributes everyone looks for in a good applicant. Among others, these include:
3、Do you work best by yourself or as part of a team?
Most jobs require both, to varying degrees.
As with all answers to job interview questions, think about the position you are applying for. Are the interviewers looking for a team worker? Did they mention this in the advert or is it implicit in the job description? If a team player is required, tell the interviewers that you work well in a team. Give an example if you can. You might say:
“I prefer to work in teams. I find that better decisions are reached when people work together and share ideas. Of course I’m happy to work alone when required too.”
If the job is mostly done alone, you might say:
“I work very well by myself because I’m self motivated, organized and conscientious. I’m comfortable working in teams though and recognize that this is better in some situations”.
4、What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
You will deal with many personalities in any job. If the interviewers know the people you’ll be working with, they might have a personality in mind! It’s hard for you to know this however so stick to a safe answer. You might say:
“I find I work well with almost everyone but who I work best with might depend on the activity. If it’s a project, I prefer to work with someone who’s practical and organized because this is important. If it’s leading a discussion, working with someone who’s a good facilitator helps.”